MANILA, Philippines - It's usually harder to decide what to bring on a weekend getaway (compared to say, month-long trips) since most people tend to pack a lot more than what they really need.
But Charisse Aquino-Tugade, president of tour operator Cultureight, is here to help us deal with what to put in the bag. In an interview with radio dzMM, she listed six must-have items on any weekend trip (NOTE: standard items such as money, IDs, and travel documents are not included):
"Just enough" clothes. Consider the current weather conditions and the kind of activities you'll be doing during the trip (e.g. walking, hiking, swimming) while packing. But keep your clothes to a minimum, since these take up a lot of space. Aquino-Tugade suggested bringing three (3) pairs of underwear, two to three (2-3) shirts, and two (2) pairs of shorts or pants.
A sarong. This long fabric, usually wrapped around the waist, is considered a traveler's best friend: it can be used as a skirt, a towel, a scarf, a blanket, and even as a makeshift bag. For Aquino-Tugade, the sarong is the most important thing to bring on any weekend trip.
Meds. Bring enough meds for your trip, plus a few days extra in case there are changes in your travel plans. Must-haves are pain relievers, stomachache medicines, and anti-histamines.
Toiletries. Instead of bringing the usual sachets of shampoo, lotion, and toothpaste, assign someone in your group to bring these in bottles or tubes. This is more practical (since you can still use them when you get home) and environment-friendly (since you don't use up too much plastic).
A camera. This gadget is especially helpful for people who are: a) traveling on a budget; b) going on a nature trip; c) very sentimental.
Garbage bags. Aquino-Tugade said it's always good to bring a few garbage bags (clean ones) while traveling. In here, you can place not only your trash but also your dirty clothes, shoes, and even your pasalubong.
But of course, you can still bring your iPod, DVD player, a bag of chips, and any other thing you think you can't live without. What's more important is you and your loved ones get to have a great time wherever you go.