Aaah…bag tinkering. There is something so gratifying about rummaging through someone else’s bag, isn’t it? Perhaps – like my college friends – you’re curious about finding something controversial – a prophylactic, a diary, or a copy of Twilight.
Bags are crucibles of a bevy of things. The mood lifters. The cool gizmos slash conduits to the world. The matter-ial. The unimaginable.
For many travelers, a bag is also a reflection of the many days and nights, the life that awaits on the road, all stuffed in one measurable container.
I asked some Filipino travel bloggers what’s in theirs and find
no one is carrying a prophylactic some pretty interesting thingamajigs – some of which, your own bags can use too.
Rain Campanilla, Words and Wanderlust
1. Sunglasses – for hangover mornings
2. Wet wipes – the single most awesome multipurpose stuff in the galaxy
3. Lipstick – my ultimate beauty shortcut
4. Powerbank – for ’em gizmos
5. Swimwear – cos there’s always a waterscape nearby
Because being on the road is not an excuse to be less dope. 🙂
Ervin Malicdem, Schadow1 Expeditions
Traveler/mapping advocate’s minipack :
Reiza Dejito, Wander If You Must
2. My trusty lip balm. There’s nothing more uncool than parched lips when meeting potential travel buddies.
3. A good book to keep me alert and awake while waiting at airports, bus stops, and hotel lobbies.
4. Sunglasses to hide those eyebugs, and of course protect my peepers.
5. First aid kit. A surefire way to make new friends.
2. Comfortable shoes/slippers
3. Small cross-body bag
4. Mobile Phone
Gian and Sheila, Adrenaline Romance
1. Lightweight microfiber towel
3. Collapsible wash bag for our toiletries
4. Waterproof camera (can’t blog without it)
5. Nalgene water bottle
Melody Co, Guiltless Getaways
Kevin Tsai, The Travel Guy Shops
Scarf from H&M and the Siem Reap night market. 🙂
Aleah Taboclaon, Solitary Wanderer
Mc Pol Androusse Cruz, Weekend Sidetrip
I always bring my:
Hazel Ramos, Journeying Pinay
1. Malong – can be a towel, blanket, scarf and i can change clothes anywhere while in it.
2. Sunglasses – as a solo traveler, i do not do direct eye contact, i keep my eyes ‘hidden’. at least they do not know if i am sleeping or awake when in transit, or if i were staring at them.
3. Camera, phones, powerbank. – even if sometimes i forget to shoot. Because i just savor. That explains my photo-less travels.
4. Drugs – for the vertigo and for the broken heart 😑 (hypertension)
5. Cologne – i want to smell ‘nice’ even after being under the sun, even after a smellyfishy boatride.
Kin Enriquez, Boarding Gate 101
4. Money and credit cards
5. Sense of adventure