I always worry about my luggage when traveling. My obsessive-compulsive side always want to make sure I do not bring too much and most of the time, I barely reach half of my luggage limit.
I am lucky to be gifted with the talent of travelling light. When I went for Malaysia for Ms. SCUBA International 2013, I managed to fit in 25 kilograms two pairs of heels, national costume and with all my dive gears.
The problem most ladies face when doing long-term travel is trying to fit everything into a small luggage. I can recall the sight of my Bb. Pilipinas 2013 co-candidates during our three-day stay in Shangri-La. I felt that I barely brought stuff since I only carried a medium-sized duffel bag while the rest brought ones as huge as dive equipment bags (TBH I will never know what was inside those bags).
Back in 2015, I went to Tacloban and packed for a month of volunteer work which turned out to be longer. It became a 5 month-long wardrobe in a 50 L backpack?
How did I survive?
Here is my list:
4 Tank Tops
4 Shirts – 2 short-sleeved and 2 long-sleeved
Choose ones made from light materials.
3 Pair of shorts
2 Long Pants/Trousers
1 Pair of Leggings
1 Long Skirt
4 Pairs of Underwear
1 Sarong/ Cover-up (30 Ways to Use Your Sarong)
1Towel (Microfiber is best)
1 Pair of Sneakers or Rubber Shoes (Hiking shoes are not as good-looking but they do their job well)
1 Pair of Flip-Flop
1 Pair of Ballerina Flats (For sophisticated moments.)
These are my basics and you can choose to add clothing items depending on where you will be doing volunteer work. If you are backpacking in the Philippines, I suggest you bring ones made of cotton because the humidity will make you sweat like a pig and a pair of joggers and long sleeve shirt will help fend off mosquitoes at night.
Having a hard time deciding which to take? Let George Clooney inspire you or check out this Pinterest Board.