When the latest Manila lockdown ends in a few days, chances are many of us will need a light refresher on the finer details of planning and executing even short getaways. Depending on where in the country/world you are going, there will be advisories, vaccination notifications, travel permits and plenty of other administrative details to take note of.
But before you navigate all that, there is the matter of packing. While much remains the same in this department, a lot as changed, and even seasoned jet-setters could be forgiven for overlooking the new-normal essentials. So whether it’s a long weekend at the beach, or a week-long hike in the mountains, don’t forget to throw these critical items in your bag.
1. A face mask, the most essential travel accessory of 2021
You may have been a pro packer back in 2019, but 2021 demands at least one essential item you just might forget: the face mask. And we don’t mean just one. Whether you travel by plane, bus or car, you’re going to need a back-up supply for when you lose yours at the beach or get it wet at the hotel pool. Known for its smart home and home office solutions, Innohome has addressed an important need by now selling three-ply medical-grade disposable masks. They come in boxes of 50, and in space-saving sleeves of five each, making them easy to slip into your backpack for short trips.
2. A powerbank, to keep your gadgets charged all the time
Whether you’re high in the mountains or far out at sea, you’re going to need to keep your devices charged. Bridgetech is the go-to brand for fast power-delivery needs in the Philippines and has rugged products that can withstand travel wear and tear. Protected by a one-year warranty, Bridgetech’s 10,000 mAh powerbank weighs 222 grams, charges in as few as five hours and can power several devices in one go. Pair it with Type-C, Lightning and Micro cables, which are heat-resistant, can be plugged/unplugged up to 5,000 times and feature soft nylon mesh to minimize aggravating tangles in your backpack.
3. A personal air purifier, so you can breathe easy
It’s a big, beautiful world out there, but it also comes with dust, pollen, airborne bacteria, smoke and other allergens. Whether you are hiking in a national forest, exploring old heritage sites or in transit to your next great adventure, breathe easy with your very own personal air purifier. The rechargeable Aviche personal ion generators emit up to 120 million negative ions and can remove 99% of PM2.5 particles from the air immediately surrounding you. The sleek new Aviche M5 model has low and high gears to match your environment and can last up to 180 hours per charge. Find out more on the PuriAir Philippines through the official website, or follow them on FB and Instagram.
4. A beloved cure-all for sudden aches and pain
Instead of stuffing dozens of pills and potions into your medicine kit, try carrying White Flower Embrocation, a heritage cure-all made of methyl salicylate, menthol crystals, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and camphor. It is perfect for beach bums and adventure-seekers alike, and soothes everything from headaches and motion sickness to insect bites and muscle pain. It also comes in handy 2.5ml bottles for those who travel light.
5. An herbal remedy to protect your health while on-the-go
You can also pair your White Flower with Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa, made with 16 herbal ingredients and honey to relieve cough, sore throat and hoarseness. Visit the official White Flower Embrocation and Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa Facebook pages to learn more.
Produced in partnership with the following partners: Bridgetech, Innohome, PuriAir, White Flower Embrocation and Nin Jiom Pei Pa Koa.