One thing you realise when on holiday is that after you are here you have your wish list.. the “I wish I had brought this or that” well ive come up with the list of items that I wish I had brought on my first trip to Cebu and Manila.
Now the waterproof camera cover has 2 functions.. one for the 35mm camera and the fact that the bag floats. But also its good to keep a mobile phone dry on a boat trip ( I lost £200 worth of phone due to waves getting in the electronics )
The Next step up would be to buy an underwater camera for taking photos of fish etc. When you go Scuba diving or Snorkelling. This camera is ideal for the snorkelling but not a high enough rating for diving.
Now the Gorillapod is one of those items that seem expensive until you way up the amount of time you use it. Its a mini tripod with a difference. Ideal for taking photos on a table or wrap it round a branch for group photos. A gadget definitly worth its money long term. Add the fact that it will fit in most camera cases alongside your camera you are unlikely to forget it aswell.
The Next Items are Solar Chargers which work for your MP3, Mobile Phone, etc and come with the adaptors. Not an item you would think you need too much unless you travel around. I have a habit of leaving my mobile phone uncharged and then realising when I go to make a call. With the solar chargers at least you know you can charge up where ever you are in the Philippines. Especially if you go into more remote areas that may not even have electricity.
UK Link :-
Rechargable Batteries are something you need in more things than you realise most of the time and generally they are AA. The batteries below actually just plug in to your laptop directly.
If you can get a good deal on rechargable batteries please get them in advance as the batteries in the Philippines are comparable with the U.K. prices and unless you buy from a reputable dealer there is no guarantee of the quality (e.g. copies).
Why choose USB ? because simply it cuts down on your luggage space as you can plug it directly into your laptop to save space. If you are moving to the Philippines would advise getting a charger from somewhere such as the Kodak shops so you can get a quality charger unit and batteries.
Final item is something for the hotel room or while sat in the airport etc. The reason I say hotel room is simply a lot of the Philippines TV isnt what you would normally watch top that with a constant flow of adverts which are biast and untrue in many aspects. I opt for watching shows on my laptop or on an MP4 player. The advantage with the MP4 player over the laptop is the fact you can have it in your hand while queuing etc.
UK Link :-
U.S. Link :-
Now you are probably wondering why I wouldnt buy any of these products in the Philippines even if they were cheaper. Simple reason is there is no quality control in the Philippines and many products are fake, faulty, factory reject sold as new and so far I have had :-
1. Mosquito killer that worked for less than a day.
2. A T.V. which is a year old where one of the RGB guns is on its way out.
3. Lots of smaller products that have literally fallen apart.
Also the advice above is based on a vacation/holiday what would it be like if you bought a camera etc. to find after you got to the top of a mountain or diving that it didnt actually work or had some faults? Those moments are priceless and also in a lot of cases not only will you guarantee the quality buying in your home country with its 1 year guarantee instead of None to 7 day guarantee in the Philippines, you may also find its cheaper due to the high taxes on electronics in the Philippines.
I hope you found this article helpful and would like feedback aswell as any other product suggestions.