Things to Consider When Traveling to Philippines

June 24, 2009 by  
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Travel Philippines

Philippines is a beautiful place, and enjoyable to experience. But, in order to get most out of your visit to this lovely island, you need to consider various things.

Here, I’m going to layout things you need to consider during your trip:

The climate

Philippines is a tropical country with basically 3 seasons. June to October is the wet and rainy season. November to February is the cool but dry season. And March to May is the hot and dry season.

Best time to travel

Considering the weather and the important celebrations in Philippines, it would be best for you to book your flights on December, January or May. Middle of December to Middle of May is off-season for typhoons, thus making it the perfect time for your trip. If you want island-hopping, you might consider having your flights on March and April to enjoy the warm climate, and it’s also a perfect time for taking photographs.

Things to bring

This should be quite practical. Basically, just bring the things you will really need, and you think you can’t buy in the Philippines. Most things you need though are readily available in the stores and malls in Philippines. Don’t forget to bring your camera, rechargeable batteries, and a travel plug adapter. You should always bring your hand sanitizers and a hanky. A flashlight will also be handy during power failures.

Clothes to wear

Bring clothes that are loose and light suitable for tropical climates. T-shirts and shorts will be perfect. Also, bring a light jacket or sweater as this can be useful even on hot and dry seasons.  You might also need your semi-formal clothes when attending festivals and special occasions.

Electricity Standards

Standard voltage of electricity in Philippines is 220 volts and 60 hertz.  Some of the hotels also have 110 volts power outlets though, but it would be wise to only bring gadgets with you that are compatible with the power standards of Philippines.

Business hours

Most establishments in Philippines are open 6 days a week from 9 O’clock in the morning to 7 O’clock in the evening. Some malls are open up to 9 – 10 in the evening.

Government offices are open from 8:00AM to 5:00PM. There is always a lunch break for the government offices which should start at 12 O’clock in the morning to 1 O’clock in the afternoon. Banks often don’t have a lunch break and should be open from 8AM to 3PM.


Eight hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

I hope this helps you plan your trip to Philippines.