What’s in my Travel Backpack (for Siargao)

I’m going back to Siargao in a week!

Magpupungko Beach Siargao

More than 7,000 islands in this country, but I’ve only ever been to a handful. Siargao is in that measly count. It’s my second favoritestestest island, right after El Nido.

El Nido will always be my NO. 1, even though I haven’t seen her in 4 years. But that’s only because she’s too high maintenance. Siargao doesn’t demand. Well… her food’s fancy but that’s it. So I’m going behind El Nido’s back for a tête-à-tête with Siargao, for the second time in a row.

I’m ecstatic. In fact, my excitement has driven me to pack two weeks early! Which is why I’m writing this blog post. I wanted to share what I’ve prepared for Siargao.

Not that it’s important. I just really enjoy reading and watching “What’s in my Travel Backpack”/ “What’s in my Backpack” posts and youtube videos. This is my excuse to make one myself. 

My Bag of course!

My backpack is the 38 L Act Trail Pro from Deuter.

I know that 38 L is overkill for a 4 day trip – and to the beach too, where I won’t even need that many clothes at all! But this is the only backpack I have that can fit my stuff. I have a Jansport bag, but my 4 days wouldn’t fit in that either.

Summer clothes, which I’ve organized in these cute packing cubes!

Shoutout to the American boyfriend for getting me these. I’d been looking for inexpensive packing cubes in Cebu, for months, to no avail. The ones I found were always within the range of 500 PHP for one packing cube! So I asked Douglas if he could find me some in Tracy, and have them brought here by a family member who would visit.

Why does America have all the best things?

pink travel cubes cebu philippines what's in my bag

I’m not going to show everything, otherwise this post would take up your entire day. But this Something Borrowed top from Zalora  just has to be shared to the world.




I bought these from Rue 21 in Seattle. This pair was so bright compared to the rest of the bikinis in that store. It stood out. I just had to have it.


These ones were given to me by my aunt in Japan. I’m not sure if my cellulite-covered-bum will agree with my wearing this, but I’m bringing them anyway. Wish me luck!

Roxy Rash Guard
Sorry for the overexposure. lol.
Are rash guards considered as bikinis? This cropped one from Roxy might as well be!

This Microfiber Towel

Because micofiber towels should be the only kind of towel in a traveller’s bag.


I got this large size for only 600 PHP at Me and U in SM Seaside. I found this cheaper than the ones in other stores, where they sell the medium size for about the same price.


The black ones are Justcavalli, while the ones with the red leopard print details are knock offs.

This Sunscreen

Relax, I’m not going to show you the essentials. Just this one!

I think it’s important to point out that we should buy sunscreen that’s reef friendly – 100% natural, no harmful chemicals.

Think, not only of yourself, but of our sea friends.

The Equipment

I say that like I have the fanciest cameras. Not. lol.


Just the Hero 4 Silver, the stick, and a gorillapod for my Canon EOS M10 (represented by its cap), which I’m still contemplating on bringing.

So that’s basically it! I’m nowhere near done packing, but I shall continue in the next days. Hope to have satisfied the interest of the nosey people, such as myself! If you’d like to share what your travel essentials are, feel free to comment below. I’d love to know too!