Hey there, jetsetter! In case you haven’t heard, there are ten(!) OFFICIAL long weekends this year–not to mention three more that are still pending declaration.
Blue means it's time to hit the beach. (calendariu.com)
We’ll give you time to take in the good news, but once you’re done rejoicing, we suggest you start getting the year locked and loaded with countless trips you know you deserve. We've been bitten by the travel bug and we vow to turn 2015 into the year of travels. With the Pope’s visit and the Sinulog festival both in long weekend number two’s lineup (it's only the sweet beginning); today, we’re giving you a list of things that should be staples in your luggage wherever you may end up. From accessories, beauty products, and apparel that can go with you from the freezing cold to the scorching heat, remember that the key to a hassle-free adventure is in learning how to pack and knowing what to stash.
Medium Monmartre luggage, P 14,990, Delsey
Well, first of all, you would need a trusty companion. If you have a tendecy to over pack, you are not alone. Delsey's solution? A luggage that will alert you when your bag of goods reaches the 23kg weight limit. Awesome!
Swarovski crystal-embellished square-frame acetate sunglasses, P154,702, Dolce & Gabbana at net-a-porter
It doesn't matter where you end up going, a pair of chic sunnies should be a staple in your pretty purse.
Tie waist jumpsuit, P995, Bershka
Find a dress so lightweight, its presence will barely be noticed. It doesn’t have to be an LBD as long as you can layer it when you’re out of the country, and sport on its own at the beach. Oh, a laid-back romper is not so bad either.
Toe-ring sandals, Charles and Keith
No matter what OOTD you have in mind with your booties or sneakers, you cannot go on a trip without a pair of strappy flats. It's better than flipflops (please consider a sandal instead) and will look great with jeans, shorts, skirts, and dresses.
Purl-knit Sweater, P1190, H&M
A trusty pullover is everything: the perfect cover up from the intense sea wind at night, your BFF who will make you feel comfy in the plane, and the hugger that will keep you toasty when it's 10 degrees outside.
Lacoste.12.12 watch in Borneo white, Power Plant
A rubber watch in a basic color is something you can take from sailing in Palawan to shopping in the outlet stores of Tuscany. Plus, if you're a backpacker, it's the only accessory you'll need, really.
Kiehl's Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 30ml, P1995, Power Plant
Travelling is directly proportional to a walkathon under the sun, so do yourself a favor and always bring a bottle of SPF with you. It won't hurt if it has a matte finish either.
Lancome, Hydra Zen power system, Greenbelt 5
A place too cold or too hot can both take its toll on your skin. When out and about, be sure to take a hydrating moisturizer with you. This one from Lancome calms skin that's dehydrated or stressed. You want your selfies to use the #nofilter, right?
Physiogel Hypoallergenic lotion, P698, available at Watson's
The rest of your body needs its gulp of moisture, too.
Benefit benetint, P1800 at Rustan's
Learning how to pack light includes finding toiletries and beautifying baubles that come in small packages. If they do double duty like a trusty cheek and lip tint, all the more reason you should bring it with you.
Goody Start Style Finish Super Comb, P209.75, All Leading Department Stores
Unless you're planning to style the heck out of your locks at your trip, we advise you to simply take a toothy comb with you. Hey, undone hair is a trend this year, mind you.
External Powerbank For Portable, P2699, My Charge at Zalora.com
These days, no battery means no memories. Fill your Instagram with selfies, OOTDs, plus travel and food shots with no fear of running out of power with a battery pack. Just don't forget to stay away from these annoying Instagram habits we absolutely loathe.
By the end of 2015, you should be a seasoned jetsetter and an expert packer in one.