What to Pack for a Crazy, Fun Week in Manila

Come prepared!

Manila is a charming, lovely city that is home to some of the friendliest people and interesting cultural mixes. There’s everything for everyone in Manila.


Make the most out of your time in this colorful, interesting city by coming prepared!

What to Pack for a Crazy Fun Week in Manila

1. Black lightweight blazer (uniqlo.com , PHP1,490), 2. White button down (uniqlo.com, PHP590), 3. Distressed Jeans (zara.com, PHP2,295), 4. Denim Shorts (zara.com, PHP1,495),  5. Gray basic shirt (zara.com , PHP595.00), 6. Gray tank top (uniqlo.com, PHP390), 7. Swimwear (floatswimwear.com, PHP1,800), 8. Bohemian wooden pendant (soulflower.co, PHP175), 9. Leather sandals (renegadefolk.com, PHP1,780),  10. Sunglasses (Sunnies , PHP399), 11. Tote bag (soulflower.co, PHP2,970)

The secret to packing for the highly bipolar, normally humid Manila weather is the combination of light, breezy and comfortable with items to let you dress up or down—like accessories and a light jacket (especially for the rainy nights).

Day trip: food trips and walking tours

When it’s time to get active and you still want to look chic, throw on a light-colored short or sleeveless button-down with your most comfy pair of jeans and sandals. Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses!

Evening at the Collective or Cubao X

Manila has an interesting nightlife that’s robust with art and music. When in artsy haunts, sport a soft, basic shirt and maybe some cutoffs (it gets humid at night, even when it’s rainy).

A trip to a nearby beach

A visit to Manila wouldn’t be complete without going to a beach in neighboring cities. Make sure you bring swimwear, flip flops (which will be handy for a huge part of your trip) and sunblock.

Got tips? Share them in the comments!


About the Author

Donna Lopez Manio

Donna Lopez Manio is a twenty-something mother to a beautiful little girl with an overactive imagination. When she is not documenting her daughter's stories and punchlines, she also writes stories for publications in Singapore, New York and Stockholm. Most of her work is about Filipino arts and culture, which she considers very close to her heart. Outside of work and motherhood, Donna pursues graduate studies at De La Salle University Manila. also, whenever she finds time, she moonlights as a spandex-wearing, crime-fighting cat at night.