Every year, I usually take time off work to go on a trip to another country by myself. I’d find myself bumming at a friend’s place or finding the cheapest hotel there is and spending the weekend just exploring the city on my own. Other years, I’d go on a huge trip and would spend two weeks away and it would usually be with family. This year was a little different since I had resigned from my 4-year job. I was jobless and broke and so I couldn’t really afford to go anywhere but I knew that I wanted to go somewhere for my birthday. Hong Kong was tempting as one of my good friends and my personal hair stylist had moved back there from NZ and she already had a ticket to come and see me until she was stopped by her parents.
Coincidentally, I was also thinking about getting another tattoo that represented the Philippines. It was something that I was trying to put off because I hadn’t accepted the fact that I was living and working here and I still longed to be back in NZ. While chatting with a friend I had met in the last month, she gave me an idea to go up to the mountains to get a traditional tattoo by the oldest traditional tattoo artist, Whang-Od. Whang-Od is a 95-year old woman who until this day works almost all day giving tattoos.
So tomorrow night will be the first time for me to go up the mountains to visit this sacred woman. And would be the first time for me to go hiking since I was back in Papua New Guinea and hiked half the Kokoda Trail with the Australian Army. So enough with the chit chat, here are the items that I am packing for the 3-day trip to Buscalan, Kalinga.
Bags: 45L + 10L Deuter and Deuter Travel Belt
(Order of numbers in no particular preference)
- GoPro MonoPod
- Quick dry towel
- 4 shirts: 1 long-sleeved, 2 t-shirts and 1 singlet
- Sports bra and Underwear
- Sleeping bag
- Dry bag
- Neck pillow
- GoPro headstrap
- Candies and Matches for villagers in Buscalan
- Foldable Travel Bag
- Airism Hydro Jacket
- Flashlight and Headlight
- Instax Camera
- Sunglasses and Eyeglasses
- Spare battery iPhone case
- Powerbanks and cords
- Phone holder with attached flashlight and coin purse
- First Aid kit
- Scarf, bandanas and hand towels
- Bluetooth Speaker
- Alcohol and Foot Spray
- Quick Dry trekking shoes
- Extra cargo shorts
- Leg compressors and arm sleeves
- Water bottles
I’m a noob packer, I know. But this is a start. I’ll definitely learn from this experience in time for my second hike up on my birthday.
Until then, adios Manila!