With the wonderfully varied culture of the city, tourists will certainly be confused on what to wear in Davao. Here is a guide to help you sort your luggage out:
- Choose clothes that are loose and light-weight on natural fiber especially if you’ll be doing a lot of touring around the city. Bring clothes that suite the tropical temperatures of the region.
- The heat of the sun can get extremely intense during the dry season, make sure to avoid exposing yourself to the sun and wear sunscreen appropriate for your skin type.
- Pack a waterproof jacket and be prepared for the possibility of rain showers in the city
- Know that daytimes can get very hot and eventually have cool evening,s so pack a light sweater if you are sensitive to climate changes
- Dress codes in restaurants, malls and tourist attractions are normally very casual.
- Informal clothing is acceptable almost anywhere in the city except in churches, mosques or temples.
- Most establishments such as restaurants, bars, and offices impose strict dress codes. They consider it improper to wear slippers, shorts and sleeveless t-shirts.
- Davao is a city with many cultural feasts and festivals make sure to bring some presentable clothing as you might need it when attending formal gathering, religious services or cultural festivals.
- For more formal occasions, the traditional Barong Tagalog is a favorite among men.
- If you do plan to make a trip to the top of the mountain, or scale an odd volcano, make sure to bring warmer clothing such as jackets or sweaters. Even during the hottest months of the season, temperatures can insanely drop at night especially in higher parts of the city.
- Do bring a pair of flip-flops or thongs. You might find it useful when using some of the hotel bathrooms, showers or when you go visit the beach.
- Do carry insect repellent around with you. You wouldn’t want to go home with insect bites all over your body. Mosquitoes thrive on tourists’ skin so make sure you have the proper gear to repel them especially when visiting gardens and forests.
Aside from tips on what to wear in Davao, here is a list on the essentials to bring as well:
- Bring a travel plug adapter to recharge you gadgets with as the voltage may not be the same from where you came from.
- Hold a pocket calculator with you at all times for converting currencies. You wouldn’t want to be a victim of buying overpriced souvenirs. Better yet, use the calculator on your cellphone.
- It’s also wise to bring a torchlight especially when walking along the beach shores at night.
- Although Davao weather may be predictable, we cannot avoid the occasion rain showers, bring an umbrella to be dry and safe.
- Lastly, bring a camera and your wireless internet to document your Davao trip to keep your friends updated thru your social media accounts. Nothing beats having photographic memories along with you.
The golden rule of packing is to bring as little of your belongings as possible. Choose what to wear in Davao carefully and don’t bring unnecessary stuff along. Don’t let you luggage hassle your vacation to the city. Pack light and pack smart!