What to Bring to Palawan

Going to Palawan can be an amazing experience, but what should you bring? Here are things we suggest you need to do or to take with you when visiting Palawan.

Wet bag

Because you will likely hop on to boats and get water splashes on to you. Especially when taking the island hopping tours in El Nido, wet bags are essential.

Waterproof casing and camera

Since the climate in Palawan can be a little unpredictable, and at the same time you might like to perform underwater diving and take some pics, it’s a very good idea to get a waterproof camera and casing so you can get the best possible pictures without having to worry that you will ruin the camera.

Wet shoes

Getting some wet shoes is a very good idea because you will likely step on rocks and what-not’s while doing your boat tours.


We’re in the tropics and unless it’s raining – the sun shines bright in Palawan. Protect your precious skin.


Sun protection and even physical protection for your head is a good idea. There are lots of hat types out there, you can be creative, but getting one is a necessity while in Palawan.

Mosquito repellant

Mosquitos are common in this side of the world and they do not discriminate between a 5-star and 1-star accommodation. We recommend mosquito repellants that are DEET-free. Our tried-and-tested recommendation: All Terrain, Herbal Armor, Insect Repellant DEET-Free

Plastic bags

Plastic bags are great for transporting various items, but at some point you can use them as a barfing bag too, if that is the situation, of course. Remember that these bags should be included in your backpack just in case, because you can always encounter situations where you might actually need these at all costs.


There are no ATMs in El Nido, Sabang, and pretty much the rest of Palawan except for Puerto Princesa.


Getting some meds in your backpack is great because with them you can solve numerous health issues, such as car sickness, diarrhea and so on. Make sure to pack as many as possible, for a variety of conditions, as this is the only way to achieve complete protection at all times.


These are the saviors of the internet-connected generation. El Nido does not have electrical power for half the day so it will be really helpful if you have spare “power” with you for those just-in-case moments.

These are just the basic items we recommend as we are travelers ourselves. Have fun in our island! 😉