Prepping for Your Island Escapade: Island Hopping Essentials

Basking in the sun for hours. Frolicking on the beach with friends. Snorkeling and exploring the colorful world underwater. What a way to take a break from the busy life.

You can experience all these when you go island hopping in Cebu. But before you go on that adventure, you need to prepare yourself. As with any outdoor activity, you should be all geared up.


We’ve come up with a list of some island hopping must-haves to make your experience truly enjoyable.

  • Food and water

Outdoor activities like island hopping require lots of energy. And for you to have the energy you need, you should have some food and water with you. Whether you’re staying in the island for a few hours or overnight, be sure to bring enough supplies.

  • Comfortable clothing

Light and loose clothing are the best kinds to wear when heading out to an island. For the ladies, a stylish sundress will do the trick. A tank top and a pair of shorts are also ideal for the trip. For the guys, a shirt and boardshorts would be great. The important thing is that you’re comfortable with what you’re wearing.

  • Swimsuit

Island hopping is synonymous with beach time. So don’t forget to bring your favorite swimming gear and make the most of your time.

  • Flip-flops or sandals

You’ll be spending a lot of time on the sand for this trip. A pair of flip flops or sandals will be more comfortable and practical.

  • Sunglasses and hat

Expect the day to be hot and sunny. You might want to bring your trusty sunglasses and a hat to shield you from the sun while you’re out.

  • Sunblock

Too much sun can be damaging to your skin. To avoid getting more than just a tan, don’t forget to bring sunblock and keep it within reach. Protect your skin and put on a generous amount before going out.

  • Waterproof camera

It would be smart to use waterproof gadgets for outdoor adventures like this. Sure, you can bring a regular camera if you just want to take some gorgeous shots at the beach. But if you want to capture awesome underwater shots, better bring a waterproof one. Then you can preserve those wonderful memories.

  • Waterproof bags or containers

Since you’ll be near the water most of the time, it’s best to waterproof your stuff. Protect your personal items and other electronic gadgets by using waterproof bags. Nowadays, you can easily buy waterproof bags and pouches from sporting goods stores.

  • Toiletries and medical supplies

It’s always good to be prepared especially when you’re outdoors and quite far from the city. Make sure to bring medicines and insect repellents. For your personal hygiene, bring some soap, shampoo and toothpaste in small amounts. Toilet paper is also handy for this trip.

  • Camping equipment

If you plan to spend the night outside and sleep under the stars, you can bring camping equipment and outdoor gear. You may set up camp under palm trees near the beach. However, be sure to check island regulations beforehand to find out if camping is allowed.

To make sure you have all the necessary things, make a list of everything you need and pack them a day before your trip. Keep in mind that the best way to do it is to pack light.

Planning an island hopping adventure? SDR Apartments can make arrangements for you. Apart from providing premium Mactan Island accommodation, we can plan your cruise or tour to some of the finest islands in Cebu. Call us and we’ll be glad to answer your inquiries.

Prepping for Your Island Escapade: Island Hopping Essentials was last modified: August 5th, 2015 by SDR Apartments