10 Commuter Essentials to Brave Any Manila Weather
So you can be ready for anything, anytime!
(SPOT.ph) We get it. Living in the Metro especially in the summer means dealing with unpredictable weather—rainy mornings, scorching afternoons…and who knows what to expect in the evenings? So when you live in a place where the weather is as random as the lottery, then you’ll definitely want to be prepared. And to help you out, we’ve got this handy list of 10 things every commuter needs to stay cool, dry, and generally well-prepared no matter the weather!
Women SPRZ NY Pocketable Parka (P790) from Uniqlo
Let’s face it, rain in Manila is one of the most inconvenient things that could happen while you’re out and about! But when it's humid, wearing a parka or jacket the whole time is not ideal. That’s why this handy pocketable parka is perfect! Not only is it stylish and cute, but you can just pop it in and out of your bag whenever you need it.
Water-Repellent Organic Cotton Sneakers (P1,650) from MUJI
We bet that once you’re wearing these timeless white sneakers, you’d feel like you can do anything. And you’d be right because these sneakers aren’t just classic and extra comfortable, they’re also treated with technology that makes the material water-repellent so you can say goodbye to wet feet and mud stains from now on!
Vintage Backpack in Death Valley (P1,990) from Parkland
In case you missed it, Parkland just came out with their newest collection of bags and backpacks made entirely out of recycled materials! They turned recycled plastic bottles into polyester, which they use for their bags, making them durable and water-resistant. Plus the cute designs are all shades of trendy and stylish—you would never have guessed they were sourced from upcycled material!
Manual Portable Flamingo Fan (P150) from The Stockroom
If there’s anything rainy and sunny days in summery Manila have in common, it’s the heat. So one easy trick to beating the heat during every commute is having this portable fan handy! It works manually, so you won’t have to scramble for a pair of batteries every time. Plus points for the super-cute tropical design, too!
Ultra Thin Face Towel (P120) from Aquazorb
As a commuter in Metro Manila, it seems almost inevitable that you’ll be left as a sweating mess after even just a short jeep ride (have you felt the heat?). Life hack: Grab an extra absorbent and lightweight towel that you can pad under your clothes if you don’t want any sweat stains. You can also use it to gently pat away sweat from your face—the material is super soft, plus it dries a lot faster than regular cotton towels!
Maru (P499) from Sunnies Studios
Sunnies are a summer staple. Protect your peepers from the harsh sunlight and do it in style when you put on the Maru sunglasses from Sunnies Studios. Retro eyewear is back in style, and this slim oval-shaped pair will inject a dose of '90s into your everyday look!
Inverted Umbrella (P799) from Rustan's
It has probably happened to you before. You brave a storm with your umbrella and you manage to stay dry all the way to your destination...only to get wet when you start folding your umbrella. Annoying, right? We found an inverted umbrella that closes inwards, so you can just tip the excess water out!
Reusable Bags (P200/each) from SAC People
Any experienced commuter would know that you can't predict when you'll need an extra bag. From stashing sweaty clothes or wet towels to unexpectedly having stuff you need to take home, you’ll want something that’s easy to stash. These are foldable, so you can easily put it in your tote. Plus, it comes in pretty designs!
Faux Leather Belt Bag (P1,295) from Bershka
ICMYI, fanny packs (or belt bags, however you want to call them) have made a comeback. This one is stylish and lets you go on your usual commute hands-free, plus the faux leather material makes it water-resistant in case you get caught in the rain.
Cotton Cap (P499) from H&M
If your commute involves a lot of walking, you’ll want something to protect your face and eyes from the harsh rays of the sun (especially in the summer!). Put on this pink cotton cap to add a touch of fun to your outfit!