What should I have when commuting in Metro Manila?

Deciding on commuting instead? Here are some items to bring when you need to commute in Metro Manila. Sweat no more, (or lesser), and stay happier for your next gala with these item list for your commute.

1. Wear comfy flats.

commuter shoes

“A commuter can never own enough shoes. They either get too worn out from all the walking they take.” -Clueless Commuter

When commuting on the go, a comfortable pair of flats is a must have. You will never know how far you will need to walk, or how long you will need to line up for transport queues. SM Department Store sells Solemate flats for only 299.99 for two pairs. They will always go handy during your commute, not to mention, comfy.

2. Bring a pocket comb and a scrunchie.

It’s extremely humid in the Philippines. Bringing a pocket comb will instantly transform you from a “mahangin ba sa labas” (is it windy outside) look to an instant freshie in no time. Make sure it’s just small enough to just fit in your bag or jeans pocket. Go on, see your friends or go out on a date even if you have to commute.

3. Wear comfortable clothing.

It always pays off being dressed for the occasion, including riding jeepneys. Your trip may get sweaty. A comfortable t-shirt will always keep you happier, longer, during your commute.

Since not all t-shirts are created equally, opt for light high-quality cotton shirts instead of poly-blended ones. They let air easily pass through the cloth, which keeps you fresher longer. I personally look out for Uniqlo or Cotton-on‘s sale items, they’d go as low as Php 150 during sale. They’re great for commute.

If you need a more formal attire for your appointment, pack a blouse or a polo shirt with you. Just wear them when you arrive at your destination.

4. Don’t wear miniskirts.

Wearing mini skirts are highly discouraged when commuting. During commute, it’s hard to keep your composure when you aren’t feeling comfortable with your clothes. It’s also harder when you need to hide your rear when getting off a PUV (Public Utility Vehicle).

Cotton jeans with pockets on the other hand, will make you feel comfortable and safer. Pockets will also hold the minimum items you need to bring  when commuting.

5. Sweat on a clean handkerchief.

Bringing a handkerchief with you during commute will go a long way. Pick a high quality cotton cloth to wipe your sweaty nose during commute. This will keep dust off your face, which prevents pimples when commuting. Just make sure to bring clean ones. Dirty hankies might give you zits, so stay away from them.

6. Bring loose change and smaller bills

Lastly, prepare coins and smaller bills when commuting. If you can, pay exact change as well. It saves you troubles if you pay Manong Driver exact fare while helping him focus on his driving. Otherwise, pay using smaller bills. It’s also easier to check if you have been given the correct change when you pay using a smaller bill.

You’ll save more money by commuting rather than hiring a cab in Metro Manila. With this, you’ll have more money to spend for your upcoming date or appointment if you choose to do to so.

I hope this list helps on your next commute. Also, please share your commute must haves below. We look forward to hearing from you.