Travel Inspiration

When I made my blog From Sea to Summit, I intended it to be an outdoor blog. Somewhere were I can post anything about my outdoor activities. Later on, I come across a lot of Filipino travel blogs. Right then and there I realize that I can also write about my travel experiences in this blog. So I decided to make this a travel/outdoor blog.
Since I was a kid, I always love to go to place I never been to.Basically, that’s the reason why I chose mountaineering as a hobby. I love the feeling of being in a place where no one knows you. I got fascinated how the locals in a certain area, live their life. Traveling to different places is one of my dream. But I always thought traveling is too expensive. Not until I came across Journeying James’ blog. His blog is such an inspiration. All of his backpacking challenges and more make me realize that I can travel in a cheap way.
I’ve been climbing mountains for four years, and I guess travelling with a backpack is not an issue to me. With my backpacking skills, I think I can plan my own backpacking challenge like Journeying James plan his. I’ve made itineraries and host a friendship climb a few times, so the whole backpacking thing is not new to me. But I still need to prepare and plan my trip.
I’m starting to plan my backpacking challenge, as we speak. Since I’m not yet comfortable travelling alone,  my cousin Carla who also has the same passion I have, is going with me on this trip. As I was planning our  very own Backpacking Challenge, I found myself in the Sole Sisters blog. This is a blog of two remarkable lady, blogging their adventures and trips in Southeast Asia. They’ve become one of my inspiration in planning a backpacking trip. Because I want to be updated with their blog’s content, I registered my self in their email newsletter. In return, I got to have a copy of their magnificent e-book.   
The Sole Sister Guide to Planning an Epic Adventure eBook has been a great help to me on planning our trip. This eBook is equipped with all the trip planning information and tips you need. If you want a copy of this fantastic eBook, head now to Sole Sister blog and subscribe to their newsletter. I guarantee you, you’ll never regret it. 🙂 

Homemade Trail Mix

Are you worrying on  how to fit all your trail food inside your backpack? Well, let me give you some idea. If you bring different trail foods from separate bags, that will not fit onto your backpack. But if you made a Trail mix that is loaded with all the vitamins and minerals essentials for your hike, you can save some space for important stuff in your backpack. I’ll teach you this simple and amazing way to make your own homemade trail mix that even your baby can do. 🙂


  • 2 pounds dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 pounds cashews
  • 1 pound raisins
  • 1 pound M&M’s
  • 1/2 pound dried mangoes
1. Mix all ingredients.
2. Store in an airtight container/zip locks.
Here’s your finish product.

How to Prepare for a Trip

Summer is almost here. So I want to share to you an idea on how to prepare for your trip. I just hope this can help you, especially to those who loves to travel.

1. Decide
Decide where you want to go. How much your budget for the travel, and Who will go with you. If you some extra time, search on the net about the place you want to travel. What’s their culture. Also decide on what clothes to bring for the trip.

2. Prepare
You might want to call a hotel or resort for any reservation.If you happen to decide to use a tent.  Try to ask for any information regarding campsite. Prepare the things you will bring during the trip. Backpacking Checklist will come on handy with this.  Make sure everything that you will bring is working great. Be sure you make itinerary of your trip and give a copy to your family. So if anything happens and worst comes to worst. They know where to find you.

3. Run-through 
Have a run-through on everything. Have you booked your flight? Have you call a hotel or resort for any reservation? Do you need a passport for the trip? Do you have everything that you need to bring for the trip? Have you research anything about the place you want to visit? Such things need to be done before your trip.

4. Enjoy!
Now you can enjoy your trip. You have prepare everything for it. All you need to do is relax and enjoy your vacation.

Backpacking Checklist

I was scanning through my files in the drawer and I come across this climbing checklist. It was given to me by a friend a long time ago, to help me with my packing. Honestly, I really have some packing issues. I usually forgot to bring the most important things during our climbs. This checklist have really work wonders to me. I hope it will also help you. This also a good reference for travelers.

___ Long sleeved shirt
___ Short sleeved shirt
___ Sweater
___ parka
___ Vest
___ Pants (non-denim)
___ insulated long pants
___ cycling shorts
___ long underwear
___ swimsuit

___ Cap, hat, visor
___ bandana, tubao
___ facemask, ski mask

___ Mountain shoes
___ Socks
___ Gaiters
___ Sandals, Slippers

___ Mitts
___ Gloves
    Wind/Rain wear
___ Raincoat, poncho, rain pants
___ Wind breaker, Wind pants
___ Tent, Vestibule, Stakes, Guylines
___ Ground Sheet, Tarp
___ Backpack, Pack Cover
___ Day pack, Assault Bag
___ Ditty Bag
___ Pack plastic liner/bag
___ Sleeping bag
___ Sleeping pad
___ walking pole
___ stove, fuel
___ Matches, Lighter
___ Lantern, Candles
___ Cookpot, cups, plates
___ spoon, fork
___ Can opener, Corkscrew
___ Polybags, aluminum foil
___ water container
___ knife/swiss knife
___ Toothbrush, floss
___ Toothpaste
___ Washcloth, Towelettes
___ Toilet paper, tissue
___ Sanitary napkins
___ First Aid kit
___ Water purifier/filter
___ Lip protection
___ Insect repellant
___ Glasses
___ Sunscreen
___ Maps, Map case
___ Compass
___ Altimeter
___ Signal Mirror, Flares
___ Whistle
___ Pencil, Pen
___ Radio
___ Thermometer
___ Watch, Clock
___ Monocular, Binoculars
___ Bolo
___ Flashlight
___ Extra Batteries
___Rice, Cereals
___ Canned goods
___ Instan Noodles
___ Wheat/Rye bread
___ Salt, Pepper, Sugar
___ Cooking oil, Butter
___ Spices
___ Vitamins
    Trail foods
___ Cheese
___ Bread, Cookies, crakers
___ Chocolates
___ Raisins
___ Nuts
___ Fruits
___ Jellies
___ Nata de coco
___ Jam
___ Game cards
___ Personal music player
___ Books, Magazine
___ Guidebooks
___ Camera, Tripod
___ Spirits, Alcohol beverages
___ Cold Drink mixes, juices
___ Energy Drinks
___ Breakfast drinks (coffee, tea)
___ Repair kit, tool kit
___ Nylon line, wire, rope
___ Duct tape, epoxy
___ Employment ID, student ID
___ Medical Insurance ID
___ Climb ID
___ Betadine, Paficare, etc.
___ Iodine
___ Bandage, Band-Aids
___ Sterile Gauze
___ Tape
___ Anti-Infection ointment
___ Cotton, cotton buds
___ Fisherman’s friend
___ Eye  drops
___ Paracetamol
___ Lomotil, diatabs
___ Pain Reliever
___ Ethyl alcohol
___ Anti itch solution
___ Anti-histamine
___ Toothacke meds
___ Antibiotic
___ oil
___ Powder
___ Deodorant
___ Razor
___ Mirror
___ Lotion
___ Facial cleanser
___ Comb, brush
___ soap
___ shampoo
Now, you might worry how to pack that all into your bags. Well, you don’t have to bring it all. Just pick out the things you want and make your own checklist.
To make it easier for you to locate your things in your backpack, create a system that will enable you to immediately point where you placed a particular item in your pack. Say a check mark before an item means it is located in the hood of your pack, a backslash means it is located in the green ditty bag in the pack. Overtime, you will be able to formulate your own checklist.
I have already made my own personal checklist now and got my own system of packing. I hope this will also help you out on your packing. I have a downloadable link here in case you want to download the file. CLICK HERE to download.