Prepare For The Perfect Tropical Vacation With These 12 Essentials

For stress-free adventures

Craving a sunny vacation away from the daily grind where you’re surrounded by palm trees, calm waters, and a gentle breeze? Read on to find out which traveller personality matches you the most. Then, discover our list of recommended destinations and summer trip essentials from SM Supermalls, so that you have what you need for your next summer adventure. 

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What are your must-haves when going on a tropical vacation?

The following picks are available through the best deals and Swipe Coupons on the SM Malls Online app, so be sure to get your hands on them! 

1. The thrill-seeker

Summer trip essentials for Siargao, Philippines

Sugba, Lagoon in Siargao, Philippines.

If you have an unquenchable thirst for adventure, then Siargao is the place to be. It’s the “Surfing Capital of the Philippines” where you can explore white-sand beaches, crystal blue-green waters, and natural rock and cave pools. 

Summer trip essentials for Siargao, Philippines

Left - Bench Women's Two Piece Swimsuit. (Photo from: Middle - Decathlon Subea Flexible Snorkel. (Photo from: Right - Sony ZV-1M2. (Photo from:

Pick up the flattering Bench Women's Two Piece Swimsuit for your water activities and beach photoshoots.

This swimwear essential is priced at PHP699 until 31 May 2024.

Siargao’s marine life and coral reefs are other things that you don’t want to miss when you’re on the island. If you’re an experienced freediver, you can bring your own comfortable Subea Flexible Snorkel from Decathlon.

Get it for 29% off until 31 May 2024. 

Whether or not you’re a photography enthusiast, capture your memories with the compact Sony ZV-1M2.

Enjoy a free 64GB SD card upon purchase of this vlog camera at the Sony store.

2. The culture and history buff

Summer trip essentials for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

If you don’t mind walking all day as long as you’re immersed in culture and history, the streets and ancient sites of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia await. Check out the Batu Caves, a place of pilgrimage for Hindus with a history dating back over 400 million years. Challenge yourself to go up its colourful steps, and be in awe of the wildlife, the limestone formations, and the various galleries.

Summer trip essentials for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Right - MINISO Classic Jazz Straw Hat. (Photo from: Middle - FOREVER 21 Oversized Abstract Floral Print Shirt. (Photo from: Left - Surplus Hydrofresh Tumbler. (Photo from: @surplus_ph)

Keep your head cool and protected from the harsh rays of the sun with the MINISO Classic Jazz Straw Hat which will go well with your #OOTD.

Pick this up at a special price of PHP349, available until 31 May 2024. 

Speaking of #OOTDs, pack breathable and stylish clothes, such as the Oversized Abstract Floral Print Shirt from FOREVER 21.

Grab it at 31% off — this promo is only available until 31 May 2024. 

Navigating through urban spots and historic sites is no easy feat in this heat, so remember to keep yourself hydrated. Bring along a colourful 650ML Hydrofresh Tumbler from Surplus.

Get it for PHP399 — this promotion ends on 31 May 2024.

3. The fun foodie

Summer trip essentials for Bangkok, Thailand

Delight your tastebuds at a street food buffet in Bangkok, Thailand.

If spicy cuisine is your foodie love language, head over to Bangkok, Thailand for a paradise of tantalising flavours. Explore affordable street food and delicious dishes made with fresh ingredients and aromatic spices. Dig into the country's well-loved signature dishes, including Pad Thai, Mango Sticky Rice, Tom Yum noodles, Crab Curry, Spicy Papaya Salad, and more!

Summer trip essentials for Bangkok, Thailand

Left - Baby First Baby Wipes from Watsons. (Photo from: Middle - Parisian Winda Crossbody.  (Photo from: Right - TOMS sandals.  (Photo from:

To help you keep your hands clean and ready for feasting, bring a pack of Baby First Baby Wipes from Watsons.

Enjoy a Buy 1 Take 1 deal on this product from now until 31 May 2024.

Pack light when going on food trip-focused travels so that you won’t get weighed down by your bulky luggage. Go for a cute and travel-friendly bag like the Parisian Winda Crossbody.

Get this for only PHP299, available till 31 May 2024.

Savour the flavours and don’t let the distance wear you down when you have the right pair of shoes. Wander with a comfy pair of TOMS sandals.

Enjoy 70% off on selected items from TOMS from now until 30 April 2024.

4. The “me-time” lover

Summer trip essentials for Bali, Indonesia

Let your heart soar on one of the incredible swings hanging from tall coconut trees in Bali, Indonesia. 

Ready to block out the noise and just tune into the sights and sounds of nature? Go on a healing trip to Bali, Indonesia. Find tranquil experiences as you tour through breathtaking views, relax with a good read, and come out with a fresh vigour to take on what lies ahead.

Summer trip essentials for Bali, Indonesia

Left - Bangs Prime Salon. (Photo from: SM Deals) Middle - Belo Sun Expert Perfecting Shield Tinted Sunscreen. (Photo from: @belosunexpert) Right - EO Sunglasses. (Photo from: SM Deals)

Before travelling to your dreamy destination, prepare for Instagram-worthy posts by heading over to Bangs Prime Salon for a lovely makeover. 

Avail any hair service from Bangs Prime Salon and enjoy a Free Kera-Protein Treatment service when you redeem the deal before 31 May 2024. This exclusive Swipe Coupon promo is available via the SM Malls Online app.

Don’t forget to bring along the Belo Sun Expert Perfecting Shield Tinted Sunscreen too, so that you can let your skin drink up the vitamin D without any worries.

Enjoy a Buy 1 Take 1 deal on this suncare essential until 30 April 2024.

Keep your eyes safe while enjoying Bali’s stunning sunshine with chic sunglasses from EO.

Get it for up to 50% off until 31 May 2024 with an exclusive Swipe Coupon promo that is available via the SM Malls Online app, so grab it while it’s still available. 

Discover more fun SM deals and cool promos for your tropical adventures and download the SM Malls Online app to swipe coupons for more savings. 

This story was made in partnership with SM Deals.

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