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  1. Once upon a time there was Matson Cruise Lines. http://cruiselinehistory.com/?p=263
  2. The company that we've been using automatically insures each box for $200. It's on par with the value of what we put in the box. Out here in California most load up the boxes with food goods and little things from Costco or the like - maybe throw in some old clothing for padding. If you're sending anything much more valuable than this you are using the wrong shipping service.
  3. Keep your pack under 40 lbs if possible. I had 60 lb backpack on one trip and I had to send stuff back home. Cheap/ local transportation can be a challenge as everything you carry is basically stowed on your lap. Short stays means you'll be doing your own laundry so bring a clothes line. Flashlight/torch comes in handy especially in the provinces. Carry a damp washcloth. Cooking seems impractical as there is cheap street food everywhere- part of the adventure imo. As far as fishing for your own food, I would feel out of place especially where there are sustenance fishermen. Coconuts are usually someone's property- not automatically free for the taking... Cash is king in the provinces so that will be a challenge if you're on the move- meaning where are you going to change your money or are you just going to walk around with a wad of cash the whole trip? Local simcard/ phone is a must. Mosquito net if you have one although every where it is needed it will probably be supplied. Sleeping sheet - the kind that zips up like a sleeping bag and a pillow are quite useful. Bring a pair of jeans/ polo shirt for your trips to town. Don't discredit Manila. I used to avoid it too on my first few trips. The reason why a lot of people dislike it is because they do not know anyone there. If you ever develop a social network of friends (working /wealthier filipinos) your time spent there will suddenly become more meaningful and worthwhile...