Daiso Philippines: Travel Haul Review

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If you’ve read my last product review for TCAT & Lazada, you would have known I’ve been to Palawan for my Go See Philippines trip. Prior to this journey, I stocked up on some things I needed for travel. Well… most of them. I forgot the other ones on the list I was supposed to get.

That’s why I’m so thankful there’s Daiso Philippines!

The Heaven That Is Daiso

This isn’t my first encounter with Daiso. I’ve been a huge fan of their establishment for many years now. I first came across Daiso around 2011 I believe; they were early pioneers of 88 PHP-priced useful items here in Philippines. Think, the dollar store but from Japan.

From where it originated, Daiso Japan is known for its quality items at dirt cheap price. Most products were homeware goods, stationery, home decors, kitchen tools, but they’ve also expanded into fashion and lifestyle items.

My motto for Daiso is, “there’s nothing you can’t get in Daiso Japan.”

It’s a consumerist’s heaven! They literally have ALMOST EVERYTHING. I once needed to buy a scale for weighing my outgoing packages for Tavolozza and they had it! They even stocked fluffy baby shoes, which I admittedly bought for my daughter.

The Travel Haul

Daiso Philippines: Travel Haul Review | Earth Love Skin

Matte sunglasses, travel lock & Hello Kitty contacts lens case

So on to my travel haul. All of these items are 88 PHP ($1.96) each. I bought the items from the Daiso Japan branch in District Dasmariñas. Here’s a breakdown of what I bought.

Item Price Description
Pine Green Travel Organizer PHP 88 ($1.96) A travel organizer that can store your cash and receipts with 2 pockets for your cards.
Vacuum Compressed Bags PHP 176 ($3.91) each 2 pcs, PHP 88 ($1.96) per piece; for storing & organizing compressed clothes. Comes in a ziploc feature with zipper.
Tan Faux Leather Clutch PHP 88 ($1.96) Liked the color; great as emergency and to-go bag
Red Waterproof Shoe Bag PHP 88 ($1.96) For storing footwear and keeping them away from your travel clothes; can also double as dust protector when not traveling
Rose Aroma Sachet PHP 88 ($1.96) 3 pcs in 1 pack; for keeping clothes smelling fresh
Medium Ziploc Bags PHP 88 ($1.96) 30 pcs in 1 pack; I used this for my toiletries, keeping them separated from the dry clothes and for my gadgets to be waterproof during vacation at the beach.
UV 400 Tan Matte Sunglasses PHP 88 ($1.96) Great eyewear for casual walks
Hello Kitty Contacts Lens Case PHP 88 ($1.96) I bought another contact lens case for travel, in case of emergency and leaving my first one behind somewhere.
Green 3-digit Travel Lock PHP 88 ($1.96) For locking my luggage during airport check-in.

Total: PHP 880 ($19.55)

 

Here’s my rating for my Daiso Philippines travel haul review:

Convenience
100%
Customer Service
100%
Price
95%
Product Quality
100%
Packaging
100%
Returns & Refunds
100%

 

Convenience

Daiso Japan has several branches nationwide, mostly in Robinsons malls. It’s impossible not to find one because they’re like mushrooms, cheerily scattered & waiting to be found. The District Dasmariñas branch is a 10-minute drive from my house, so I’m very happy that I don’t need to go far to visit my happy place.

This store has wide aisles and the layout is easy to navigate. The only drawback is the mountain of products you might drown your eyes in. It’s a one-stop shop for all.

Customer Service

Daiso Japan staff in this branch are highly commendable. They’re courteous and extremely helpful (they’ll even go out of their way during inventory to direct you to their items).

On Facebook, I inquired a day prior if they have these vacuum bags I eyed on (already bought from TCAT but buying again in Daiso to compare) and they were very kind enough to get back to me the next day that Dasmariñas stocks these.

Most cashiers remind me to use my Robinsons Rewards card to credit my purchases into points. And they greet my little girl Avis with a smile every time we pay a visit, so brownie points for that. Wanna know how friendly any staff is? Observe how they treat children and elderly.

Price

I gave this section a 95% because from this haul I think the vacuum bags are priced more. I’d peg them to be around 48-50 PHP ($1.06-$1.11) for their kind; they weren’t the ones with vacuum holes, just large ziploc bags with zippers for compression. Other than that, everything seems very affordable. Just be attentive when hoarding your Daiso items in the store (there’s a tendency to get lost in the spirit, I’m telling you!), some of them you can find cheaper in other stores.

Tan Faux Leather Clutch
Tan Faux Leather Clutch

Product Quality

What I liked most was that Daiso Japan Philippines does not skimp on the quality of materials. At 88 PHP ($1.96), you get regular items you find common in malls for about a quarter to half of their retail price.

Packaging

Majority of my haul’s packaging were clear plastic, but the aroma sachet trumped all of them. Look how pretty it is! You can already tell how well it functions by the packaging. And yes, I tend to judge my products by the cover. They came in 3 pieces in this one acrylic box.

Daiso rose aroma sachet
Rose Aroma Sachet, packs of 3’s

My Favorites

I love everything in this haul but if I were to choose one I think it would be the ziploc bags. 30 pieces of this!

Daiso ziploc bag
Ziploc bag

They proved to be very versatile during my trip – I could store 6 packs of Swiss Miss in there, a phone in another one and some on hand cash in another, which I placed inside the pine green travel organizer.

Second pick would be the aroma sachet. I placed them in my luggage before leaving Manila and when I arrived at my hotel in Puerto Princesa, my clothes smelled lovely like roses. Pure wonder. I highly recommend you buy one yourself!

Returns & Refunds

I have not tried returning nor refunding any item from Daiso Japan Philippines, but I assume it complies with Department of Trade & Industry’s (DTI) Consumer Acts. Read on DTI’s official guideline pertaining to “no return, no exchange” policy (which is now forbidden).

Would I buy from Daiso Japan again?

Definitely! It’s a staple to my creative lifestyle!


I’m not very keen on shopping but Daiso is somehow therapeutic to me.

There’s a whiff of productivity lingering in that store, you know? Like if you go to Daiso Japan, you’ll certainly find something to help you become the best you.

And I like that. It helps me figure out what I like and how I can be good at it, whether it’s using their organizers or scribbling on their kraft notebooks. Daiso Japan Philippines will always be my favorite outlet store.

How about you? How’s your experience with Daiso Japan?

Whether it’s here in Philippines or international, let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear how Daiso makes your day. Share your haul below or link your blog post! 🙂

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24 thoughts on “Daiso Philippines: Travel Haul Review

  1. Michelle Solee (@michisolee) Reply

    I Love Daiso too because products are affordable. I always visit the Festival or ATC branch.

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    1. Iris Buenconsejo Reply

      Michelle! You live so near me! I was just in ATC/Festival yesterday. Where are you from? Let’s get coffee sometime and talk about blogging! Thanks for dropping by!

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  2. mhaan.a-ds Reply

    Its been years that I last visited Daiso. i agree that you can buy a lot of useful stuffs at affordable price. Hope I can drop by one of their branch soon.

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  3. Melisa Sanchez Reply

    super cutie.and i love the designs 🙂

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  4. Jhanis Reply

    We have Daiso here in Cebu and love it because their products are not so expensive and they have a lot of interesting stuff!

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    1. Iris Buenconsejo Reply

      Hi Jhanis! I visited their Ayala Terraces branch, one of my most favorites! I got my flexible pink cellphone holder plus work thingamajigs from there. I love the selections from that branch. Is it the branch you’re talking about? Or is there another Daiso in Cebu?

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      1. Jhanis Reply

        Yep! That’s the branch that I go to! I’m not sure if they have other branches here in Cebu. So hard to leave Daiso without buying something! LOL

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        1. Iris Buenconsejo Reply

          I feel you! They make you buy things you don’t even need! And not to mention hoard toilet papers too! Hahaha! I visited Cebu last April. Next time when I’m there, let’s meet up! 🙂 I’d love to hang out with a fellow mommy blogger!

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          1. Jhanis

            Oh please let me know! Let’s have coffee or something! I’d love to meet you! 🙂

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          2. Iris Buenconsejo

            I will! I plan to come back next year or even in Sinulog (hectic nga lang but hey! I have another Cebuana friend to add!) <3 I so love your blog by the way!

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  5. Maan Laxa Reply

    I love shopping at Saizen (what Daiso is called in our local Robinsons). I hope those wooden sunglasses are available here; they look so fab and don’t look cheap at all!

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    1. Iris Buenconsejo Reply

      Hi Maan! Thanks for reading my blog! I hope so too, I just found them in a variety rack. And they’re of very good quality! I hope you find one. If you do, please share them on this thread or on my Facebook page! Keep in touch!

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  6. Neri Ann Reply

    I love Daiso! Im planning to look for cute items here for gifts.

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  7. Rowena Wendy Lei 林露薇 (@animetric) Reply

    I love Daiso! I always look for it when I’m in Japan, I’m glad we have it here in the Philippines too 🙂

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    1. Iris Buenconsejo Reply

      Hi Rowena! Lucky you’ve been able to visit Japan! Where was the branch you’ve visited! If you’ve done a blog about it, I won’t mind if you link it here. 🙂 Thank you so much for dropping by!

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  8. Pearliza Paguio Reply

    I love the cool things you can find at daiso.

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  9. MrsMartinez Reply

    I spend a lot of time going through every aisle whenever I am in Daiso. Super like all the cute stuff. I always end up buying at least one or two items.

    Xoxo
    MrsMartinez

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  10. jaimie felix Reply

    I always love visiting and shopping in Daiso. Never there was a time that I was not able to buy anything when I went there. Affordable naman kasi lahat and all quality.
    Jaimie of MERMAID IN STILETTOS
    P.S I was always curious about that lightroom presets. Mara lang ba?

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    1. Iris Buenconsejo Reply

      I agree. Hard to walk away isn’t it? About Lightroom presets, depends on where you get them but most of the quality ones are paid presets like VSCO. You can sign up on my newsletter on the sidebar and as my thank you, you’ll receive updates when I release these Lightroom goodies. These are exclusive only to subscribers.

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  11. Carey Reply

    The faux leather clutch bag caught my eye. 😉 My dad is a big fan of Daiso. I always end up buying something when I walk out of their store…so many cute irresistible stuff inside! And yes, most of their items on display are budget-friendly, but some also cost more compared to similar products from other stores, so we still need to be a wise shopper while going over their shelves. Your post just reminded me to visit them again… hehehe…

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    1. Iris Buenconsejo Reply

      Hi Carey!

      Glad you liked the faux leather clutch! It’s very stylish in actual. And yes you’re right, since they only follow a one-themed price range (either 88 or 188 pesos), there could be items that are generally cheaper outside of Daiso. Thanks for dropping by! Tag me on your Daiso haul on Instagram (@earthloveskin) if you get your own! Hope you find the same leather bag as mine! 🙂

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  12. Richel V. Reply

    My mom loved visiting the Daiso branches by Alabang. I don’t because I end up with unintentional purchase, lol. But your travel haul looks so good! I might just drop by one of these days. Happy holidays!

    Love, Richel. | Richel Goes Places

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    1. Iris Buenconsejo Reply

      Hi Richel! Happy holidays & happy new year! <3

      I've found that putting together a travel kit was easier with Daiso than, say, other retailers like SM or other Japan home store in Philippines.

      Alabang is one of the closest branches to me and I attest they have good selections over there. Does your mom go to the Alabang Town Center branch or Festival Supermall Alabang branch? I would love to see your haul! Link it to me if you do make a blog post on it!

      Thank you for making time to drop by!

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