What to bring on your first hike

Therese Reyes
Looking forward to your first trail experience? Don’t forget these essentials

MANILA, Philippines – Looking for a new experience this summer? Why don’t you try hiking through your first mountain?

You’ve probably had a mild case of FOMO* over beautiful photos of your friends’ arms held high, facing a sky full of clouds. Hiking has surged in popularity recently and it’s an activity worth adding to your summer agenda because it’s as fulfilling as it is fun. 

Hiking can be physically challenging for beginners, but depending on which peak you scale, you’ll be rewarded by the cool breeze and beautiful panoramic views that only the Philippines’ highest summits can offer. Trails in the Philippines come with beautiful side trips such as hidden rivers and waterfalls as well.

If you’re looking forward to your first climbing experience,** here’s a guide to help you go through it without a hitch. 

COMFORT FIRST. Aside from using hiking-appropriate clothes, make sure you can easily move around in what you'll be wearing

What to wear

Proper gear will help you stay comfortable and flexible, help you avoid injury, and protect you from the hot sun, cool air, or surprise rain showers.

  • Waterproof trekking or jogging pants
  • Dri-fit shirt or rash guard
  • Hiking shoes or thick-soled sandals (Break them in beforehand to avoid sore feet)
  • Head gear like a cap or scarf

What to bring

Pack as light as possible. Make sure that you have enough food and water for the duration of your hike. Don’t forget supplies for emergencies. 

TOOLS OF THE TRADE. Never go hiking without these essentials. Find the Rappler Zip Hoodie (P850) and Be The Good Pillow-mat (P560) on Rappler Shop

Gear

  • A light, sturdy backpack
  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag or mat
  • Earth pad
  • Flashlight
  • Whistle
  • 2 sets of extra clothes (including underwear)
  • Towel
  • Insulated gloves
  • Extra socks
  • Fleece jacket
  • Rainproof gear
  • Bonnet, headscarf, or malong

BRING-YOUR-OWN. When camping, pack your own water bottle, trail food, canned goods, and mess kit. Find the Be The Good Glass Tumbler (P360) on Rappler Shop

Food

  • 1-3 liters of water
  • Trail food (nuts, candies, and biscuits)
  • A mess kit (includes a tumbler, food containers, and utensils)
  • Canned or easy-to-heat food

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY. You never know what you'll be needing on your journey so be sure to bring these too

Extras

  • Outdoor camera
  • Power bank
  • Travel-size toiletries (toilet paper, wet wipes, tooth paste, and a tooth brush) 
  • First aid kit
  • Medication
  • Plastic/Zip-lock bags (for protecting valuables and stowing trash and dirty clothes) 

Aside from enjoying the experience and taking pictures, don’t forget to be mindful about your surroundings. Follow these prescribed rules:

  • Camp only on allocated camping grounds
  • Respect plants and animals
  • Leave no trash behind. – Rappler.com

Rappler Shop is full of essentials like the hoodies, tumblers, and pillow-mat that all carry a positive message. Promote your advocacy whatever activity you’re doing by exploring what shop.rappler.com has to offer. 

*Fear Of Missing Out

**The following list was created for an overnight hike for higher peaks, where temperatures usually drop at the summit.