What to bring on your first hike

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY.

You never know what you'll be needing on your journey so be sure to bring these too

Extras

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

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.