Get closer to nature with hiking and nature tripping.
Hiking is becoming a trend in the Philippines, and you surely don’t want to miss out on this fun activity. You can get closer to nature without spending extravagantly because there are a lot of hiking areas at nearby provinces, not to mention the rewarding side trips to stunning waterfalls and rivers on your way to the peak. For beginners, you only need to be physically prepared based for the peak you mount, and courageous enough to start your first hiking experience.
Prepare a set of proper clothing and essential gear such as jogging pants, dri-FIT shirts or rash guard, head gear like a cap or a scarf, and thick-soled hiking shoes. The golden rule in hiking is to pack light because you are going against gravity. Make sure to bring a durable but light backpack and prepare the following: a mini flashlight, tent and sleeping bag (for those who are going on an overnight trek), towel, insulated gloves, extra clothes and socks, rainproof gear, and a thick jacket.
Hiking can be physically exhausting, so don’t forget to bring food and water. Basic trail food such as candies, nuts, biscuits, and canned goods can be helpful through the tiring day. Bring enough water and remember to hydrate regularly.
While the mountains can reward you with stunning panoramic views and memories, always remember to respect nature and leave no trace.