With the colder (and drier) season kicking in, hiking has been one of the sure-fire ways to get away from the busy streets of the metro. It may not be the easiest barkada trip to plan but it sure is worth it. Part of the adventure planning, of course, is packing the essentials for a hike.

 Clueless what to bring? Don’t fret, mates. This is why we put together a newbie’s guide to having all the essentials ready for your very first climb. Now time to check out the list we put together, ‘cause—trust us—you’ll be thanking us later. Happy packing!

1. The right pair of rubber shoes

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A newbie doesn’t need to splurge on the best climbing shoes right away. This may be a good reason to add another pair to your collection, but packing any pair of rubber shoes that won’t skid should be enough to make you survive a beginner’s trail.

Most rubber shoes should be good to go, but best to bring a pair that will ~really~ protect your feet from mud, rocks and everything else. So save those kicks you’ve been wanting to break in (and show off to everyone) for a stroll at the mall and pack a comfy pair for this adventure instead.

2. Trekking pole

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Makeshift trekking poles or mountaineering sticks are usually sold at the meet-up point before the ascent. Whether you’re planning to shell out PHP 100 for a stick from one of the kuya or ate vendors or borrow a trekking pole from a friend, be sure to make this part of your list. It’ll guide you through trails, the roughest terrains and even embarrassing slips your friends will keep looking back on for years!

3. Water bottle

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Climbing to the top and heading back down normally takes hours with only a few quick stops at a time. Trust us on this, you will regret not being hydrated enough for this sweat sesh.

4. Light snacks

Climbers would strongly advise you not to eat a heavy meal right before a hike. Because of this, you’re bound to get bouts of hunger pangs some time during the hike.

Be sure to pack an energy bar, a banana or a sandwich for a quick fix for those trying times.

5. Windbreaker

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Climbers naturally hope for the best weather on a hike but also prepare in case it gets extra chilly up the mountain or in case the rain starts to pour. For our unpredictable weather, a windbreaker or a raincoat is also a must-have in your packing list.

6. Travel-sized toiletries

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Need we say more? Be smart and pack your own toiletries with you in travel-sized containers so you won’t have to spend for these on the actual trip.

Bro tip: Houses (of the locals) found at the foot of the mountain normally offer a part of their home as a private changing room or bathroom for hikers, for a few bucks.

7. Nice to have: a GoPro

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Still got extra room in your hike pack? Add a GoPro to document your climb. Be sure to share your best photos and videos with us and tag us on Instagram (@thecavemantravels), while you’re at it!

8. A mixed dose of courage and determination

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As soon as you’ve packed all the essentials in your bag, be sure to bring with you a mixed dose of courage and determination. Your first climb may seem daunting at first, but it will surely be one for the books!

These are only some of the things we think you should have with you on your first hike!

Think we need to add anything else? Let us know in the comments below!

Header photo courtesy of The Outbound Roamer

Cover photo courtesy of M.A.C Adventures

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