I saw this post about the things you need to remember before you go on camping around the mountains in the Philippines. This time, I’ve come up with a short checklist of five (5) main items to bring when you’re out for the backpacking adventure.
- Footwear and outerwear. Wear footwear that can withstand long-distance walking. Opt for comfy hiking shoes. Get your jacket. You never know how cold it will be when you arrive at the peak. Although generally, you’re more likely to do it on a sunny day, make sure to go waterproof – from outerwear to bags.
- Food and water. For food, stick to those that do not need big prep time like cooking or those that do not use big amount of H2O especially if you plan to stay away for several days. If it’s a day hike, you can cook beforehand so you don’t need to prepare when you’re up there. Add chocolates to your checklist for energy booster. Gauge the amount of water you’ll bring. If there’s a safe drinking well along or on the destination itself, carry enough water that will last until you reach that place so you’ll have room to take other items.
- First aid. Knowledge is power so it helps if you’ll make a quick research about the area and the accompanying dangers it might offer. Aside from your usual medicinal kit, learn the techniques on how you can turn ordinary things into survival must-haves. Things such as safety pins, dental floss, and mirror. Include dehydration tablets or salt pills in the list to avoid getting dehydrated.
- Everything extra. Pack extra: phone, battery, flashlight. Your phone is likely to drain bat faster in the wild than in normal conditions. A couple of batteries for your mobile and flashlight are good enough. Two to four boxes of matches would be handy as well.
- Other items.
- Maps and compasses. As a precaution, have a map and compass with you in case you get lost.
- Binoculars. Enjoy fully the bird watching experience in the Philippines by bringing a pair of binoculars.
- And of course, camera. Capture those special moments and keep them forever