Summer vacation isn’t just all about the sandy beaches. More often than not, people also opt to go hiking up mountains. They would attest it’s cooler once you reach the peak—it makes for a great photo too—or they do it for the adrenaline rush. “Soul-searching” can also be a plausible reason, at least according to Angelica Panganiban’s character in That Thing Called Tadhana.
Just like with any activity, you need to have the appropriate clothing for the long trek ahead. You won’t know what to expect once you’re there—mud, insects, lots of branches—so it’s best to be prepared.
Uniqlo AIRism Scoop Neck Short Sleeve T-Shirt
The best way to deal with the heat with a lightweight shirt like this one from Uniqlo. It has a quick-drying technology that will prove useful after hours of walking under the sun and enduring humid climates. Available at Glorietta 5.
Athleta Trekkie Jogger 2.0
As much as it’s tempting to go hiking in leggings or yoga pants, it’s not advisable as the seams could chafe easily. For something more secure, go for trek-appropriate pants that are semi-fitted and easy to move in. Available online.
Saucony Marl Xodus ISO
The last thing you want while hiking is to lose a sole because you stepped on muddy terrain. Opt for Saucony’s Xodus ISO rubber shoes as it’s designed for rugged treks. It also has ISOFIT, which allows it to adapt to the shape and motion of your feet. Available at Glorietta 3.
Dr. Martens Pascal W/ZIP Grizzly
If you want sturdier footwear, try Dr. Martens’ boots made from grizzly leather. It has chunky soles that can withstand long walks, and designed with zippers and laces to make it easy to wear and remove. Available at Bonifacio Global City.
MillennX Sports Socks
We always make it a point to wear sunglasses for extra UV protection. (Next to sunscreen, of course.) If you don’t mind trekking while wearing a pair, go for these ones from H&M. Available at SM Makati.
Ivy Park Logo Baseball Cap
A cap serves a double purpose as it keeps your head cool from sunlight and keeps your loose hairs in place. Ivy Park’s baseball cap will do just that. It also doesn’t hurt to rep Queen Bey’s brand during your trip. Available at Zalora PH.
Merrell Discover Foldable Backpack
For an all-day trek, you’ll need to bring necessities like water, toiletries, and first-aid kit in one big backpack. Throw them in this spacious backpack from Merrell. It’s made from lightweight material but designed to carry everything you need. Plus, your things will stay dry just in case it starts raining. Available at TriNoma Mall.
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