There are different reasons why you want to step your foot outdoors: it can be peer pressure, or you want to impress your partner, or maybe you just want to try something new (and fun!). But for whatever may your reason be, you have to know the basics of hiking/trekking/bushwalking and camping. For me, here are the top things to consider on your firsts attempts to enjoy the outside world:
1. Know what you’re going to do.
Where are you going? Is it warm there? What’s the lowest temperature at night?
How long is the activity? Are you going to walk 20kms in a day? Or are you going to do it in 2 days and camp for 1 night?
You can not plan anything if you do not have any idea on what are you going to do. If it’s less than an hour walk to a look-out, then you can trust anyone about the activity. But as it gets complex and difficult, make sure that the activity leader is experienced on whatever that you are going to do. Why? Because he or she will tell you about what to expect and how to prepare for the trip.
Here in Australia, there are websites that gives good description about the routes that you can trek, and the trails are properly marked. So you may opt to try some trails on your own. If you’re in the Philippines, I suggest not to try trekking if you do not have someone with you who has done it before. Basta!