Things You Should Never Leave Home Without

Man on a mountainWe all have those items that we never leave home without, but more often than not, “I never leave home without it!” is a bit of an exaggeration. Sure maybe you make a point to carry your multitool with you, or you try to grab your water bottle before heading out the door, but the truth is that you do sometimes you do leave home without it, and that’s OK.

Your trip to the gas station doesn’t call for a multitool, and water is pretty accessible at work, the park, or most places around town. If you literally never leave your house without a given item- even to check your mailbox – you’re bordering on obsessive.

There are, however, times when that exaggerated phrase does apply. Times when you’re not just leaving home, but leaving your home to head out in nature. Those times when you’re going rock climbing, camping, hiking, paddling, mountain biking, or whatever, and there are some things that you should never leave home without.

There are 10 basic items that you should always bring with you when you head outdoors.

10 essentials for survival

  • Navigation
  • Sun protection
  • Insulation
  • Illumination
  • First-aid
  • Fire
  • Repair kit and tools
  • Nutrition
  • Hydration
  • Emergency shelter

With these ten items, you will be prepared for pretty much any outdoor adventure.

Sometimes the things that we never leave home without aren’t really practical, must-have essentials. For some people, the luxuries are sometimes more important than the necessities. No it’s not rational, but that’s just how it is. Maybe you refuse to head outdoors without dark chocolate, or hot sauce, or a folding camp chair. Perhaps you won’t step foot on the trail without an extra pair of socks, or your lucky rabbit’s foot. You recognize that this is silly, but you simply don’t care.

What do you never leave home without?

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