It's a good habit to have the "Ten Essentials" with you whenever you go into the backcountry, even on day walks. True, on a typical trip, you may only use a handful of them or none at all. When something goes wrong, you'll realise the importance of having these items on hand, which could be critical to your survival.
The original Ten Essentials list was established in the 1930s by The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based group for climbers and outdoor adventurers, to help individuals be prepared for emergency circumstances in the outdoors. A map, compass, sunglasses and sunscreen, additional clothing, a headlamp/flashlight, first-aid supplies, a fire starter, matches, a knife, and extra food were all on the list back then. Here is our picks that will help your survival in the outdoors much easier:
Navigation & Lighting
Tools & Cooking
Shelter & Clothing
Food & Drink