9 Items I Won't Adventure Without

For every one of my planned adventures, there are about 10 spontaneous trips sprinkled in between (with little-to-no time for preparation). And with someone as last minute as I often am, a routine packing list makes throwing things in a weekender bag that much easier. Here are the nine items I never leave home without.

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Those who know me can attest to the fact that I never head out on an adventure without my Canon 5D Mark IV and 24-70 mm Sigma lens. And once I've gone that far, why not round out the pack with two extra batteries and an extra SD card?

2. Fifty/Fifty Water Bottle

Get this: These vacuum sealed water bottles are not only cheaper than their rivals, but they also keep liquids hot six hours longer than their competition (for a total of 12 hot hours and 24 cold hours). My mint-colored 34oz Fifty/Fifty water bottle never leaves my side.

3. Adventure Medical Day Tripper Kit

The wild is, well, wild, and it's never a bad idea to be prepared for the unexpected. I throw this little guy in my day pack (or even just in the back of my car on road trips) to keep my "what if" thoughts at bay.

4. Timberland Ellendale Hiking Boots

I finally upgraded my footwear to these beauties and WOW. I don't think I've had a more comfortable pair of hiking boots. They fit perfectly, there was no break-in period, and they're cute, so that's a win. If they're not on my feet, they're in my trunk.

5. Lip Shit Chapstick

It's simple, it works, and it comes in so many delicious flavors. Currently using: Blackberry Honey. Next on the list: Grapefruit Rosehip.

6. Hand Warmers

Frozen fingers are no fun. Throwing a pair of these in my jacket pocket thaws my frozen fingertips during a snowy hike or a coastal excursion.

7. My Favorite Beanie

Rain or shine, winter or summer, when you're in the PNW, beanies are always a good idea. This Carhart beanie is a staple in my wardrobe.

8. Snacks!

I don't go a day without a small chocolate fix, and Joe Chocolates make for a great on-the-go snack. One bag of chocolate is equivalent to two cups of coffee. It's two of my favorite things combined (and delicious energy to conquer all your adventurous dreams).

9. The Bag: Wandrd Prvk + Photography Bundle

I kid you not, this is my everything backpack. The photography bundle converts this adventure pack into a compartmentalized home for my camera, lenses, and accessories. It's water-resistant and comes with a waterproof jacket; the body is accessible from three different points (including side access – yay for photographers!); it has a protected passport pocket where the pack meets your back; there are two laptop sleeves; should I stop? Needless to say, I never leave home (or work) without this thing.

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