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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.