Which piece of gear is always in your kit? The one thing you don’t hit the trail without, whether it be extremely useful and versatile or something sentimental that’s brings a sense of comfort to you.
For me, it’s my ridge rest foam pad and my Sigg cook pot. I can’t picture ever hiking anywhere without a foam pad. I’ve used it for: a wind screen, a blanket, an umbrella, celebratory flag, bear deterent, makeshift sled (not recommended), flotation device (also not recommended), and it magically turns a cheap air pad into an expensive one. The usefulness of this thing is only limited by your imagination. I’ve heard they wear out but in four years of use, I haven’t noticed.
My cook pot is more of a sentimental/comfort piece. It was the first and only pot I’ve ever used. Every piece of gear I started with was a hand me down of some sort ( a jansport d4, a trailwise chevron 0 which I still use, egg crate foam pad a tarp, Sierra cup, Enders baby stove which I still use mainly as a conversation piece). My cook pot was given to me by my dad who carried it cross country and up through Canada, it’s been through a lot to say the least, but it’s still goin strong. It’s aged very well as far as comparisons to today’s pots; it’s light and durable, has a wide stance that boils very quickly, and a cool locking handle. Most of all though, it me reminds me of my parents and home, if I ever found myself in a “Cast Away” situation that pot would be my Wilson.
Whats your never leave home without it piece of gear?