In our cautionary tale, Jo “A” and Jo “B” had the same start to their adventures, yet one outcome was clearly going to be a happier (and more comfortable) than the other. Taking the essentials was a key reason for this difference.
What survival items do you think should be carried in your pack for any outdoor adventure, whether the duration is a few hours or several days? These are not the specialized (and often essential) pieces of equipment that you would bring for your given activity (skis, a kayak, avalanche tranceiver, etc.), nor are they the items you would pack specifically for a camping trip (tent, sleeping bag, etc.), but are the basic survival items you should have in ANY outdoors situation.