There has always been an unspoken bond between man and nature, where men and women worth their salt venture into the wilderness not only to test themselves, but also as a way to slake their thirst for adventure in an increasingly smaller world. In the 21st century where technology is king, and electronics provide all the comfort anybody would ever need, there are still those who would prefer to risk their lives for the sake of spending just a small amount of time with nature, just as their ancestors did before them. Does this appeal to you? Then maybe you’re an outdoorsman yourself. Before you start heading out into the wilderness, however, it pays to be prepared. Nature itself yields to no one, so carrying the right kinds of tools could mean life and death in a place so far from human civilisation. Here is a short checklist of essential items you’ll need while exploring the great outdoors.