No doubt you've heard of "The Ten Essentials", the quintessential list of what you need to stay and comfortable no matter what the backcountry throws at you. Originally published in Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, it's since been adapted just about anywhere that people might consider stepping off the beaten path.
About.com is no exception. Because we have several experts that each write about their particular outdoor topics, we've got several different takes on the ten essentials in relation to each of those topics. When you get right down to it, though, they all serve the same purpose -- just from slightly different perspectives.
Want to compare? Here's a list. You might note that they look a lot like the inventory of my hiking emergency kit -- that's by design! Any of these takes on the ten essentials would be a great place to start building your own emergency kit.