We asked four of our favorite guys what gear they never leave behind. Here’s what they had to say. Clockwise from top left:
Professional Freeride Snowboarder
I never travel without Merken spice. It’s a Chilean hot chili–based spice, not to be confused with a pubic wig of a similar name. There’s no telling where you’ll be forced to eat on the road — you might need to add a smoky, chipotle-like crescendo to your bland meal at uninspired establishments.
Fox Sports play-by-play announcer
I’m never without my Swiss Army backpack. I have every compartment perfectly packed. It’s got a cheat sheet for that week’s game, a multicolored pen that I use to prioritize what I’ll say on the air, my iPad, and makeup, which I often need to apply in stadium public bathrooms. Hey, you gotta be tough.
Host of Travel Channel’s No Reservations
I wouldn’t want to be without some good old beat-up cowboy boots. I have a pair of ordinary-looking but nicely broken-in Billy Martins. They have no frills, no decorations, and they’re faded and much stained. But they’re lethally pointy and comfortable, like old friends.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion
I couldn’t live without my 1956 Chevy step-side pickup truck. It’s restored but not to show standards, so I can use it and not worry about scratching the bed. If I need to haul a boat or pick up parts and take them to the shop, no problem. I like that it’s simple. When life gets complicated, it’s nice to have something simple.