I think we all have some utensil that we can't live without. When I worked fast food, I was highly dependent on the kitchen scraper we had, to quickly clean all the stainless steel kitchen equipment with. If that was lost, progress slowed down quite a bit. (That's why I am a software engineer now. )
My tongs... two pairs with silicone tips and one plain steel one; my wooden spoons; and my stack of cheap bar/kitchen towels I almost always have one on my shoulder with I cook). It's an oven mitt, hotpad, all purpose can't cook without it towel,
assorted wooden spoons, four or five heat resistant spatulas. three different sizes glass measuring cups. i use a lot of not sticks pots and pans so don't have many things that can't be used with them.
"life isn't about how to survive the storm but how to dance in the rain"