My “Go Bag” carried in the back of the car at all times, including the “post-hike-clean-up-enough-to-grab-some-food” bag. When flying, the collapsible trekking pole is used, but otherwise, the pole of choice is pictured with the cork topper is my favorite to use.
Nothing special here but here’s the contents of the day pack:
A. Mountain Smith Tour lumbar pack. It’s been accessorized with shoulder straps. The yellow interior makes it easy to find things inside without having to search through a normally dark interior.
B. Aluminum Emergency Whistle.
C. I’ve added a waist strap pocket to carry lip balm, extra sunscreen and a few Jolly Rancher candies to suck on while hiking.
D. Trail Snacks which include fun size Payday candy bars. Quick sugar, a little protein and they don’t melt. Probably not the best option, but they’re inexpensive compared to some pricey energy bars which generally aren’t that different overall.
E. Compass, notepad, pen (and generally a pencil stub) and a trail guide, folded and glued into the notepad.
F. First Aid Kit, supplemented with blister pads, NSAID pain relievers, tick removal tool, tweezers and emergency sutures. Headlamp (and sometimes a separate small handheld LED flashlight. Matches that have been waterproofed and an extra mini-carabiner for reasons I’ve not determined yet.
G. Duct tape, emergency blanket, moist towelettes and an ACE bandage secured with safety pins.
H. Collapsible trekking pole (packed when there’s air travel involved).
Not shown is a folding knife (it was in my pocket) and signal mirror (it was in a separate pocket that I forgot to look in at the time), extra batteries (carried if it is going to be a long hike), some cash and a photo copy of my driver’s license and emergency contact information.
In addition, I carry a small duffle with my hiking shoes, socks, shorts, tech shirt and a windbreaker.
The Go Bag is carried in the car in the event that I can grab an evening hike at the end of the work day, wherever I might be. Now that longer evenings have arrived, I know I will be digging this out more often.