I was asked recently, what I carry when I go to the forest to geocache, photograph or hike.
I thought it would be easier to empty the bag than try to remember. Many of these items are carried in a separate bag that we toss in as necessary.
Some of these are carried only when we think we’ll want them. GPS on lanyard, Batteries, Compass, Map, Pen, Pencil, Duct tape, extra mini geocaches, cache repair materials ( a card to put in caches to tell people what they have found if it’s found by mistake, extra logbook, plastic bag to keep caches dry), notepad, tweezers to grab logs out of small containers, insect repellent wipes, UV light, string with a powerful magnet and paperclip (hook), telescopic magnet, ROTI code card, Muggle cards (tell non-geocachers about the activity), small bungee, mechanic grab tool, mechanic telescoping mirror, small mirror, trade item (purple finger skateboard), hiking poles
Camera and some to all of: extra lenses, drybag in case of rain, small reflector, remote, extra battery, extra memory, lens wipe, gorillapod, garbage bag to lie on.
Phone, water bottle, extra food, fruit, candy, small first aid kit, disposable raincoat, money, alcohol wipe, whistle, compass, multi tool, bear bells, tick remover/snake bite kit, matches, pills, ID in gold waterproof tube, duct tape, tissues or toilet paper
Sunscreen, Insect repellent, Bugshirt, raincoat, suitable hat, gloves, water purification tablets/filter, sunglasses, extra socks, bandana, long pants, footwear (hiking, rubber, rain, running), monopod (with bungee to go around tree)