Where in the world do you guys go? We did have a thread a while back that hit the outdoor stuff. All of my outdoor gear bag stuff is on there. Survival in the wilderness: http://nikonrumors.com/forum/topic.php?id=571
Yeah, Tao . . . I listed all my "survival essentials" in that thread as well (I really like "list" threads).
Here's my problem: I can't seem to settle on a bag "strategy." Initially, I packed a traditional shoulder-strap camera bag (Photoflex). Then, a waistpack (again, Photoflex). Later I went the Lowepro backpack route. I quickly tired of that hassle, and moved to a complete belt-based, ThinkTank lens-pouch set-up. It's very fast-working, and great for when I'm out, dedicated to shooting only.
But, when I just want to "bring a camera somewhere" the belt is just too cumbersome to wear. So, just before Xmas, I got a small, cheap $14.95 shoulder-strap bag with a large Velcro flap, just large enough to hold a body with a lens (often, I want to just take a body and two short lenses).
Okay, back on-topic. Here's what's actually in my bag right now:
1. One bottle of Rosco lens fluid.
2. One pad of Rosco lens tissue.
That's it! That's all I ever seem to remember to bring! Half the time, I forget to bring my polarizers!
I generally always choose my lenses moments before I leave, so it's always a mixed bag, pardon the pun. But, I never leave the house without at least lens tissue, fluid, and a monopod.
Here's the things that I keep meaning to take, but which never seem to end up in my "last-minute assortment of crap I throw in my bag." Coincidentally, I just cleaned out some boxes this evening, and found a treasure trove of forgotten photo goodies that I can pack in my bag right now:
1. Mikros microfiber lens cloths (I found two).
2. LED penlight.
3. Reversable Phillips/slotted "pen" screwdriver.
4. Moleskin notepad.
6. Pair of Nikon compact binoculars (got these for Xmas!).
7. Leatherman Micra (another Xmas gift!).
Here's what's in my bag (actually, on a belt, in a bag) that I use for work:
1. Leatherman Wave.
2. Streamlight LED flashlight.
3. Crescent Rapidslide adjustable wrench.
4. Spectra Low-Light Candela footcandle meter.
5. Viewing glass.
6. Suunto compass.
7. Filmtools pouch.
8. Setwear gloves and glove clip.