Outside Magazine had their list of essentials that should be in everyone’s day bag. You know the bag you have if you are off for a day trip and you don’t know where or the day will end.
Here is mine.
15 litre backpack.
You know it’s the same size of bag that you use for carrying your laptop or your bags to school. It’s big enough to take everything with you but small enough to casually carry over your shoulder or toss in the back of a car. Wendy, Mark and I all have something similar. They are always ready and packed for use at a moments notice. You probably already have one laying around.
We don’t stress over the bag. The best place to get them is Wal-Mart or Bentley when they are on sale. It doesn’t need to be amazing, it just needs to hold your stuff and be ready when you are.
Ricoh WG-30 camera
16 megapixels, waterproof, crush proof, HD video and made for adventures. Make sure you toss a 32 GB card in it and have a backup battery. I have a silicon case to protect mine and a Pentax camera case to keep the extra batteries. It’s not the best camera on the market but it is a perfect camera to always have on you on every adventure.
Gerber Ripstop I Knife:
I always travel with a multi-tool so this is just for times when I need a small blade (I hate using the blade on a multi-tool). It’s only 3 ounces which is light enough to toss in and forget about it until you really need it. Plus, you are going on a day trip, not doing a combat tour. Leave the fixed blade, serrated edge, hardened metal knife at home with your camping gear.
Having crossed into the U.S. border many times with a knife in my bag or vehicle, it is a lot easier to say to a border official, “I have a small jack knife in my bag” than a hunting one. It is a lot less questions about who or what you plan to hunt.
I own some great multi-tools but my favourite one is a generic one that I got for $10 at Wal-Mart. It has multiple tools, grips that don’t hurt my hands and has lasted several adventures and crisis around the home. You can pay more than $20 but at the end of the day, mine has lasted me really well and there are all sorts of ones to choose from. If you are determined to get a high end multi-tool, you can do no better then the Leatherman CX Skeletool. At a mere 5 ounces, it is the lightest multi-tool on the market. One word of warning, it’s blade comes out of the packaging really, really sharp. Rub your finger across it and you are bleeding all over your new multi-tool.
Moleskine Notebook and Pen
What do you do if you come across a great idea in the middle of a road trip? Share it with your friends knowing that haters going hate. Or do you write it down like Henry David Thoreau would do? You know the answer. Grab yourself a decent notebook and a Parker Urban Roller Ball pen.
Something cotton and goes with both shorts or khakis. Get the Mens Merino Wool Hiking Crew Socks. If your socks or feet get wet from water or sweat, it makes for an uncomfortable day. Instead pack a pair of these amazing socks in your pack and change when you need to. They are perfect for getting you through your day and good looking enough to get you through the evening. Of course you probably have a pair of socks you have already you can use.
Van Heusen Men’s Short Sleeve Oxford Dress Shirt
This is something to wear once your day of adventure is done. Whether you are going out for a nice dinner, meeting up with some friends or just want to feel good on the trip home, this is the shirt you toss on. It’s wrinkle resistant, comfortable, and has a timeless and classy look to it.
BMO Prepaid Travel MasterCard with $250 on it
Your bank may or may not have a similar option but for $10 a year, you can get a BMO Prepaid Travel MasterCard. It works just like a regular MasterCard but it is prepaid. You can add money to it from an ATM or if you are a BMO member, it is linked to your account. If you have an emergency, you can pay for a motel room, a tow, or grab a meal no matter how bad it gets.
Since it is prepaid, there is no interest or debt to pay back later.
So what is in your day bag?