I thought I'd start a thread about the stuff I carry while fishing, hunting, hiking, etc. This is one compact, take anywhere kit. I add items depending on where I go, and who I go with, but it covers a lot and takes up little space. Feel free to comment, and add items. 1. one platic peanut butter jar (the size of a big coffee mug)- everything goes in it. its water tight, and makes for a handy water container for purifying with tablets. its light and very durable. a nalgene would be good too, but most have narrow mouths. you can't boil water in it, but you can put hots stones in it and get hot water. 2. duct tape- wrapped around the peanut butter jar 3. water purifying tablets- i prefer the non-iodine variety. 4. compass- i use a silva 5. backcountry first aid manual and CPR card 6. waterproof matches and small bic lighter 7. candle- great way to make a fire. saves matches and helps dry tinder. 8. swiss army knife- i carry a leatherman and a big folder, this is just a spare. 9. small nail clippers & tweezers- usually use a leatherman for pulling out burrs, stickers, etc but still good for splinters, thorns, etc if i ever lost my leatherman. if in the desert with dogs, i would take a comb for cacti that get stuck in the fur. 10. antibiotic ointment- also good for dry skin, etc in a pinch. i would take some sort of lotion if there was more room. 11. small baggy of salt 12. film cannister with fishing line (mono and Fireline for fishing and repairs), hooks, small jig heads, and also sewing needles. 11. aspirin or ibuprofen- right now i carry aspirin since it can be used for me and our dog. be careful with bleeding and aspirin. 12. assorted bandages- i prefer big sterile pads that can be cut depending on need. little bandaids take up space and can be improvised with some tape and a piece of sterile pad. 13. small LED light 14. pencil This is what I always take in the field. Some of it is good for day trips, but can also help if I needed to stay out longer. I also add some AquaSeal, and some other repair stuff if I am out for long. I also take more medical stuff if I go with a group for long periods. Anti-histamines, suntan lotion, etc. I also take an extra pair of shoe-laces, or string/cord. Many uses. I would add a real flashlight too. I almost always take a poncho. Good to throw on the ground for sitting, good rain protection, and a shelter if needed. Don't forget the TP or paper towels!!! I try to keep it to the bare minimum so I will always take it. I had a huge first aid kit, but I never carried it because of weight/space issues. What do you guys take?