Mark W's thread has prompted me to get off my duff and rebuild my get home bag. Like Mark W, I drive for a living (tow truck) and often find myself a ways away from home. One day I might be putting around town all day - the next I'm running to Seattle, Medford, Boise, or Bend or anywhere else within 400 miles. I used to be quite good about keeping a bag packed with spare clothes, provisions for at least a day (when I spent less time farther from home, and more within 10 miles of home), and water. I kept it all in a simple plain looking commercial day pack. But the last few months I've been lazy. I unpacked said bag a while back with the intent of redoing it, but it never got done. With the political and economic environment we're in, plus the ever present possibility of something like a 9.0 earthquake in the area, I need to get off my duff and get it rebuilt. Right now, my pack is a simple 1-day commercial pack. It has one large compartment with a divider, a medium size zippered compartment on the lower back, with a smaller zippered compartment above that. Two small zipper compartments large enough to hold two spare G19 mags or a small portable radio are located one on each side of the pack, along with mesh netting for 1 quart nalgene style bottles. it's got a waist strap in addition to the shoulder straps. Made in china bag - so I've never put a LOT of weight in it. I also have a fairly sturdy fanny pack that used to serve as a tackle bag when I was fishing that I could add to the setup - a single large compartment with two mesh water bottle carriers on the sides, and molle type loops on the front. Things I used to carry: Spare set of pants Spare long sleeve t-shirt Spare button up or polo shirt (depended on the weather) Two pair spare socks Pair of work gloves (leather) Light weight fleece vest A portable AA powered radio with spare batteries (TV, FM AM and Short Wave bands) AA flash light with spare batteries Sheath knife lashed to one shoulder strap 2x foil packed tuna 2x ramen noodle packs 2x candy bars Package of crackers 50 gallon plastic garbage bag Small first aid kit (bandages, sanitary pad, antibiotic ointment, alcohol wipes, tylenol, scissors, tweezers, duct tape) Spare pistol mag for my carry gun This isn't a bug out bag. This is an emergency kit that I can carry with if something seriously bad happens when I'm away from home, to make getting back easier. Recommendations or omissions welcomed.