Like @Mindgrinder I am more of a minimalist but my bag goes with me. My get home bag is my everyday carry. I get out of the car to go into the office, it goes with me. I don't take it into the grocery store but it is in the car. Always with me. I do not go more then 30-40 miles from my home. Please note in my car is a small tub with extra "stuff" depending on the circumstance that is causing me to walk home I can grab some stuff from the tub. My bag is a Jansport and it is purple, I look like a normal Mom with a backpack, but the pack is one of their outdoor models that has all the pockets and has the area for a water system. This is the style I carry- JanSport Tulare Backpack - 2050cu in | Backcountry.com Most would look at my bag and just think Mom with stuff hanging off. But if you look there is a compass, flash light, Sparkie fire starter plus a few extra locking clips.