Not all that certain anymore just where the idea originated. They say mother is the necessity of invention or something like that. Well, the mother of this idea was the time it took me to assemble various necessities for a trip to the bush. I noticed that whether it was fishing, a paddle trip, moose hunting or berry picking, there were a certain number of small items which needed to be hunted down and assembled, items that had no idea how to stay where i put 'em!
Somewhere I came across the Frost River brand day pack and I knew I had my answer. In went my tiny Swedish hatchet, a decent compass, windproof lighter, skinning knife, spare socks for wet feet, a ball of rope. A small tarp is a useful addition, folded for compactness.
Another problem i had at the time, was that I was acting as volunteer ambulance attendant in the community of Teslin. Of course, the ambulance was well equipped, but maybe I come upon an accident scene on the way into Whitehorse sometime. So I included a tensor bandage, small scissors, tape, resuscitation barrier, and a rolled up splinting device.
One of the greatest additions has been the Solo Stove, This tiny stove requires no fuel other than what you'll find on any forest floor anywhere in the world: bits of bark, dried roots, pinecones or whatever can be burned. It burns with little smoke because of its unique design and will heat a cup of water to boiling in only a few minutes, excellent for the dry soup in a cup type of meals on the trail.
Anyway, this simple idea has saved me a lot of time preparing for my trips to town, the bush and the sea. Hope you give it a try and by all means, keep adjusting the contents to your own tastes!