Through my years walking around the woods I found a need for a compact carry kit that would be easily carried but had potential to be a stand alone kit. I think this kit is about the best compromise of weight and storage of the gear that I would want to have on me.
It all starts with a generic style stainless steel 1 quart USGI style canteen with cup and stove. I like having these three pieces of gear because they form the core of my personal 1 man cook kit and water carry system. Being stainless steel you have the ability to boil water to purify it in either container plus the cup itself is a great cooking vessel. This set does not have a lid for the canteen cup so, i keep a length of heavy duty tin foil inside the carrier with it.
I chose a fairly simple molle carrier to house the kit in. It has two large pockets on the outside plus a pocket on the inside to house a lid if I had one for it. This carrier forms the base load for the entire kit. I have the option of placing the entire kit on my belt or carrying it over my shoulder on the included carrying strap, which is how I normally carry it.
The next thing I insist that every kit I carry has is a robust fire kit. This scouting kit is no different. I chose the Fire pack 3-in-1 match safe with a ferro rod and magnifier. To supplement the matches I also keep a Live Fire tin and a Bic lighter. This provides me with plenty of fire starting capability in the event that I have nothing in my pockets.
Next up for a scouting kit is a compass. I pair this set with a compass, pace beads, whistle, and signal mirror. The compass is generic but accurate. It is not my primary but a back up to what I already carry and since this kit stays stored I do not want my main compass just sitting and not doing anything.
I have put a small but multipurpose medical kit in this kit. First is a triangular bandage. This piece of kit has millions of uses and has been in service by the military for decades. To supplement it is an Altoids tin with band aids, gauze and duct tape. I also have a pill bottle with various medicines in it one might need overnight.
One of the best survival tools in this pack is the multi-tool. The tool I chose to put in here is a Mossy Oak brand I have owned for awhile now. Most of the tools are accessible from the outside and they all lock. It features two knife blades and a saw with a good set of spring loaded pliers. It also has the normal screwdrivers that every multi-tool is equipped with.
The last items I placed in this kit is a Mylar blanket, 50 foot of 550 paracord, 25 foot of type 1 paracord, a cheap headlamp, an MSR water filter and a dip can survival kit. These items give me the ability to procure water from nearly any water source. I can also set up a shelter and operate in the dark.
This entire kit provides a balance of survival items and daily use items. I regularly carry this kit on short day hikes and even overnights where I might carry a more robust backpack with a full sleep system and food sources.
There is the basic information! You decide the outcome!