This is a fun thread. I have one riding mate who carries ... everything! So I can ride light
But I'm for carrying diarrhea pills and flattened 1/2 roll of date roll in zip lock bag. Have had the need myself and also once for riding mate, ..oh the relief!! Puncture repair gear,chain lube, wet weather coat and a bottle of water are permanently on board with me. A couple of band aids always live in my wallet. I have tools for every nut and bolt etc on the bike too.
I have to whole heartedly agree that a wet weather liner ..inside.. a coat is plain stupid. The process needed to put wet weather liner 'protection' on while roadside is ...aaarh! Done that but never again. Agree, who ever thought up that ' solution'?
On the bottom of my top box, are several old fashion paper maps in a zip lock bag. I have resisted buying a GPS as I have never needed one. The few tracks that may not be on my maps ( very few) I can't take my Strom on anyway.
I never listen to music or radio as I'm totally free with my thoughts and soaking up the peace and calm that I find the country gives me. I really can understand native people around the world who call it " Mother Earth"
Saturn 5 .... feeling the peace and calm! ( We need another hippy era, am I now too old? )
Edit: Oh I forgot a permanent bit of gear. I have approx. 1.5mtrs or about 5 feet of battery jumper leads. These are made from 'Jumbo' speaker wire with alligator clips at each end. They roll up easily into a small bundle held tight with a strong rubber band and easily fit with other gear under the seat. They will carry the electrical load and work perfectly well. I have jump started a bike and a car. ( Car to car )