Here's the scenario:
You get off work Friday at 1 pm and you have 24 hours. So you swing by the house, and grab your dedicated "ready kit", suitable virtually year round and warm enough for temperatures down to 20 or so. The goal here is not to have to fool around with a gear list, substitutions, and minutiae. Just grab the bag and go. Get to the trailhead ASAP on a moment's notice.
What's in your kit?
Here's my rationale.
I'm going to walk half a day, cook, sleep, cook, and walk.
I need sleeping gear, walking gear, and cooking gear, recognizing that the latter is a luxury.
My goal: minimize the # of items in my kit. I don't care about weight, this pack will be plenty light. I do care about simplicity and aesthetics of the gear. It still has to be fun to use!
It also has to deal with minor discomforts of rain, cold, and wind.
Pack: simple frameless rucksack
Stuff Sack: garbage pack pack liner
Sleeping Bag: down or synthetic quilt
Sleeping Pad: torso sized closed cell foam
Shelter: waterproof bivy sack
Cook Kit: mug, spoon, wood stove, firestarter, firestarting tinder, in a stow bag
Hydration: one water bottle, a few chlorine dioxide tablets
Miscellany: a few squares of tp, toothbrush, compass, map, pocket camera, notepad, pencil
Clothing Worn: wool hoody, softshell pant, socks, shoes
Storm Clothes: rain poncho
Warm Clothes: insulating jacket and pants, dry socks, gloves, hat
Food: hot cereal, cocoa, chips, chocolate, nuts, ramen, and coffee.
Would love to hear what other approaches might be to this scenario.