I am notorious for over-packing. I can't seem to stop myself from thinking, "What if I need this...? Maybe I'll need to do that... Oh...this is good for kids..." Yadda yadda yadda. I end up with a briefcase packed with stuff...but end up actually using much, much less.
At a recent gig, I found myself thinking, "What if I had lost my kit?" I realized at that moment that all I'd need to do is walk into the nearest drug store or dollar store and buy 3 decks of cards and a bag of rubber bands, then make sure my change contained a certain combination of coins.
Rather than list the smallest amount of stuff I've ever brought to a gig, I'll just list the smallest amount of stuff I've ever used in a gig -- which is pretty much my standard:
Two decks of cards and a handful of rubber bands.
One of these days, I'll actually try to force myself to bring just that small amount of stuff. But I feel so NAKED...!
Jack "Packs big...plays small" Skrip www.blackjackmagic.ca