I'm really a minimalist. I don't bring much. I try to incorporate useful items into my gear in other ways.
In my bag is a ton of stuff. Just off the top of my head - Machete, first aid kit, basic fishing kit, change of clothing, ways to start fire, ways to purify water, cordage, knives (a lot of them), emergency rations, water, maps, compass, survival tent, etc.
I am fortunate in that I've never been truly lost. I've been on unfamiliar property at night coon hunting and gotten separated from the group and never even felt like I was lost. Its not skill, just luck I guess.
In general I like my Mora knife (with a custom sheath and firestarter). I like my boonie hat with tons of paracord wrapped on it. I try to take a firearm.
I like gear but I try to make do without it. I've never really regretted it yet. LOL
When I'm carrying my pack it has both a pack of tablets and a sport bottle filter from Berkey. I like the redundancy. And if the Berkey fails I still have a container and tablets. I have nothing against the straws though, just wanted a container option and an non-container option.