I use my Tarahumara on most hikes, since most hikes are not overnight trips. I like to keep a set list of items in an extra large Kifaru pull out that I can use in my Tarahumara for day hikes then transfer these same items easily to my Ute for overnight trips. During the summer, I usually carry this pullout inside the Tara itself. During cooler months, I keep an, Arc'teryx Atom LT, inside the Tara and attach the pullout to the outside using the compression straps and two grimlocks at the top and bottom for extra security. Some of the items I keep in this pullout are redundant items that I keep in my Kit Bag. (I'll do a post on the kit bag in the kit bag thread.) These items are always subject to change. Sometimes I add more. Sometimes I take less. For the most part, I have been pretty consistent with this loadout.
On The outside bottom, I carry an Arc'teryx Gamma LT Softshell Hoodie. (I'm in the Southwest, so softshell works 80% of the time) For hydration, I use the Pathfinder 32 oz Stainless steel bottle with the 25 oz nesting cup, and the bottle stove nestled to the outside of that. In the other bottle pocket I carry a Nalgene Oasis canteen. If I need more water, I will carry two more bottles on the Prairie Belt, Or one more canteen inside the pack. (The Pathfinder bottle, with nesting cup and nesting stove, will fit in HPG 1QT GI Canteen holster)
In The extra large Kifaru Pullout I keep:
-Black Diamond Storm headlamp
-Boonie Hat, and Large Bandanna
- Two Large ziplock bags. (for various tasks such as water or tinder collection)
- Bacho folding saw
-Knife: full tang, high carbon steel, ferro rod on outside of sheath. (I also keep a knife on my belt)
- A couple wheat snack breads (for emergencies, I usually carry other things I plan to eat)
-Boo Boo kit: Small bandages, meds purification tablets. I also have a whistle and lighter in here. CARRY SPORTS TAPE!!
-Small Kifaru pull out with sunscreen, flushable wet wipes, and a lighter
-Small Kifaru pull out with Fish Mouth Spreader (For pathfinder bottle/cup) and a cover for nesting cup. Gorilla tape and electrical tape. Hotel sewing kit. Extra buttons. Lighter
-Small Kifaru pull out with fire starting gear. Lighter, Small tin with Petroleum soaked cotton balls, small tin full of char cloth, a piece of chert, matches in waterproof case, a few cotton disks soaked in candle wax, a small floating candle, and a pencil sharpener for making shaving out of small sticks.
Medium Kifaru pullout with Bushcraft USA 5x7 Mest Tarp in Coyote brown, with 550 cord for ridgeline and guyouts
I've also come up with a small mod to secure the floppy sternum straps. I realize this is a non-issue for a lot of people, but I like to keep things tame. I removed the shock cords from the shoulder straps. (I thought they were a really cool idea when I first got the pack, but found myself not using them much.) I took the original shock cord (1 piece) and looped it vertically through the buckle the sternum strap attaches to. Tied it off, then cut it down to size. This system is super easy and fast to stow the extra strap length.It is also very easy and fast to take out and adjust. For a skinny person, like myself, you can just fold the strap over and tuck it under the shock cord. For a larger person I think you can just tuck the strap under unfolded. I hope you enjoyed my write up.