So when do you begin thinking about your gear? Do you do this days before your next trip or at the time you make it to the put in? For me personally this process begin the day before a planned trip. So what am I reviewing? I check all of my rescue / safety gear. I check all my navigational gear and finally I check all my paddling gear. I have gotten in to the habit of doing it in this order every time. With this approach I am less likely to forget something critical. I am checking all my marker lights, batteries for my GPS, routes in the GPS, expiration dates on flares. You name it I check it. I am also keen on knowing what other folks are "packing" in their boats as well.
So what is your ritual?...........discuss.