The best gear is the gear you have with you when you need it.
I can't always take my binocs with me, even though i would love to have some. At the Northcoast Blogshoot, fellow blogger TBolt brought out a handy-dandy Monocular. When he told me how modest the price was ($18) I could see no reason not to have one.
I might buy several. No reason every glove compartment should not have one. My range bag needs one. My fanny pack, my bug out bag, even my tactical pants!
The Barska Atlantic Monocular can even be had at Amazon.
--Another excellent public service announcement from your friends at New Jovian Productions.