Always take a little cash with you on a ride. If you have a mechanical problem you can’t fix at the roadside, at the very least you’ll be able to pay for a ride home. An emergency stash of cash also means you can buy food and drink if you underestimate your fueling needs.
If the worst case scenario plays out and you are involved in an accident while out riding, then having some form of ID is a must. Nowadays in our interconnected world, one of the simplest ways is to set up an ICE contact (In Case of Emergency) on your phone. Apps can be used for this purpose where your personal details and a contact can be easily viewed on the locked screen.
If there’s any chance you’ll be out after dusk, carry lights and reflective clothing with you. Small LED lights weigh next to nothing but could help keep you safe in fading light.
It may sound like a lot, but between your saddle pack and jersey pockets, there should easily be room for all the essentials.
With punctures, mechanical mishaps, hunger and emergencies taken care off, you can get on with what really matters, enjoying your ride.