I carry a bag that is provided by my company. It is about the size of a messenger bag with multiple zippered compartments, but no flap.
The biggest compartment holds my clipboard (a lightweight one! The plastic ones or the old fashioned brown ones with the silver holder weigh a ton), a folder with blank clinical note(s) blank physician orders, blank narrative notes, a few copied pages for reference, blank time sheets and at the back of the folder, separated by a piece of cardboard, my completed clinical notes. My calender (a 12-month, a month at a time one, kinda like the ones teachers use. It is 10 inches by 13 inches or so, with days big enough for me to do my daily schedule for each day a week at a time. It is a lifesaver for me...I seem to be getting a bit forgetful as I get older). Oh yeah, the travel chart for the patient I am seeing at the time.
The compartment to the back holds my stethoscope, BP cuff and a baggie with alcohol swabs to clean both.
The smaller compartment on the back of the bag has a baggie with gloves, another with skin prep, another with hydrocolloid dressings (2x2 and 4x4) and one with tape, band-aides a few little foil packets of Neosporin and a couple of little bottles of alcohol gel for hand sanitizing.
A small zippered pocket on the front of the bag has my pencil case with WAY too many pens
bandage scissors, hemostats (which I have never used, I just have had them since graduation and they are like a good luck charm), my tape measure for MACs. Also in that pocket is a tube of hand lotion (in the summer it also has sunscreen as driving with the window down gives me a "trucker tan" on my left arm which is a bit unattractive, to say the least) and this pocket is where I put my keys. I also carry a reference from my company that has tabs for eligibility for the most common hospice diagnoses and the Karnofsky and PPS, BMI and FAST scales. Two little mesh pockets at the back of this compartment hold my calculator, a business card case for cards for outside vendors, home care companies and the like. Post-It notes (invaluable for making sure I don't forget to order meds, equipment, call for lab results etc...) and my pulse ox.
There are 2 pockets on the side of the bag, one holds my glasses case and the other my cell phones.
This is what I carry every day, into and out of each patients home, into the office (but never into my house...work stays in the car!) And after re-reading the above, now I know why my shoulders hurt at the end of the day!
We all were also given portable file cases where we keep our travel charts in our cars and I keep a big stack of blank clinical notes, physician orders and narrative notes along with more reference material and books. And even more pens
I hope this helps. It is what I find I need on an everyday basis, but each nurse has their own needs. I used to carry so much stuff in my car that I never used, and after 5 years I have weeded it down to what I have listed above. I can start my day at a patients home without needing to go to the office, and actually except for needing to hand in time sheets, I could do my job without ever going to the office except to pick up more blank forms!