Sorry to bring up a troubling topic, but ever since the disaster in San Francisco, I've been thinking about what I would have the presence of mind to take with me if I was rushing out of a burning plane. On one level, this seems like a silly question. I'd be ok with losing my clothes and kindle, and I really hope I wouldn't be one of those people dragging my carry-on down the slide. This is almost a criminal thing to do when the lives of people behind you depend on getting out quickly. But I would really want some cash, a credit card and a phone to communicate with friends and family. If I was in a foreign country, not having my passport could be a real problem.
Frank really summed it up well here.
He suggested keeping these valuable things in a small bag, a money belt, or pockets. After some reflection, I'm seriously thinking now of taking something very small (too small for the flight attendants to tell me to put it under the seat in front of me during takeoff or landing), that would hold just the basics. A dyneema Side Effect might work.
What do others do? Will this accident change the way you travel?