Re: What are the must haves for gigging?
Yes, always take a drum rug. I also always take an extra bass drum pedal and snare because they are the two things that are most likely to break, and one cannot play without them too well. Extra sticks are kind of obvious. A towel and whatever you like to drink are good too. The best thing to take is an excellent attitude. I never fuss in any kind of way at a gig, even when I have every right to fuss. You will learn something at almost every gig. Peace and goodwill.
Gretsch Catalina toms and BD / Mapex Saturn (snare) / Sabian / Evans / Vater