Similar to me,It depends how far I'm going. If I don't want to walk home (say if I'm leaving the village), the minimum is probably a mini pump and either a sealant canister or levers+quick-patches. Then the rest of the handlebar bag fills up with things for me: hand gel, lip balm, sun block, phone, keys, snacks, card, some cash. A bottle of water gets put in the cage or basket or dangled from the handlebars, depending which bike it is.
The more confident I want to be of being able to fix problems (usually means the further from home I'm going), the longer the list grows. Pick from: real patches and glue, spare tube, chain tool and quick link, cable ties, square driver and sockets/bits, adjustable spanner, folding knife, extra water bottle, phone battery, lock, rainwear, plasters and gloves. Usually most of that is carried in a saddlebag if carried.
that seems a lot, is it a large bag?In short ... Too much crap
2xspare inner tube
Multitool (with built in chain tool)
Park tools tyre boot
Some spares (quick links, cleat bolt other odds and sods, nuts and bolts)
Small roll duck tape (wound round a pencil)
Power bank for recharging phone/GPS plus cable
Mini Leatherman style knife/pliers
Emergency lights (if it's at all likely that I'll be in the dark)
Food ... Sandwiches, peanuts, cake ...
Spare layers/arm warmer (if necessary)
Pump (on bike)
Lights (on bike ... If necessary)
Plus random pointless stuff that has taken up residence in my bag.
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