When I was just starting out I assisted Eileen Blass, a staff photographer at USA Today. As we were driving to the shoot she asked me where my equipment was. I had not brought it because I thought that would be rude. She asked me what I planned to do if a plane fell from the sky. That piece of advice has stuck with me for 15 years.
I am never far from my Nikons, but even without them I always have my phone. Today I found myself without my Flip cam (we share them at the office) and in need of the video camera. I whipped out my iPhone and asked one of the students to do the recording as I shot stills.
There is an entire movement of photographers promoting the use of mobil photography. While it wasn't a plane falling from the sky, I was prepared. Thanks Eileen.