Re: equiping characters
If you find it helpful to list what the characters have in their possession, go for it - but as has been said, don't list the items unless it's relevant, or interesting. I have a couple of instances where I list what a character is in the process of packing for a journey, but I use it principally as a method of characterisation. For example, does the character pack lots of clothes and personal grooming equipment, or more practical gear? Is there something idiosyncratic amongst the regular items - a treasured or secret possession? Something I've learnt from reading detective fiction is the technique of hiding an object in plain sight by including it in a list - a version of the "Chekov's gun" principle mentioned above.