Something that works for me that I thought I would share is color, bright colors at that. Spraypaint/paint your tools something like a HOT PINK. I actually use red and yellow, yessss, 2 colors on one tool. (Although most of the color will only be around the groves after a few years)
This is kind of hard to explain, but PLEASE bear with me.
As wheelie said: “Rolls with pockets, with a place for everything, and everything in its place, is not for me.” nor for me.
Grant was so so right saying: “I also DO like pockets - even if a pocket is crammed with 2, 3 or more things - it's easy to spot if something is missing/lost in the dirt, whereas when loose, it's impossible.”
This is where the two colors come in. I do carry my tools in two different bags/rolls/pieces a lot like Rene Cormier does with his tools.
My tools (wrenches) that belong in the red pouch are ¾ red and ¼ yellow. The tools in the other pouch are painted ¾ yellow and ¼ red. This helps me keep it all organized and makes for quick visual double-checking of myself. (aka 5 red and 5 yellow) I also paint all my sockets and mark EVERY tool I have with bright colors.
The two colors helps me when I do my idiot check before I leave (The two colors really stick out. I haven’t lost a tool in the sand or leaves yet (knock knock)). It also helps from getting other’s tools mixed up with mine.
Pick this up from big wall climbing where you use sub racks. If you have ever spent time on a wall you know what I am talking about.
I think Tyvek (made by Dupont) has a use here as well. It is tear proof, waterproof, cheap (can pick it up free for a job site, Tvyek is a house wrap), packs up small, but mainly it is VERY WHITE. Everything shows up when using it as a ground cloth. You can use it as a ground cloth under you tent to protect the floor of you tent or even a small tarp (shade or water).