In my pockets:
4" Cold Steel folder
Fenix TA20 tactical light
(Pen, chap Stick, Phone, Wallet, Keys).
On my person:
In my EDC bag (a camera bag always with me at home or left in the car when I'm out):
Two spare mags (34 rounds).
22oz water bottle,
Mini Duct Tape roll (1" x 75' I think)
Spare C123 Batteries (flashlight)
Filter for water bottle
Toothbrush / Paste
$2 in Quarters (parking, etc)
Disposable and Non-Disposable ear plugs.
Water Purification Tablets
Claritin (to relieve cold symptoms).
Miniature Corkscrew (
Bottle of lotion (for my hands :P )
Some peppermints (for my breath :P )
Gun Club badge
The idea is that first, I ALWAYS have at least a knife / multitool, a good light, and lighter (just because it is small enough for pockets). Where legal / allowed, I will have my weapon on me, or at least in the car.
Finally, with the EDC bag, the idea is that I can pretty easily grab it and get the essentials. Basically, if I ever had to bail from my car for whatever reason, I might not have time to grab a full pack from the trunk, but snatching the bag from the passenger seat is easy.
So, including with the EDC bag I have basic survival tools, a bit of food, a bit of water, fire, extra ammo, and then several comforts that might be missed (the medicine and toiletries, for example). And actually, I use and refill the water bottle probably 5 days of the week, and I occasionally used the toiletries if I end up staying with away from home at the last minute.
I am not against weapon-mounted lights, but I agree a good, variable-powered handheld flashlight has just been WAY too handy to not have. I use it at least a couple nights a week, whether looking for keys in the dark or, a couple nights ago, using it to identify faded street sights by shining the 225-lumen beam through the windshield