Since I'm retired to my retreat, I don't load up my pockets much anymore. I always have a knife, a lighter and cordage on me. My current favorite usually carry knife is a ToolLogic folder, with a ferro rod and flashlight. I have a paracord lanyard on it, and it has a tiny whistle built in to the end.
The lighter is a Bic-type, except it's refillable, and has a small led light in the butt end.
When I go out, I usually, in addition to the above, have:
- a Gerber multitool in a sheath;
- paracord bracelet;
- wallet and badge holder;
- 5 dollar coins;
- 1911 OM, with 1-2 extra mags.
The wallet has a fresnel lens in a credit card slot. Both the wallet and badge holder have hideout cash.
Like the Cap'n says, it's not paranoia if they are after you.