I also get strange looks for my edc gear. I usually carry a pocketknife, 3x5 notepad in a Write As Rain nylon cover, Hinderer pen, Fisher Space Pen, JDR Betta, Atwood Booger, cellphone, flashlight (either a Nitecore Extreme or D10), and spare batteries in a nylon case on my belt. To me these seem like the bare essentials. My wife used to tease me about the light until it came in handy a few times. Now she even carries a Fenix AAA light in her purse. Not much, but its a start. I'm still working on the rest.