Many of us here truly have "loaded pockets" - and some have REALLY loaded pockets, belts, vests, coats, necks, etc...! But if you had to pare your EDC down to the most minimal, bare essential and most used items - limited to 5 - what would they be and why? This is mostly an exercise in what are the most used tools/items in your normal day, although if you want to consider what 5 items you'd have on your person if there is a scenario and you have to leave with just what you have on you what would that be and how would it differ from the normal day stuff, if at all... To set some ground rules you don't have to count your house, car or work keys themselves - however items you carry on your key ring count individually - so you can't say "my keyring" and it has 10 items other than keys on it and have that count as one item. You can however just group into categories if you prefer - a knife, a whistle, etc... but a discussion of which one and why that one would make it more interesting... I was going to say the categories here at EDCF are a good start of what counts including watches, pens, handguns, etc... although it might be fair to say you don't have to count a watch since everyone tends to wear one... but it makes it more challenging if any of the categories count other than keys... Try to keep it to items you can realistically carry on your person or in a small bag that you actually have with you every day - rather than a car bag or big bugout bag. Let's limit it to things you actually own right now - i.e don't say I'd buy "X" megalopolis replacement tool to replace what I own... And we can add, modify or adjust the parameters if it makes for a more interesting discussion. So I'll take a stab at this... Light - Novatac 85P. I think a light is an essential item of EDC for me and I don't think I could go without one on my person. I use one every day and even if I don't use it much during daylight the most likely disasters around here (natural at least) have a high probability of power outages, so a light is a necessity. The most versatile pocket light I have - long runtime if you need it, bright enough if you need it, and very durable is my Novatac. Knife - Spyderco Native. My perhaps most used EDC item is a good knife, I use one daily for a variety of tasks and in an emergency it is invaluable. If I had to pick only one it would be the Native - big enough for most tasks but still light enough to be easily pocketable, a solid grip handle and easy to deploy. My debate here would be perhaps to substitute a basic SAK into the equation - like the Cadet I just acquired, to add a few additional tools to the mix in case of emergency, although I mostly use a blade on a daily basis. Cell Phone - iPhone. I use a phone daily for business and personal use and would struggle without it. The iPhone is the most elegant solution to a variety of uses including GPS, internet and in a pinch my email. In an emergency I may not be able to make a call but I'd have to try... Pen - Lamy 2000. I use a pen a lot, each day, and make notes regularly throughout the day and the L2K is a completely solid and reliable workhorse. Not as useful in an emergency but day to day I use a pen a lot... Watch - Citizen Skyhawk AT. I cannot function without a watch - I know the iPhone has one but I don't think I can live with just that way to tell time. This is a true daily item as opposed to the something like a multitool which I'd like to carry for emergencies, but in this little game I'm limited to 5 so I'll rely on my knife, light and common sense. The Skyhawk AT does just about everything, does it well and looks good as well. I could, depending on the circumstances, substitute a Casio GShock atomic/solar Mudman which has all the same functionality in a different package. Obviously my list is skewed toward my daily office uses and when pared down to 5 items it's amazing how, well, unprepared I feel and likely would be... but EDC is not always about preparedness for emergencies but the stuff we use in our normal daily lives, and those are the items I always reach for time and again wherever I go... If I skewed it to an emergency situation there are a ton of things I could add, of course, but with only 5... kind of tough! Anyone else?