When I say "gear" what I'm talking about is the variety of items that you might carry around in your pockets or use around the house — basically what a lot of people call EDC these days. I don't really like to call it EDC myself, although it does make instantly clear what I'm talking about, because I don't really carry the same things every day.

Vital Tools

For me, there is a set of vital tools that I have on my person all the time:

There's also a selection of other tools that I usually keep nearby, which generally are for when things escalate and the above items are no longer enough: