I've really struggled with deciding what items are essential to keep with me, and how to manage them. I have to admit that I still haven't discovered my ideal solution, but here is an interim resolution to the problem.
I bought this little bag at Cabela's and it is designed as a carry bag. You can wear it around your waist, attach it to a larger BOB if you're truly bugging out, or sling it over your shoulder for convenient transport.
As you can see in the video, it has a compartment designed for carrying your firearm, which in my case is a Glock 26. The velcro straps provide easy access. The bag also has plenty of room for extra 10-round mags, my Blackhawk holster, and a canvas belt, should I decide I want to carry on my person. Some of the other items I make sure I have with me are my Fenix flashlight, and my Spyderco knife. Recently, I've added my little Exotac fire-starter.
I realize these items are not everything I need in an emergency, but they are good foundational tools for solving a myriad of issues. I actually have a larger Go Bag that is more extensive and stays in my car. I will be featuring it in an upcoming post.
For now, this is just one of my devices to stay ready and prepared. And I'm sure it will evolve through time, as I discover new and functional products. Stay tuned!
Isaiah 33:6 "He will be a sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure."