While the material of the bag is important to prevent rips or fraying, your zippers are more likely to fail before the fabric. Pay attention to the size and quality of not only the actual zipper and pull but also the stitching to the bag. This is where reading reviews is important to see if anyone else has had issues. So being water resistant is a plus. Some hiking backpacks come with rain covers but those take up space in your bag.
Usually very little but something to keep in mind. The RUSH72 can carry everything you need to live in the woods for 72 hours. It has a large main compartment, a big front pocket, two side pockets, an admin pocket, and a hydration pocket. Oh, and a fleece-lined pocket for your glasses. Compression straps hold all of your gear close to your center of mass. You can also shove some stuff between the front pocket and main part of the bag. A helmet, coat, or another item you need quick access to fits perfectly there.
Though you can buy this backpack at Amazon , some of the colors are only available on 5. The 5. You do cut some corners this way. The fabric is heavier duty than office pants but not as tough as the other backpacks on this list. This bag is cheaper than similar bags. You can tell when you hold it. Then swap out some of the unnecessary equipment when you want to use the backpack for pleasure instead of as an emergency supply carrier. It has multiple compression straps to bring the weight close to you, including a Y-style strap that goes over the top of the bag, which most backpacks lack. This backpack has a concealed carry pocket.
The Maxpedition Vulture-II is a good backpack when you want one bag for both long hikes and for emergency use. Even without adding your own pouches, it has the compartments and pockets you need to have the right gear in the right place. There are also document pockets, radio pockets, pen holsters, and not one but two 3-liter hydration bladder pockets. Compression straps, a sternum strap, and a waist strap keep the gear from shifting.
You can remove the waist strap if it gets in the way, too. The large main compartment has quick-release retention straps to further help lock your gear down without slowing down your access. Heavy-duty drag handles on three sides let you pick up this bag no matter how it lays, which is helpful if you need to drop the bag quickly to respond to a situation. Unlike some bugout bags, this one fits both large and small folks. It can likely fit everyone from a football player to a teenage girl.
The fabric is somewhat lightweight Cordura, so this may not be the best bag for running through thorny bushes. That was a lot of words. Hopefully this helped you to get started building your own bug out bag. It really depends on if you want to go for durability or weight. The best tactical backpack material seems to be D which, oddly enough, outperforms D. But for hiking backpacks, D is too heavy so they use something like silnylon which is waterproof as well.
There are new variations coming out every year but they are all some type of nylon.
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Thanks for the information. And what about the manufacturer? We always prefered Deuter. This year our son went to school and we bought him Deuter also. Any better ideas? Sounds like your son has the coolest backpack in school! Great article, Evan! I like your thorough coverage of the many issues that need to be taken into account when choosing a bug out backpack.
Thinking through these factors really helps us make the right choice. Thanks for putting this together. I keep boots, a tarp, a blanket, shelter and my sleeping bag in side and the stuff I need to access quick, I have in the outside pockets and the lid pouch. I have to attack my sleeping mat to the lower part of the frame.
I have a dry bag for things like clothes, socks, extra boots a cook kit and personal items. To me, it makes a great BOB and you can get them used, fairly inexpensively. Where do you recommend finding them used? I may not have clicked the right button.
Had to get the frame from Rothco at the time. Mine was in medium condition, but no holes or tears or anything. They vary in product availability when it comes to Army surplus. Rothco is more expensive, but still has great stuff. They have vintage ruck sacks, and putt packs and stuff like that.
That is a pretty great deal for a quality pack! Correction on previous post. Good call, Alan. I think I was thinking of gallons and pints. I fixed that statement, thanks for pointing that out! Have you seen GoRuck? I bought it in Belgium in I need another and will look at these choices. I think the author of this article missed a major point when it comes to selecting a bug out backpack. The reason why hiking backpacks are better at hauling larger loads compared to tactical backpacks is because they have either an internal or external frame which transfers the majority of the weight to the hips and lower on your body.
Modern and more advanced hiking packs have pivoting hip belts that move with your hips and reduce chaffing or stress on your hips. A Tactical backpack is designed for just that, tactical, quick, and short maneuvering generally with a specific goal in mind. They are not meant for more than days of hauling and are designed to carry mission focused gear or equipment for soldiers or law enforcement.
Generally, soldiers or law enforcement have large support networks that follow or can be dispatched for an extraction. Previous Axes vs Hatchets. So as a bare minimum, this will be equal to you carrying 1kg 2. But it will need to be more than that, given you might be moving on foot. How much food do you need in a bug out bag? The average human consumes calories depending on weight and movement per day. However, as an emergency, we could calculate for less than that.
Mountain House, who provide a 3-day emergency supply food kit , suggest that three-days worth of emergency food would be 1. In this total, as a minimum, you are carrying less than 3kg of food and water 6. But should try to carry twice this much at least with the water as you could be performing arduous activities and should not be at risk of dehydration. Of course, if you are planning on bugging out for quite some time, whether it be just yourself, your family or a group of friends. Consider these numbers over a week or more, this is where food and water can start to take up a lot of weight.
If you are working with this type of bug out plan , it might be a viable option to consider caching some food, water, and tools as a supply. Another method is to carry water purification tablets, which are strong and will purify your water in 35 minutes. You could also boil your water if you carry the appropriate containers to use on a fire such as cooking canteens. For some, lighting a small fire is the most logical approach as it is free, there might be plentiful supplies of fuel wood around to do so, and it keeps you warm at the same time. For me, I prefer to stick with making a small fire and using that to boil water, cook food, and act as light.
The grill mesh also lets me easily cook any meat I might have been able to catch. There is a lot that can be said for carrying a first-aid kit, and more often than not it will become a resource in an emergency situation.
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The most important thing to remember is only stock the stuff that you know how to use, otherwise, you are just going to be carrying ineffective items that are taking up excess space in your bug out bag. Most importantly, you should have something with tweezers, bandages, band-aids, antiseptic wipes and other basic first-aid items.
With this, I have my own extras I have found to be useful, such as a 3M dust mask, moleskin tape good for blisters and keeping gauze in place , tourniquet, suncream and a copy of my medical insurance policy. Medication — As for medicinals, all I keep is some paracetamol, anti-inflammatories, vitamins, anti-diarrheal pills and some antibacterial cream. Hygiene — Because I like to keep things in the same place, I have included my hygiene essentials in my first aid kit as well. These are toiletry items, a toothbrush, mirror, shaver, small toothpaste tube and a flat packed heap of toilet paper quite important , hand sanitizer, and a few compressed toilet paper tablets.
One of the first things you do as a prepper is to decide on a list of places you will head to for when you need to evacuate. So of course, having a destination comes with a method of navigating your way there. As the primary means, which in most cases will be your phone, make sure you have a pre-downloaded map of your area. You can do this through Google Maps, and save a map area on your phone to use it without signal. This, in most cases, would be our mobile phones, however, if the grid goes down then we cannot contact anyone else through that means.
There are methods of off-grid communication if you have other people with you, or a community of others where you can establish a mesh network. Hand crank radios — The most important element to communication will be to be in sync with community emergency alerts, which will be aired over your local radio station channels in your area.
To do this, get a hand-crank radio for your bug out bag which can be recharged with motion, saving the need to carry batteries. This one from Epica is able to charge your phone and runs on a small solar charger as well. Not only are small bags organizers, but they can hold things like a phone and keep them waterproofed and dustproofed. Water carrying — The primary thing you need to survive is water. You cannot survive for more than three days without it. Having some stored water in your pack is great, just make sure it has not aged past a few months. Sure you will probably have some bottles already with your bug out bag, but try tucking in a few Vapur collapsible water bottles as well, as you can never have too much water, and when you are in a real survival situation, you might not know when you are going to come across a clean water supply again.
There are also some other things besides water bottles that will make your bug out bag more effective. Not only are bottles and bags great for internal organization in your bug out bag so that you can locate your stuff quicker, but they have a number of other very innovative uses that you will need when bugging out. For one, whenever I am outdoors I always keep my iPhone in a ziplock bag. It is the cheapest way to waterproof it and the least bulky, and you can still use the phone in the bag.
These bags are also great for storing small foods like nuts and fruits, dry shavings and grass pieces for fire tinder, medical supplies, or even water as a last resort. Another great benefit to zip lock bags is that you can see inside of them, so having your medical kit in it, hygiene supplies or foods in there means you can easily see what you have, and how much of it is in there. When you have left the home from a flood and the only thing you have is your insurance papers to make sure you are covered, you want to keep them in a good condition so that you are able to know your rights in home and contents claims.
Furthermore, always keep your maps and map kit compass, pens in a map holder. A see-through SealLine map holder is useful as you can make markings on the exterior of the map holder with the map folded inside of it so that you are not directly marking the map. You should also use a garbage bag, or purpose built bag as a backpack liner to waterproof the contents of your bag.
Because you are essentially making a disaster kit, you want it to be safe in any condition. Say, for instance, you are grabbing your bug out bag to head to your nearest shelter in response to a missile attack warning. Keeping your phone in a faraday bag will ensure that the EMP does not wipe out your phone and render it inoperable.
Of course, you could carry a homemade Faraday cage with you but this is just inconvenient for sizing. I have seen people with shelters made out of these while they are marooned on the roof of their homes during floods which enables them to seek shelter as well as signal for help.
Definitely a must for any survival kit or bug out bag. Instead, find something more akin to a S. L Bivvy , which is a thin sleeping bag that can fit in the palm of your hand. Because these are small and fit into a bag you can attach these to the outside of your pack quite easily. With that bivvy, I use a Chillax Ultralight mat which also fits in the palm of my hand. This is an inflatable sleeping mat which allows me to sleep anywhere, on anything.
If you are likely to be in an area that has regular rain, it might also be a consideration to pack more shelter such as a tarp. Although you can also use the foil blanket for this. In fact, most of my week is spent in office attire or a suit. For that reason, I keep a small change of clothes in my bug out bag. It would be just loose, but tough clothing that I would generally where whenever I venture outdoors or when I go hiking. The most important part of your clothing is your shoes. Nothing is worse than walking on blistered feet or damaging them, so you might want to think about having very protective, comfortable footwear that is suitable for long distances.
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For my personal preference, as a creature of habit, I still wear a set of military boots when I hike and adventure outdoors as well, which I keep next to my bug out bag at all times. If you find you are using your bug out bag in a flood environment, insect spray could mean the difference between catching severe diseases or not, as water runs stale and mosquitoes will be in greater numbers increasing the risk of mosquito-related diseases.
This is where any bug out bag can be in danger of being overpacked, is with the smorgasbord of survival gear that is available out there. Sure, a lot of it is fun to use, but do you really need it all?
Not really. Instead, there are some tools and pieces that I keep in my bug out bag, and you might also find handy. In an emergency situation, you might need to cut, pry, chop or slice, the same as if you are in an urban-disaster environment, or if you are outdoors. For the specific type of knife you should choose, that is up to you, as there are lots of great, reliable brands out there.
For those of you that might be wondering why I want duct tape, you are yet to observe its hidden powers. Duct tape has a lot of uses. So whether you have to keep a wound together, fix up a cut in a hazmat suit, fix clothing, repair a leak in a zodiac boat, or fix a tear in your backpack, duct tape can manage all of that. Luckily my house was in an area untouched by water, but for many others, their living rooms, carpets, memories, and homes were ruined.
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Having gloves mine are Mechanix allowed me to safely remove a lot of the scrap debris that was blocking the entrance to one of the houses. Depending on your area, you might want to be thoroughly prepared with a gas mask. A CBRN gas mask will ensure you are protected against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks or contamination.
Having that protection may seem over-the-top, but if you are in an area that might be likely to be the target of such an attack, such as a capital city, this might be suitable protection. In my bug out bag, specifically, I keep a small and affordable dust mask which has an interior activated-carbon filter. Of course, this is not going to stop tear gas or the effects of a chemical weapon, but in case of wildfires prominent in my area , dust storms, or pollutant smog, then this mask is perfect. For myself, I am still using my Leatherman Rev , which is a very affordable option for any survivalist from Leatherman, who are known to make the most durable and innovative multitools.
Flashlight — Whichever brand you choose, make sure you get a strong, palm-sized flashlight that has a relatively good power consumption. I use an Anker LC40 lumens tactical flashlight and have three of them located around the house for during blackouts and other such circumstances. These types of flashlights are cheap and very effective in what they do.
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I would also recommend keeping some extra batteries in your bug out bag for this flashlight as you might be using it a lot more than you think. Similar to the above, a popular option is the Anker PowerCore mAh. I have been using this battery for some time now and it is able to give two full charges to my iPhone 6. If you do see a circumstance where you might be heading outdoors, having a secure way to light a fire is important.
I have already included a lighter in my kit with the duct tape on it , however, the most viable backup is a fire striker. There are plenty of choices for fire starters but I chose a fire starter from Survival Hax as it comes with a tinder holder and emergency whistle. The emergency whistle is a great item to have for circumstances where you might be trapped or trying to audibly signal for help. You might have noticed that in this post I kept mentioning insurance papers in a bug out bag.
But, while the survival gear is the exciting part of bug out bags and emergency situations, in all reality, when we are looking at the practical contents of a bug out bag, there are some things that seem to get forgotten about. Like many survival blogs, I have listed many of the items that you would expect to find in a bug out bag list. However, in a practical setting, there is also some paperwork and administrative items that are just as important.
Administrative paperwork such as insurance, copies of licenses, and health forms, are important in a bug out bag as they are a proof of ownership, identity, and insurance, which are some of the most common legal issues that you will come across post-disaster or emergency. Having this paperwork with you will be a godsend in times of disasters or emergencies where your home and contents may be at risk, damaged, or washed away, so make sure you make copies of all of those documents. One bug out bag is not like another. Take one look at bug out bags on social media and you are likely to see some bags that are just full of weapons, whereas some are full of food, water, and nothing else.
They all differ. Will this big out bag allow me to survive the next world war? Probably not. Will it increase my chances of survival if my country was to be attacked, if there was a riot, or if there was a natural disaster or emergency? This guide and bug out bag list is not exhaustive by any means, but it has been used by a number of preppers to assist their survival in local emergencies and disasters.
As a guide, it is by no means a must-have list. Rather, this bug out bag kit might give you some ideas of what you need in a bug out bag, or extras you might want to consider. An alternative method of getting maps is from the National Geographic map website. They are downloadable as PDF files for free. Julio Maysonet. I have a few items from this list in my bob already. I have the J5 flashlight which I like alot and the sleeping bag for use in spring, summer and fall.
Ben Brown. Hi Julio, great work with the gear. As well as bugging out when the SHTF, this is really handy stuff to use outdoors as leisure and roaming the wilderness. Sorry for giving the wrong impression but I am a new to prepping. I plan on using it soon. Hi Darlene, this depends on the disability.
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For me while not necessarily a disability, more a limitation on choice I can only eat gluten-free foods, so it makes the freeze-dried food a bit selective at times.