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Recommend backpack for bug-out-bag.

Going to start investing in prepping for a bit.
Anyone have a bug-out-bag that they recommend (what brand, size, etc)?

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I bought two.

I bought two.

Southern Agrarian

Wow that's nice

And for every one they sell ($20), they provide a child in Africa clean water for a school year. That's a gimmick I'll gladly fall for.

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Canvas duffels

can be put in the dryer to kill bug eggs. No pun intended.

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I may be lazy, and there

I may be lazy, and there might be a better site for purchasing this stuff, but I stumbled on http://www.thereadystore.com/emergency-preparedness-supplies...
They have some tools and food and the like but cannot validate prices if they are cheaper or more expensive. Worth a look though.

Southern Agrarian

I would follow the links of

I would follow the links of Kelldor, TJ1776 and others below; however, other than those Military bags, I like EBERLESTOCK packs, especially the J79 SKYCRANE II for full-scale evacuations. Obviously smaller packs for smaller operations. What I like about the SKYCRANE II is that it houses a smaller central pack, which can be separated from the larger pack and used by itself, because it has its own should straps. The SKYCRANE II can be expanded with a variety of add-ons, to suit the needs of the individual owner.

There are plenty of other companies which make high-quality military packs.

Food/ Long term

So I'm piecing together my bag contents list and I think I have the basics covered.

Now,does anyone have any food recommendations?
I mean long term food supply (aside from growing your own/canning) for 3-5 months on meals in a bag, MRE, freeze dried and so on.

Ideally I'd like to have a 2 week food supply in/on the bag and longer term food in storage in case of hurricanes and the like.

Southern Agrarian

Just pointers unless you can afford the SmudgeBug 5000

There's a few things that make for a good survival/bugout pack. Amazingly, most packs aren't waterproof. That really sucks but it's true. Look for a pack made with waterproof material.

Next, pretty obviously, camping packs are often bright, happy colors. You don't want that even if you aren't "going camo". You want to be able to stash the thing.

Next, finding a pack you can actually load down with 60+ pounds and feel "comfortable" online or from a catalog? FORGET IT. You really wanna be able to try them on WITH WEIGHTS IN THEM. At least having done so you can look for the DESIGN AND DIMENSIONS you want. There are a LOT of different suspension systems out there and they all have their uses. Hard packs, soft packs, internal frame, external frame, soft pack, web-and-yoke, sling suspensions, all kinds of them.

Next and maybe most important as to what kind of pack, how big, etc. is don't buy the pack and start looking for stuff to fill it with. And this is this big juncture for most of you. See I already know what I'd need for a pack because I already got the gear. The gear is all hand-selected stuff I picked up and I know how to use it all and I know it all works. It's quality stuff. I know how much space it takes, I know how I distribute it's weight and I know what stuff I want handy exterior pockets for. But that's a result of my LIFESTYLE more than a major bugout mentality.

For many of you, buying a pre-filled pack with all the basic stuff is a very practical solution. The only thing I see is the ones with real quality stuff are pretty spendy indeed. I have an arguably better setup for less on the bottom line. The less expensive "48 hour complete bugout bags" I think will be good enough for about that long. You don't even bother practicing with those, take them apart and they won't go back together all nice and neat. It's all basically single-use, disposable type stuff. But again, don't let it stop you from buying one if you don't want to lavish time in trade expos and sporting goods stores.

Finally, everybody wants suturing kits in the medical bag but ever try suturing somebody without anesthetic? For the most part you want to look at surgical glues and steri-strips, it's amazing how many sutures we avoid having to tie with those things these days.

If you want both, something really top of the line I can put together a Smudgebug 5000 custom selected for your weight, dimensions and physical history. The one-way ticket of bugout bags (you are bugging out and you are NEVER coming back). That would be for you newly minted bitcoin millionaires maybe. Something that goes well in whatever they have for a trunk in your new Mazzerati. Lols.

Happy prepping!

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Military Surplus...

I would recommend the MOLLE II standard pack in multicam.


- External Frame makes for easy lashing of larger gear like a bow, rifle, hauling game or fire wood, etc.
- Good size for an average person as you want to be able to move quickly
- Good all around camoflauge
- Multiple pockets for good organization and easy access to specific gear on the fly
- Hydration compatible with endless MOLLE attachment capabilities

However, even that pack is a little large for me. At 5'8", 145lbs that much gear would destroy my mobility when you add ammo and a weapon.

So... I went smaller and cheaper and use a medium ALICE pack that I've extensively customized. I chose it for pretty much the same reasons as the multicam pack above. Plus, the frame is indestructible.


It's really up to you. Keep in mind your preferences (modular/rucksack), your size and fitness level, etc. A lot also depends on if you have somewhere specific to BO to or if you need to carry ALL of your gear with you.

I personally don't like internal frame packs or packs with only main compartment for reasons I've stated earlier but it's really a personal choice.

While I personally don't like it as it's too big for me, has an internal frame with only one main compartment, Kelldor's suggestion of the MC ILBE pack is a great one.

I'd also recommend staying within the realm of military surplus. Great quality and price that will comparitively blow most civilian only manufacturers out of the water. As an example, I can afford to sell the MC ILBE packs Kelldor mentions at my shop for $100 while the gov. paid $800 a pop.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

If, like me, you are not in

If, like me, you are not in superhero shape, you are not going to really want a big huge pack. I bought a Marine Corps I.L.B.E. main pack, which happens to be made by Arc'Teryx. The quality of this pack is freakin awesome, and it's very comfortable. It can hold a lot of crap, and therefore, if you are not careful, it can become really heavy. (This one comes with all of the extras except the 3 day assault pack, and is only $44.00, which is a steal!)

I bought the 3 day assault pack that goes with it and clips onto the back, but it was crap so I gave it away. Still got my ILBE though. I love it.

I then bought the Rothco MOLLE Level III Medium Transport Packs (military tactical pack, hydration bag)
It's small, light weight, comfortable, many pockets, will hold water bladder, and has shoulder straps and waist belt. This one is only $53.00.

The ILBE only comes in MARPAT/Digital Woodland. Not good if you are looking to blend into an urban environment, going through checkpoints, etc. The Rothco transport pack though comes in many different colors and camo patterns. The Rothco is probably made in China though. I've taken mine hiking camping only once. Worked great.

Maxpedition is another company I would look at as well. http://www.maxpedition.com/

Tactical Tailor makes high end gear, made in USA (Tacoma, Wa.) I would check out their MOPC.

Something unassuming and WATER RESISTANT/PROOF

Get on Amazon and start huntin around for deals. Thats what I did. GOOD (Get Out Of Dodge) Bag inventory list (so far):

1 MARPAT ACU water resistant pack, non framed
1 hand crank flashlight/radio
10 Green Snaplights
4 Mylar emergency blankets
1 boot/dive knife
1 survival knife with emergency hilt kit
25 "light anywhere" matches plus waterproof casing
300 piece first aid kit
1 Pair of tweezers (metal)
1 pair of scissors (metal)
1 lighter
1 Filtration device (tablets, straw, bottle)
1 pack of benadryl
1 Survival whistle (temperature gauge/compass attached)
1 small tool kit
1 all-purpose sharpening tool
1 strike stick
1 set of utensils
1 handsaw
1 pair of headphones (for the radio)
1 pair of throwaway "safety shades" (wal-mart)
1 roll of toilet paper (VERY IMPORTANT!!!)
1 book (for reading)
100 feet of Safety Green Paracord

1 medical book (pocket)
1 survival book (pocket)

That's everything so far. I have a couple of old water tight canisters to store things in, or you can get these cube storage devices for pretty cheap. Can't remember the name. Anyway, enjoy kitting up!

PS I rewrapped everything I had with the safety green cord. You can see it underwater or hanging from the side of a cliff. Odds are if you are spotted by roving bands of cannibal marauders, then the safety green cord is the least of your concern.

These are great for your go-bags...

and they're only $3 each, $29 a case: the mechanical fisher yo-yo (illegal in Calif, btw)


A big rat trap with two feet of lightweight chain attached to it for catching small critters.

A small bottle of bleach.

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For the yo-yo reels. They can also be used to create snares for small mammals. Good price on that site too.

NOTE: I am not advocating violence in any way. The content of the post is for intellectual, theoretical, and philosophical discussion. FEDS, please don't come to my house.

My bug out bag is a shotgun

My bug out bag is a shotgun in my mouth

Be Flexible

...depending on the situation. Own several different types of packs based on:
how much you need to carry and for how long
whether you will be armed or unarmed, carrying legally or WROL
moving 'tactically' to avoid threats or openly to blend in with others
transportation (on foot, in vehicle, urban or rural)

Items to put in your bug-out-bag:

1. A sombrero
2. A pancho
3. A condom
4. A compass that points south.

NOTE: I actually bought a cheap compass one time that pointed south. Still useful, however, as long as you knew about it.

Yep, but pack a few more condoms!


Get a lightweight, internal frame, single compartment

backpacking backpack. I personally like the REI brand backpacks. They are affordable and of good quality. Get the largest capacity available. You can always roll down the excess if carrying less stuff. I emphasize to get a lightweight packpack. If it weights more than 2-3 lbs. empty, it is too heavy!

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Wow thanks for the responses.

Wow thanks for the responses.

Southern Agrarian

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on what all you want to carry.
I use these guys. They're doing free shipping/no minimum right now. Plus "Cheaper than Dirt" folded under the pressure of the Newtown thing, so I vowed to never buy from them again.

surplus bags

There's also a pretty good site where the members find and rate deals from around the net on related items. (mostly guns and ammo)

5.11 COVRT 18

This may be better suited as a an EDC bag or a get-home bag, but I have a 5.11 COVRT 18 that I love and my favorite part of it is the fact that it blends in and doesn't scream "I AM A PREPPER THAT HAS ALL OF LIFE'S ESSENTIALS INSIDE THIS BAG...AND A GUN"

This bag is extremely well built and has lots of cool features.


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I like this one above the

I like this one above the others, it is plain and inconspicuous.
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Southern Agrarian

On the cheap?

On the cheap, get an old Alice pack with external frame and read how to kit it out.

On the expensive:
I would recommend getting a external frame Kelty over something "tactical." You are trying not to draw attention to how well prepared you are, you want people to see you as some poor sap, not someone with something worth taking.

The size is dependent on what you want to do with it. Get your plan together FIRST, then get your gear to compliment that plan.


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heard people say that you want to have a "low key" backpack that's a dark or bland color so you blend in or whatever. But in a shtf scenario, it would seem like a bag -no matter what color or condition- would be of interest.
It's a tough call. A "poor sap" with a bag might also be viewed as an easy target, as opposed to someone with a tactical pack that may convey military experience and the ability to defend one's self.

A warning on a low key non-tactical backpack.

It is JUST AS EXPENSIVE and limits your options for use more if anything. When you know shit has hit the fan, you ought to be prepared to get the heck out of dodge if you are getting a b.o.b. long before people are going hungry and getting desperate.

Further looking like you know what you are doing when you move intimidates people because you look like you could be a PMC and ex-military.

Goes Both Ways

...depending on the "threat". Tactical looking gear could draw undesirable attention from law enforcement personnel engaged in martial law activities such as vehicle checkpoints, stop and frisk, and other warrant-less searches. I would maintain gear suitable for either-or scenarios.

3-Day Assault pack from Condor.

This is a good intermediate pack if you don't want a ruck.
It has molle attachments and will allow you to attach a field knife or other molle attachments. Comes in various colors such as multicam, coyote tan, sage, and etc.

It is made with mil-spec 1,000 cordura which is very durable for heavy use, will let you put in a 100 oz. hydration pack, I believe it has bottom cords for strapping up a tent. I got a smaller assault pack and after time I realize I still want more room. Hence why I recommend this. If you need anything bigger, you need a ruck bag. It can also be adjusted if you also want a tac-vest or plate carrier.

Here is what they look like:

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