Backpacks for survival situation

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  1. DrPBandJelly

    DrPBandJelly New Member
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    Hey guys,

    newbie prepper here. I was wondering what kind of backpack you guys think would be the best for a survival/apocalypse situation is. Should I go for something low volume and light? Or try to back as much stuff in there as possible?

    What is the most important thing to pay attention to when looking for a good backpack?

    Thank you!!
     
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  2. Keith H.

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    I don't think I can answer this one, I never have been able to understand all the chit chat about this pack versus that pack. Maybe there are really bad packs, I don't know, but I would have thought that providing it is well made, sturdy & comfortable to wear, that should be all that is needed.
    My wife made me a haversack many years ago, I converted it into a knapsack because it was more suitable for carrying a load. I have never had any problems with it over all the miles & in over 30 years worth of trekking, & I still use it.
    Keith.
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  3. DrPBandJelly

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    Hey Keith, thanks for the post. Wow, 30 years? That is amazing. What more can you ask of a survival backpack? I'm going to do more research on knapsacks. I hadn't even thought of them, really. Thanks man!
     
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  4. joshposh

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    Keith wins this one. Time tested and proven to work. Minimalist is key here. I think knowledge and the right attitude can get you further in the game then the latest technology and gadgets to help you survive in the bush. Everyone should look at the past for survival tips. Our ancestors were able to survive without the latest solar powered cell phone charger. Why can't we?
     
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  5. Keith H.

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  6. Tom Williams

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    Avoid a pack with cordage or thin unpadded straps packs with frames carry more and frame can be used to carry other things with the pack removed i use a military alice pack with frame from the 60s it a good heavy duty canvas pack
     
  7. Amhart6970

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    I simply use a northern pack, as it easily fits in with all other packs out there. No one thinks twice to ask what it is when they see it in the trunk of my car. It's sturdy, comfy and simple. All one needs.
     
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  8. Boomhower

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    2016-10-04 19.30.29.jpg This is what i put to geather their is more than u can see up front
     
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  9. Keith H.

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    No images showing mate.
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  10. Boomhower

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    Its sowing up on my end just joined this fourm so still working it out 2016-10-04 19.30.29.jpg
     
  11. Keith H.

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    Ah, that's better. Ruger, good choice. I have to admit, although I favour a butcher knife, that knife of yours looks very practicle.
    Keith.
     
  12. Boomhower

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    It has a saw blade on the back creations and a hollow handel with line fishing hooks compas and machines
     
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  13. lonewolf

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    I've got an Alice pack as I prefer a framed pack, as you get older its much easier to have something that spreads the weight.
    depends on the situation, if its a "bugging out i'm never coming back" then you'll probably want something that can hold as much as you can carry.
    but if its a simple evacuation and your coming back home when it all blows over, you'll probably just want to carry the minimum in which case a smaller pack might do.
     
  14. Arkane

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    Might want to change the knife! Dump the hollow handle bit and go full tang, and dump the sawteeth, they are a pain and get hungup at the worst times
    Serattions are ok and so is the size but make sure the blade is not too thick and heavy!
     
  15. Boomhower

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    I personally like the saw blade for getting firewood cutting down small trees it works really well for me understand what you're saying about Full Tang though
     
  16. Keith H.

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    Personally I favour a tomahawk/trade axe for making shelters, cutting & hammering in stakes etc. Also good for defence.
    Keith.
     
  17. Boomhower

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    I have added a 357 4.2 inch SP101 to make it
     

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  18. sarky

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    You ask a question that can only be answered by you. What shape are you in? How much can you carry? What do you need as opposed to what do you want? We all tend to have a favorite "luxury" item. The thing is, pick your gear then find a reliable pack to carry it comfortably in. Just remember ounces = pounds and pounds = pain! You could also practice a new fad that is going on here on the west coast, rucking! Get yourself a pack, fill heavy duty zip-lox bags with sand, load up your ruck and hike with it (don't forget to weigh your bags so you know how much you are humping around.
    I would also add that if you decide to pack a firearm, choose the caliber wisely, both for its effectiveness and and the weight of the ammo.
     
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  19. Keith H.

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    Excellent input Sarky, thank you.
    Keith.
     
  20. Keith H.

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    Remember, when packing for the trail there must be some compromise between two principles; minimum weight & maximum self-reliance.
    Keith.
     
  21. Spec OP warrior

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    The best pack is one that is an individual preference. In my opinion the best pack/s is the one that will carry all the necessary gear/equipment you think you will need for the situational operation you are facing. Natural disaster, man made, or just prepping for whatever happens in this crazy mixed up world. Budget is also a key factor in deciding on a pack. You can go with a cheaper knock off of the Rush packs in that WalMart sells 3 different models of the S.O.G pack. Cheap price, but i bought one for an EDC and it has held up for 3 years. In a long term situation, i carry the Eberlestock Battleship large pack. Research online for the many number of packs out there.
     
  22. sarky

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    I've gone with the EBOB concept, a cross between an INCH bag and a BOB. I use a Kifaru Navigator as the main pack with a Kifaru E&E pack docked and locked to it. The reason I did this is multi fold. 1: the bag is rated that if can carry it, the bag will hold it (and I put this to the test, tip my knees buckled from the weight) 2: the bag will take a serious beating without showing it. 3: the two pack system allow me to drop the main pack at my hide and carry the E&E with all my survival gear to set traps and snares as well as trot lines.
     
  23. Skot

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    I find molle to be a handy thing to have on a backpack, you can customize your pack to suit your needs, also i keep alot of my gear stored in seperate molle pouches inside my pack that way if i need the extra room in my backpack i can remove the pouches and just attatch them to the outside of the pack. Doing it this way i get away with a 30L pack, its got more than enough storage space for what i need. Just can get a bit bulky if i were to attatch all the gear to the outside.
     
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  24. Old Geezer

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    Had an uncle who was to have landed on D-Day. He said that all his mates were hoisting all of the heavy crap they'd been issued over the side. Weight + wading in water + German machinegun fire = certain death. As it turned out, the WWI ship they were on ran aground on some sand bar & couldn't reverse out of the situation and so they had to build a pontoon bridge to France. They were like three days late to the festivities. So he survived that to inevitably get in the middle of The Battle of the Bulge. Half his cohort were lost, including the company commander he really liked; utter slaughterfest, hell on Earth. They had to use their explosives to blow holes in the frozen earth to have foxholes to protect them from the shrapnel coming from the tree-top bursts from the German 88 artillery pieces.

    Praise be unto God that in this day and age we are gifted with so many lightweight solutions. In times past, our ancestors were not so lucky. In their names, buy these wondrous new feather-light products that allow you mobility. Me, it's over for me, my body is all broken up, I wore it out, too many injuries. My ears are shot-out and my joints are worn out. Don't let this happen to you if you can avoid it.
     
  25. lonewolf

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    remember: the more skills you have the less gear you need to carry, the less skills you have the more gear you will need to carry.
     
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  26. SurvivingPrepper

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    You might look at a backpack that is also a plate carrier. Having Kevlar or ballistic steal on your back could save your life.
     
  27. Born Prepper

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    First, work out what it is you need to carry, then buy the bag to fit.
     
  28. AuntB

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    What will you be using this back pack for? Will it be for a get home bag if you have to walk? I have a normal everyday pack. I carry it everyday. I chose to have my EDC bag look like a normal bag rather then a military looking bag. Think grey man. Do you want your bag to draw attention to you or do you want to blend. Many preppers go for the black or camo bags but IMO that say, I have good stuff in here."

    Do not pack more then you can carry and do not carry what you do not use. Being a minimalist is really what we should all strive for. Being a minimalist means you will have to use your knowledge.
     
  29. omegaman

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    I have yet to see a backpack fail. But you should get a pack that's comfortable and carries the gear you plan on having with you. Now, since we don't know much about the future, what you should carry in a bug out-event is pretty much up to you beside the basics. I like to have extra room for stuff I might find, forage or salvage and want to carry with me. I also have an extra lightweight backpack in my pack for expeditions away from camp, firewood etc.

    In a Bug Out situation I say again, because bugging out is not hiking or camping. When you do that, make sure to enjoy yourself.
     
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