5 Awesome Backpacks That You’ll Want To Bug Out With

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Whenever anyone starts getting interested in prepping, one of the first purchases they make is for a bug out bag. It’s a very simple and affordable thing that any newbie prepper can get, and it will immediately make them feel safer.

Of course, once they get around to doing some serious research about prepping, they usually realize that bugging out should always be a last resort. Doing so would make you a refugee in any disaster scenario, and it’s not be taken lightly. It’s far better to stock your home with supplies and prepare to hunker down during a disaster, and only leave when you have absolutely no choice.

But if that day comes, you’ll want the best bug out gear that you can afford. There’s only so much stuff you can carry on your back, so you’ll need to carry them in bag that you can stake your life on. If you’re just now taking an interest in prepping, here’s a few of the bags that you might want to consider.

Standard Tactical Backpack

tactical backpack

You can’t go wrong with an ordinary tactical backpack. Just a comfortable, no frills bag with lots of space and plenty of pockets to organize your gear. Plus it’s water-resistant, and comes with a waist belt that will help take the weight off your shoulders.

Firearm Scabbard

rifle scabbard

When most people think about taking a rifle or a shotgun with them, they just assume that slinging it over their shoulder is the only way to go. However, sometimes a scabbard can make it a bit easier to carry a weapon. You can give your firearm the protection of a case while still having easy access, and many of these scabbards can be attached to your backpack. This is important because if you’re already carrying a backpack, you don’t want another strap digging into your shoulder. Depending on what you intend to bug out with, there are scabbards for shotguns, rifles, and scoped rifles.

Rubberized Rucksack

rubberized rucksack

If you happen to live in an extremely cold or wet environment, you might want to consider a rubberized bag. No backpack is truly waterproof, but bags that are made of rubberized canvas are about as close as you can get to that. Unless the bag is completely submerged in water, you can trust that your stuff is going to stay dry. And as an added bonus, these types of backpacks are ridiculously durable. They’ll last a lifetime.

Internal Frame Backpack

internal frame backpack

Ultimately, bugging out means carrying as much stuff on your back as you can reasonably manage, and you can’t go wrong with the type of bags that long distance backpackers typically use. These have the largest carrying capacity of any backpack, and they typically come with an internal frame and a waist belt that helps balance and spread out the weight you’re carrying. Essentially, they’re designed to help you carry a lot of weight as comfortably as possible.

Tactical Messenger Bag

tactical messenger bag

Sometimes smaller is better. Obviously, a tactical messenger bag doesn’t have enough space to carry everything you need to survive for several days, but it does have its place in your bug out bag ensemble. You can carry one of these in addition to a regular backpack, and if you don’t want to wear the strap, there is a belt loop in the back that will let you carry it around your waist. These are really handy for traveling in rough terrain. Sometimes you need to drop your main bag so you can quickly scout ahead, or when you’re settling down in your campsite. With the tactical messenger bag, you can carry the most basic essentials with you at all times without feeling encumbered.


While this is hardly an all-encompassing list of bags that you should bug out with, hopefully it will give you a starting point. Everyone has different gear, personal needs, and challenging environments that they would have to overcome in a disaster, so take your time and do your research. You’ll find the bug out bag arrangement that works best for you.

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  • Razedbywolvs

    My grand mother taught me to knit and sow. But my sister made fun of me and told me that my grandma was trying to turn me into a girl, so I really didn’t retain any of that knowledge. Now some times I see thing like a tactical messenger bag and I think “dam I wish I could make one of those”.
    Or had realized sooner that my sister was born a evil bitch that was trying to poison anything good in my life.

    • Dunno y

      :))) I hear ya.

  • randy wellman

    here’s a list I made for my boy scout troop recently….stuff to put IN those packs…
    you can’t carry it ALL in a pack…but it’s a list of things to PICK from….what’s important to YOU…BTW, a jogging stroller will carry OVER a hundred pounds fairly easily…a military rucksack can be had for under 50 bucks if you shop around…and they’re pretty damn good.

    boy scout manual…there’s some GREAT information in there!
    plates/ eating utensils…(mess kit)
    bivy cover/sleep syst………….. sleeping bag good for 0*…-30 degree
    military sleep systems can be had for around 75$
    fire starter
    mattress pad/cot/bed
    cooking oil
    granola bars
    coats/cold weather bag w/hats scarfs gloves longjohns, shemagh
    optional stuff…………………………………..
    550 cord
    dutch oven
    firstaid book
    extra glasses
    adult stuff…………………………………………………………………..
    jumper cables and brillo pad(fire starter)
    sawyer mini filter
    magnifying glass
    tool bag
    digging bar
    tow strap and chain

  • Anothereno

    Mine is similar to the “Standard Tactical Backpack” actually called a Molle Pack, although it looks pretty simple the molle system allows for all sorts of addons like holsters, and various kits like med kits, ammo kits, fire kits, booze kits, riffle holsters etc etc etc endless possibilities…

    One thing I’d like for all of you to add to your kit if you don’t have one is the lifestraw, its basically a straw like water filter you can put in most water sources and drink away 🙂

    • LocalHero

      Absolutely agree about Lifestraw. I’ve drank directly from water in standing, road-side ditches with it and it tested/tasted perfect. I have several.

    • The lifestraw only removes removes particulates. VOCs go right through it.

      • Anothereno

        yeap but still extremely useful… Especially when out in the woods away from the contamination of cities…

        • Have you thought about where the nanoparticulates that the geoengineers are spraying go when they settle? You don’t want those in your liver.

          • Anothereno

            How about being a little more helpful? Why not suggest something…..

          • The only way to separate the nanoparticles that lends itself to consumer application is distillation. Once they are in the body, they plug every place they can reach and produce deadly obstructions, in addition to being pretty toxic to begin with. What would you like me to suggest? Allopathy has no answers.

          • Anothereno

            So then what I suggested is probably pretty realistic for people to actually use?

            Option A: Die from dehydration.
            Option B: Drink river water and get parasites/diarrhea/vomit potentially ingest chemicals from cloud seeding and whatever else they are putting up there and die of dehydration.
            Option C: Use the filter, potentially ingest a few chemicals and live….

          • It is only realistic for those who would prefer to become sick from ingesting poisons than learn how to remove them with very simple and readily available equipment and substances.

          • Anothereno

            Sick>Dead in a survival situation amirite?

          • No more so than in any other demonstration of willful ignorance, in my experience.

          • Anothereno

            So you’re not a survivor I guess, happy death and best wishes to your family 🙂

          • Since poisoning is a result of consuming toxins, and getting drunk is called intoxication, I assume that you know a lot of people who died from getting drunk?

          • Anothereno

            Not one :), I do know some people that died from ingesting other toxins though..

          • In other words, “Sick>Dead” is anything but inevitable?

  • Dunno y

    Will you honestly get out of a city wearing one of these intact ? bets are on you dont make it.

    • If you are still in a city, it is probably too late to get out when the roads are closed.

  • ExecutorOffice

    I ain’t buggin’ out in the ‘wilderness’ with drones, and 1 million chattel slaves eating fungus

    • LocalHero

      I agree. I’m not going anywhere.

    • There are plenty of politicians, given a glace at religions earthside.

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