Astounding Survival Backpacks To Get You Out Of Dodge


― Thoughts of Survival Backpacks

You stuff me with food, and tools, and a gun. I have a lot more room and our journey hasn’t even begun.” 

Alright, we admit this was a bad one but what more can you expect from us?

We are writing a blog on survival backpacks as if that needs any more explanation! 

They aren’t exactly fun to talk about, unless… you are living in an episode of The Walking Dead. How amazing would that be? 

With the tactical skills you have, we bet you could blow the brains of a walker easily, without even breaking a sweat. 

COVID-19 hasn’t exactly reached the zombie-level status but you never know when you might have to pack a few essentials and get to safety.

The Introduction Of Survival Backpacks.

You know who would make a better companion than your partner? 

A Survival backpack to be exact!  

This beauty will never cheat on you.

Will carry your load and never complain. It will keep you cool.

Will give you access to absolutely anything.

It can get you out of tough survival situations. We could keep going but gotta discuss other things too. 

So, let’s get started: 

What Are Survival Backpacks? 

First, the name itself is pretty self-explanatory ― it’s a bag filled with essential items that you grab and dodge the hell out with. 

The keywords here are “survival situations.” You pack the bag beforehand and store it in a place you can easily access.

When disaster strikes, let’s say a riot or a war, and your house is smack dab in the middle of it, you grab this bag and abandon your home.  

Features of a Quality Survival Backpack

  • Be crafted from thick and durable fabric so that it can withstand harsh weather conditions and prevent wear and tear 
  • Have padded hip straps so that the bottom part of the backpack does not hit you when you are walking on a treacherous path 
  • Be made of water-resistant material so that food items and essentials such as medicine, matches, etc. don’t get soaked 
  • Have separate compartments and pockets to store stationery, guns and mags, water bottles, and other items 
  • Should have a roll-top construction so that more items can be stored easily 
  • Have airtight construction 

Critical Survival Backpacks Factors 

Mass and Volume 

The number one factor of a quality go-bag is its space.

Depending on where you are planning to go, can it handle the weight?

For example, if you are going camping, can the backpack hold a sleeping bag? 

If you add a few extra items, will the bag start to break apart from the seams?

This is why it is important to choose a survival backpack that is made from industrial-grade material. 

Comfort and Customized Fit 

Above all, hip padding and straps are two things that are extremely necessary for comfort.

If the survival backpack does not have this kind of support, by the time you reach your destination, you will have horrible back pain.

The straps should also be adjustable and have enough width that they don’t cut into your shoulders.  

Breathability 

Another important factor is airflow.

On the other hand, if the backpack doesn’t have a mesh lining, you will be sweating all the way on your mission.  

Survival Backpack Essentials 

Now that you know how to pick out a survival backpack, you need to make sure that you carry the right items with you on your adventure.

Following are three checklists that have been categorized according to a type of emergency: 

Level 1 – Standard Emergencies Survival 

Natural Disaster Survival
Natural Disaster Survival

The survival items in this checklist are for when a natural disaster strikes and you have to make a dash to safety.

This bug-out kit can help you handle injuries when in a difficult situation.

The items in this bug-out backpack will cost you between $500 and $1,100. 

  • First aid kit 
  • Sewing kit 
  • 32oz. portable collapsible water bottle  
  • Collapsible canteen or vessel  
  • Water filter 
  • Water purification tablets  
  • Ready to eat meals 
  • Tinder 
  • Lighter Headlamp 
  • Field knife 
  • Tarp 
  • Cordage  
  • Multi-tool 
  • Documents (paper and USB) 
  • Cash 
  • Toilet paper 
  • Waterproof pen and paper  
  • Condensed camp soap 
  • Hat 
  • Nail clippers 
  • Socks 
  • Underwear 
  • Duct tape 
  • Top base layer 
  • Pepper spray  
  • Pants 

Furthermore, anything survival we recommend two companies to look at.

  1. Battle Box
    • Although relatively new to the market they have a huge selection and they are always adding new items to their categories.
  2. Survival Frog
    • In contrast, they have been in the survival industry for a long time and have one of the largest survival gear inventory you will find online.

Level 2 – Camping Survival

Camping Survival

If you are planning a camping trip, then you will need a couple more essential items. 

When filled, the backpack will weigh around 35 pounds. 

The items in this bug-out backpack will cost you between $800 and $2,300. 

  •  First aid kit 
  • Freeze-dried food 
  • Stormproof matches  
  • Portable stove  
  • Pot for boiling water 
  • Spork 
  • Flashlight or lantern 
  • Travel toothpaste and toothbrush  
  • Sleeping pad, mask, earplugs, and bag 
  • Wet wipes 
  • Gloves 
  • Chapstick 
  • Goggles 
  • Sunglasses 
  • Holster, pistol, and a full mag 
  • Solar charger 
  • Compass 
  • Belt 
  • Maps 
  • Fishing kit 
  • Sewing kit 
  • Deck of cards (waterproof)  
  • Headphones 
  • Duct tape 
  • Pack straps for lashing the tent  
  • Pepper spray  

For anything survival, we recommend two companies to look at.

  1. Battle Box
    • Although relatively new to the market they have a huge selection and they are always adding new items to their categories.
  2. Survival Frog
    • In contrast, they have been in the survival industry for a long time and have one of the largest survival gear inventory you will find online.

Level 3 – End-of-the-World Emergency Survival

End of the world survival
End of the world survival

Just kidding!

But yeah, if you want to prepare for worst-case scenarios then this is the bug-out kit you need.

When filled, the backpack will weigh around 45 pounds.  

  • First aid kit 
  • Firesteel Ferro rod for starting a fire 
  • Extra AAA batteries 
  • Battery charger 
  • Extra full magazine
  • Solar charger 
  • Blade sharpener 
  • Hand saw 
  • Whistle 
  • Tent 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Signal mirror 
  • Double pair of socks 
  • Duct tape  
  • Sewing kit 
  • Fishing kit 
  • MISC fasteners  
  • Pepper spray  
  • Water bottle 
  • Toilet paper 

For anything survival, we recommend two companies to look at.

  1. Battle Box
    • Although relatively new to the market they have a huge selection and they are always adding new items to their categories.
  2. Survival Frog
    • In contrast, they have been in the survival industry for a long time and have one of the largest survival gear inventory you will find online.

The Best Personal Emergency Relocation Kit (PERK) 

Viktos 25L Survival Backpack Multicam

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Viktos-25L-Backpack-Multicam-survival-backpack-break-down

This is the most rugged, tactical EDC bug-out backpack by Viktos. 

Additionally, it has been designed for numerous applications from school to work and off-grid ops.

Of course, if you look closely, you will find that this backpack is made of premium materials, has impeccable craftsmanship, and a purposeful design.

Available in different colors and with the DWR coating, this backpack can go to hell and back. 

What makes this backpack so special is the reinforced aluminum sheet, which is only found in high-end mountaineering backpacks.  

Features 

  • 25-liter volume 
  • H 18″ x W 12″ x D 8″  
  • 1000d Kodra Nylon Weather-resistant chassis with DWR coating (Nightfall) 
  • 500d Nylon Weather-resistant chassis with DWR Coating (Camouflage Pattern: MultiCam®) 
  • Aluminum reinforcement with an internal frame sheet  
  • Rifle magazine storage 
  • Removable universal CCW holster  
  • YKK® Zippers that offer silent pulls 
  • Can fit up to 3L of water bladder with hose and clip routing (not included) 
  • Milspec Duraflex® X-lite hardware, which offers a secure lock 
  • Padded laptop compartment 
  • Laser-cut Molle on the exterior, which allows you to attach additional accessories 
  • Admin organization pockets that can be used to store stationery  
  • Designed and developed specifically for US veterans  
  • Quick-access padded key and sunglass compartment 
  • Additionally it has a Pocket for an expandable water bottle 
  • Loop Velcro® panel on the exterior for moral enhancers 
  • A removable sternum strap helps keep the bag stabilized 
  • Mesh padded shoulder straps that offer comfort when you are carrying a heavy load  
  • A removable waist strap allows you to distribute weight 
  • *Compatible with armor’s level IIIA insert. 

Pros

  • Made from industrial-grade nylon, which makes the backpack extremely strong and weatherproof
  • The internal aluminum bar support reinforces the bag’s structure and keeps it upright
  • Has a pistol holster, which you can remove and attach to your person
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Despite being a tactical backpack, it only has a 1-year warranty
  • Most pockets have zippers, which makes access a little difficult in sticky situations

BattlBox Spartan/32 2-Day Survival Backpack  

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Spartan Survival Backpack

The BattlBox Spartan bug-out backpack has extensive MOLLE webbing, coupled with that it has one of its most striking features.

There’s a lot of room for customization and the shock cord at the bottom is a welcome addition, which you can use to strap large and heavy gear such as blankets, jackets and rain gear.

This gives you more room to store all the items that we mentioned in the checklists. We can’t even begin to explain the mesh galore you have on the inside and outside of this backpack.

They offer excellent comfort and airflow.  

Features 

  • 32L pack includes the main compartment as well as the sides 
  • Mesh padded shoulder straps that offer comfort when you are carrying a heavy load  
  • Additionally has an admin compartment on the flap 
  • Zipper down the middle that opens up the bag wide 
  • Mesh pockets on both sides of the interior 
  • Key loops 
  • Hydration pocket with the hose loop at the top 
  • Laser-cut Molle on the interior and exterior that allows you to attach additional accessories 
  • Admin organization pockets that can be used to store stationery  
  • Extremely breathable mesh surface 
  • Interior hooks for securing objects 
  • Additional room for attaching tactical accessories for gun holster and magazines 
  • Curved frame with a mesh shock absorber 
  • Thick padding on the lower back with Loop Velcro® panel 
  • Compression straps on both sides 

Pros

  • The mesh shock absorber layer keeps your back away from the backpack and prevents your t-shirt from sticking to the material due to sweat
  • Extremely comfortable due to the back mesh layer and lower back padding
  • Straps at the bottom that allow you to secure your rolled-up tent
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Too many zipper pockets and not enough slide pockets
  • Needs additional gear for storing tactical accessories
  • While the backpack is affordable, adding more accessories to it can make your tab run high

Herschel Supply Co. Barlow Survival Backpack

Herschel-Supply-Co.-Barlow-Survival-Backpack

The top three features of the Herschel Supply Co. Barlow Backpack that make it well-equipped for every type of use are contoured shoulder straps, the mesh laptop sleeve, and dual external mesh pockets. 

Now for the surprise that makes this 72-hour kit stand out from other backpacks is the custom rain cover.

Whether you are hiking or planning to dive underwater to get to the other side of the creek, this backpack will have your back! 

Features 

  • 300D poly (Woodland Camo print) 
  • 210D Nailhead Dobby nylon  
  • Water-resistant coating with up to 1,500 mm water 
  • Laptop sleeve of 15″ with key clip 
  • Reinforced base 
  • Multi-loop, internal webbing utility strap
  • Drawcord closure and clip fastened storm 
  • Adjustable main compartment has clip fasteners with webbing cinch straps 
  • Dual micro-mesh external water bottle pockets 
  • Ripstop rain cover that offers zippered storage sleeve 
  • Adjustable contoured shoulder straps that offer sternum support
  • Reflective rubber Trail ID label and embroidered dimensions  

Pros

  • Has a “Zero Rain Delay” cover, which you can use to cover the bag during harsh weather
  • Has a durable weather-resistant coating
  • Affordable

Cons

  • The pull string of the main pocket often gets stuck
  • Good for minimal use. Is not exactly a tactical bag for taking on hikes and other adventures
  • Not enough pockets
  • No MOLLE webbing

Arcꞌteryx LEAF Assault Survival Backpack

Arcꞌteryx LEAF Assault Survival Backpack

Arcꞌteryx is the top choice of military personnel when it comes to personal emergency relocation kit (PERK).

It offers you tactical advantage and comfort at their highest.

If you are an outdoorsy person then you will love the LEAF Assault Pack.  

The true magic happens when you open the bug-out backpack because from the inside, it’s completely customizable. 

The inside is fully padded and has a single compartment but the loops give you extra room to attach accessories.  

The C2 composite suspension arrangement helps conserve energy so you will survive out there in the wilderness for a long time.  

Features 

Construction 
  • Matching removable aluminum stays that offer durable support 
  • The front panel can be fully separated and offers increased accessibility 
  • HT 500D Cordura nylon material 
  • Side and top side grab handles 
  • Supportive frame sheet 
  • Padded from all sides 
Pack Pocket Configuration  
  • Two zippered storage pockets on the exterior with hydration ports 
  • Main compartment pocket 
  • The large volume pocket at the top comes with a key clip and a cover for zipper 
Pack Hydration  
  • Hydration openings on both side pockets 
  • Hydration bladder clip 
Pack Suspension Configuration  
  • Thermoformed hip pods 
  • Anatomically shaped straps for the shoulders that offer immense support and comfort 
  • Quick-release strap buckles on the shoulders 
  • Removable, adjustable sternum strap 
  • The rigid composite back panel 
  • Arcꞌteryx C² suspension system 
  • 2 removable aluminum stays that can be customized 
  • Extra-wide webbing belt at the hip, which is removable 
Pack Loading & Closure Configuration  
  • The bug-out kit opens completely flat 
  • Fully opening main compartment front panel  
  • Corded zipper pulls 
Pack Compression Strap Configuration  
  • Stowable, modular, bungee compression system 
  • 4 compression straps – 2 on each side 

Pros

  • None Camo colors covert enough that it blends easily into the environment
  • You can pair it with LBX tactical loop and hook pouches to carry extra load
  • Fully customizable
  • Very durable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • The side pockets don’t have a tab on the inside to hang the water bladder
  • A 3L bladder fits in fine but when it gets full, it slides to the bottom and pulls the hose with it

Conclusion 

And so we come to an end. Is the G.I. Joe inside you excited to grab your go-bag and hit the road?

Then pick your survival backpack wisely.

Have a look at the features and then decide on the one you think will be the best companion on your survival journey. 

If it’s a top-secret mission that you can’t share with us then we recommend that you go with the Viktos 25L Backpack Multicam and if it’s a camping trip then the BattlBox Spartan/32 2-Day Pack will do fine. 

Survive On !

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