How to choose a survival bag?

Whether for survival, bushcraft, evacuation or hiking, the choice of backpack is paramount. It's the one that will carry everything you need to cope with any situation. It will be your travel companion, so it is best to follow these few tips before you buy the right one.

Small bag or large bag? It's difficult to give an estimate on the volume you should choose for your backpack. It all depends on your use. Indeed, a hiker will not have the same volume criteria as a survivalist preparing his evacuation backpack.

So, think about what you want to do with it. But keep in mind that you are in a perspective of survival and autonomy, even if it is temporary. It is judged that for a complete autonomy of several days (three days being an average), a 50-litre bag is a good compromise.

For longer trips, opt for larger bags. Little tip: before buying, take everything you want to put in your bag, and use garbage bags of different capacities to get an idea.

A survival backpack must have specific characteristics. Exposed to the elements, to moisture, it will be put to the test. In addition, you risk carrying it for a long time on your back. Choosing a bag that is adjustable and whose load you can distribute is essential.

Therefore, your selection should be made on a resistant, waterproof and comfortable bag. Choose a (ultra)light backpack, as you will have to fill it with a lot of equipment. Against rain and humidity, choose a waterproof but breathable fabric. In case of heavy rain or contact with water, you can always cover your survival backpack with a waterproof cover or a garbage bag.

The shoulder straps should be ergonomic and adjustable. Opt for a survival backpack with chest and waist straps. They will support most of the weight of your pack. Keep in mind that the weight of your tactical backpack should not be on your shoulders. That's why the chest straps are essential: they allow the weight of the pack to be distributed over the hips, which is more pleasant and comfortable.

Side pockets are highly recommended. Not only will they redistribute the weight, saving you from back pain and fatigue, but you will also be able to store the items you will need often (lamps, knives, filter straw) within easy reach.

With this organization, you won't have to turn the bag over every time you're looking for something. In general, choose bags with lots of storage space and compartments. There are models equipped with a water pouch, which is very useful for good hydration. But don't forget to take a water bottle.

As for the central compartment, it should be big enough to store your food, sleeping bag, rain poncho, jacket, etc. Some bags come with shoulder straps (or straps) that tighten the main compartment. This helps to balance the weight.

On the look side, choose a neutral backpack, or black, or a military backpack, or even camouflage. In a situation where normality is broken, discretion (unless you are looking for help, in which case your yellow vest and distress flares are recommended), is essential, because many people will look for resources, and not all of them are full of good intentions.

On our shop, we offer you some survival backpacks, military and travel backpacks that meet the criteria we have seen. Of different capacities and colors, they are waterproof, have many pockets and straps and can meet various needs (hiking bag, travel bag, survival bag, BOB). One of the best choices is Hero Backpack BuiltForAthletes™.

Note: The chest strap is not always adapted to all morphologies, including those of women. They can compress the chest. Thus, backpacks for women are to be preferred, in order to make a trek or an outing in the greatest comfort.

Now that you've made your choice, you need to pack your survivalist backpack. And then the choice of equipment will depend on the job. Will it be a backpack for bushcraft, hiking? For complete autonomy? A BOB? According to this criterion, you will be able to put the useful equipment in it and eliminate the superfluous.

Thus, you will be able to integrate your EDC (survival kit) for evacuations, your first aid kit, your water bottle, a paracord, a survival knife, fire equipment (indispensable in all cases), a compass, gloves, shelter equipment...  Take a look on our survival kit proposal. Remember to put garbage bags and a change of clothes at the bottom. And take a look for our other blog posts to get an idea about useful gear necessary to survive in all conditions.