Tuesday, August 06, 2019 by Zoey Sky
The items in your bug-out bag (BOB) will help you survive for at least 72 hours after a survival scenario. But have you ever considered that the backpack itself needs to be carefully chosen so you can keep a low profile when SHTF? (h/t to OffGridSurvival.com)
The main benefit of using a discreet BOB is that it allows you to travel in public without calling attention to the gear and supplies in your possession. When disaster strikes, the last thing you need is a tactical backpack that screams “I’m a prepper” while you’re in the presence of desperate people.
This doesn’t mean that tactical bags aren’t useful. If you’re heading to the gun range for a bit of practice, tactical bags are the way to go.
But when SHTF, it’s better to use a simple-looking backpack so you don’t stick out in a crowd. Here are some things to consider when buying a survival backpack:
Here are four discreet BOBs that are worth considering if you need a survival backpack.
Most students often use JanSport bags, and carrying one for your BOB ensures that you won’t stand out in most settings. JanSport makes sturdy bags that are designed for carrying heavy textbooks and laptops. You don’t have to worry about this bag falling apart after you pack your survival gear and supplies.
The bag is available in different colors and patterns. To blend in, choose a bag with dull, solid colors.
The Swissdigital backpack is another good option because it is spacious, with many storage compartments inside.
The bag has RFID pocket protection that prevents RFID scanners from reading and stealing your personal information. Additionally, the bag unfolds from 90 to 180 degrees so you can immediately find your gear.
The Rothco backpack is a discreet bag that doesn’t scream “tactical” because most of the features of a tactical-style bag are found inside this backpack. This bag won’t look out of place in business environments because it also looks similar to a regular laptop bag.
The Rothco EDC Transport Pack has MOLLE inside the bag. The laser-cut, 15? X 5? MOLLE panel can be used to strap knife sheaths and other MOLLE pouches or attachments. You can fully unzip and lay the panel down flat to easily access all your gear.
If you want to discreetly carry a firearm, buy the UTG Alpha Battle Carrier Sling. This affordable rifle bag is plain-looking and well-made.
The case is comfortable to wear and it can carry two long guns and at a handgun. The UTG bag is roomy enough for extra ammo and magazines.
The bag has four quick-pull handles for rapid weapon access. You can fit most AR15-style rifles in the UTG carrier sling. Finally, the bag is designed for ambidextrous use.
Use these products to customize your bag for survival situations.
Use a 5.11 insert to turn a regular backpack into a BOB that can store your MOLLE-style gear and attachments. Alternatively, you can put the insert inside a laptop bag.
The insert is fully compatible with MOLLE, with both horizontal and vertical web loops.
These MOLLE backpack pouches are affordable and you can use them to discreetly organize your gear. The FUNANASUN pouches are also larger than most pouches so you can carry more items in your BOB.
When preparing your BOB, choose a simple, sturdy backpack that you can customize using MOLLE inserts and pouches.