The Best Bug Out Bags to Get out of Dodge Fast

In these interesting times we are living through, it’s no wonder there has been a considerable uptick in interest in bug out bags. Having a fully loaded backpack or sack on the ready means that if stuff hit the fan, you could grab and go in a matter of moments.

For many folks, a well-designed bag that deserves to be considered amongst the best bug out bags serves more as a sense of security than a sign of flighty character. Generally, the people interested in having the essentials packed are doing so because they want to know that they and their families will be ok in the event of an emergency. Most tactical bug out bag aficionados are the sort of people prepared for anything, the ultimate preppers. And if you spend some time chatting with them, you begin thinking about what kinds of things you should have in your Bug Out Bag!

Of course, as you start digging into what sort of bag you should get, you realize there is quite a lot out there, and you have to make some important upfront decisions.

The first choice you have to make is whether this will be a designated Bug Out Bag (packed and waiting in the closet) or a multi-purpose pack that you could fill at a moment’s notice and be out the door. Most of the other decisions tend to follow from there.

The Designated Bug Out Bag

With this option, you need to think about a few factors. First, how many people are going to be supported by its contents. If you have a family of five, it’s got to be a lot bigger than if it’s just a couple. The next thing to consider is your escape plan. If you intend to disappear into the backcountry, you’re going to need very different gear than if you expect to motel your way across the country to another State. A pack that needs to hold up in the trunk of your car versus traversing the wilderness will mean very different bag selections. And finally, how long it’s going to take to get where you’re going. The number of days you have to live out of a bag significantly affects how big that bag needs to be. Of course, sometimes, emergencies happen, and you just have to get out. However, having a plan for where you’ll go ahead of time can help you get yourself ready, even if you have to adapt it to a given reality. 

The Multi-Purpose Bug out Bag

With this option, you can still have designated gear waiting in one place for the possible eventuality that you need to pack it up quickly and hit the road. However, it does allow you to think more creatively about the pack you choose to buy. If you’re an avid hiker, there’s no reason that a high-quality lightweight trail-rated backpack can’t do the job. If you intend to use it quite frequently on the trails, you’ll be very familiar with how it packs and how comfortable it will be in an emergency. On the other hand, many avid hunters want something that’s been well tested in the field. For those folks into tactical adventures, the right choice is going to be a backpack that can handle the riggers of an active deployment and often something that can double as a range bag. 

The great news is that there are so many fantastic options available. The trouble is, you could end up with a closet full of backpacks before you land on just the right one. With that in mind, we’re going to go through a wide range of our favorites and hopefully help you narrow it down.

1. Propper Unisex Bail Out Bag

Propper Unisex Bail Out Bag

Well made gear from a proper military-grade supplier, the Propper Bail Out Bag will hold everything you need for a quick get out of Dodge. If you’re into tactical sports, this kit has well-proportioned pockets with quality velcro closures to secure magazines, pistols, and any scopes or tactical accessories. Of course, this bag is probably best suited for a single person with not too much distance to cover. The capacity is a little on the small side, and the over-the-shoulder style format doesn’t tend to be great for long distances.

Key Features

  • Molle compatible webbing for customization
  • Padded and adjustable shoulder strap
  • Drain holes throughout


  • Materials: Polyester 
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs
  • Capacity: 9.5-liters

2. Paratus 3-Day Operator’s Backpack

Paratus 3-Day Operator's Backpack

The folks at Paratus make an outstanding pack. And while this is a great Bug Out Bag, we suspect you may find you want to use it as your daily gear carrying bag. It might actually be worth getting two, one to stow in case you need to make a quick exit or survive the apocalypse, the other to use as a regular range/hiking bag. Made from rugged 600D PVC backed polyester, the bag is durable and water-resistant. The large padded shoulder straps, sternum strap, and padded waist belt make the backpack comfortable to carry for long stretches, even when fully loaded. It comes with two Ally MOLLE pouches and the Rapid Deployment Pack, two detachable smaller bags that give you limitless customization and allow you to organize your pack in the best way you see fit. This Paratus is 40 liters in size, comes with a padded laptop sleeve, and is hydration-pouch ready.

Key Features

  • Padded shoulder straps
  • Water-repellent fabric
  • 2 MOLLE accessory patches
  • Multiple adjustment points
  • Available in four colours: black, coyote tan, foliage grey, olive drab
  • More pockets than you can throw a stick at
  • Modular design
  • Padded laptop sleeve holds up to 15″ laptops
  • EVA molded back panel


  • Materials: 600D PVC backed polyester
  • Weight: 4.45 lbs
  • Capacity: 40-liters
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 12″ x 8.5″

3. Helikon Tex

Helikon Tex

Designed by survivalists, with a focus on keeping the essentials close at hand. The Tex attaches easily to the back of a car seat, where it can hang open without spilling its contents all over the floor, and yet giving you fast access to everything you need. The low-profile, external style means it fits snugly to your body, perfect for traipsing through thick bush and generally staying unnoticed. Of course, it comes well-appointed with lots of internal molle options for setting it up. However, we love the detachable front pocket that transforms into a shoulder bag in the event of a paired down excursion.

Key Features

  • Available in five colour combinations
  • Car seat attachable
  • MOLLE/PALS panel for pouch attachment
  • Hydration system pocket


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 4.6 lbs
  • Capacity: 25-liters
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 1.5″ x 7.5″

4. SOG Responder Bag, 11.5-Liter Storage

SOG Responder Bag, 11.5-Liter Storage

This over-the-shoulder tactical pack is designed for military and first responders, so it packs up tightly with everything you could possibly need in a hurry. Brought to you by the same folks that make the high-quality SOG knives, so you know this pack holds up. You can securely stow up to six AR magazines if you’re wandering into the woods or hitting the range after work. The polyester construction is solid, but the quick-release shoulder strap means you can get yourself free at a moment’s notice.

Key Features

  • Comfortable shoulder carry design
  • Large padded main compartment
  • MOLLE channels inside for better organization
  • Belt attachment point
  • Adjustable and removable shoulder pad that connects to the bag with quick-release buckles
  • Dual bottom drainage holes
  • Padded mesh back for added comfort and cooling


  • Materials: Polyester 
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 11.5-liters
  • Dimensions: 8.1″ x 11.3″ x 4.4″

5. Plan-C Daypack by Hazard 4(R)

Plan-C Daypack by Hazard 4(R)

If you prefer your bug out bag to fit securely over both shoulders and yet still slide easily into tight spaces for storage, the Plan C is a fantastic tactical backpack choice. The build quality is first-rate, using Cordura, one of the world’s softest yet strongest nylon brands, and Roto-locking buckles to ensure nothing comes disengaged inadvertently. The bag screams molle expansion in pretty much every compartment. And while there’s a thermoformed, semi-hard case on the front, this pack is also HardPoint compatible if you want to add even more protection for your contents.

Key Features

  • MOLLE expansion options on front and sides
  • Water-resistant coated exterior
  • Roto-locking buckle that won’t come undone accidentally
  • Double grommets for HardPoint accessories
  • Compression straps
  • Full hydration bladder compatible
  • Fits up to a 10″ tablet in back compartment


  • Materials: Invista(R) 1000D Cordura(R) (500D Camo models); PU x2 water repellent coating
  • Weight: 2.2 lbs
  • Capacity: 18-liters
  • Dimensions: 20.1″ x 7.9″ x 6.9″

6. Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger (Khaki-Foliage)

Maxpedition Kodiak Gearslinger (Khaki-Foliage)

I love the Gearslinger because it does an excellent job of merging the shoulder bag with the backpack. The single strap design means you can toss it on quickly on your way out, and the backpack styling means you have room to stow everything you’re going to need. With a single crossbody strap, you can also slide the pack around to make everything accessible on the fly. And while this pack does come well-appointed with enough compartments for all your stuff, we particularly like that they finish it with a triple coat of polyurethane and a top layer of Dupont’s Teflon Fabric Protector to repel whatever elements you encounter.

Key Features

  • Concealed carry pocket
  • Anti-theft zipper capture system
  • Y-Compression strap
  • Additional retention strap
  • CCW compartment
  • Main compartment will fit a 15.4″ laptop
  • Integrated distress whistle
  • Side-cinch pouch for water bottle


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 1 lb
  • capacity: 18-liters
  • Dimensions: 13.5″ x 7.5″ x 20″

7. BLACKHAWK 3 Day Assualt Pack

BLACKHAWK 3 Day Assualt Pack

With the 3-Day Assualt Pack, Blackhawk has made a perfect little Bug Out Bag to have on the ready. There is not much in the way of frills, though. A large capacity pocket and a few ulterior compartments for bits and bobs, but that’s about it. However, the pack is designed to be easy on your back for several days if need be. The padding is well placed, and the removable sternum and waist straps take the load off your shoulders. The 3-Day Assault is a sturdy pack for a great price. This is not only a great and affordable tactical bug out bag, but it’s also a good-looking one.

Key Features

  • Frameless backpack
  • Detachable sternum strap
  • Removable waist belt
  • Easy access to the main compartment
  • Quick front pocket access
  • Waterproof compartment accommodates 100 oz hydration reservoir
  • Available in black or coyote tan colours


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 3/4 lb
  • Capacity: 37-liters
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 15″ x 15″

8. LA Police Gear Atlas 24 Hour Tactical Backpack

LA Police Gear Atlas 24 Hour Tactical Backpack

Don’t let this small-size, low-price, tactical bag fool you into thinking it’s not up for the job. The Atlas pack by LA Police Gear makes for a solid range bag, a reliable daypack, and the perfect locked and loaded bug out bag waiting to decamp in a hurry. Sure it does not have the space that some of the other offerings on here do, but what it doesn’t have in size, it makes up for durability. Made from 900D Polyester with PVC Coating, the Atlas is going to hold together. The Laser-cut MOLLE is functional and more subtle than standard MOLLE webbing, making this bag easy to pack. And, if you’re looking to expand it, the LAPG Shoulder Strap System integrates with the separate Tactical Chest Pack Attachment for expanded tactical operations.

Key Features

  • Hydration compatible 
  • Loop lined interior for attaching LAPG pouches
  • Fleece-lined sunglasses/accessory compartment


  • Materials: 900D Polyester with PVC Coating
  • Weight: 4.2 lbs
  • Capacity: 52-liters
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 16″ x 10″

9. TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

TETON Sports Scout 3400 Internal Frame Backpack

When you need to be prepared to last several days, you need more than a regular bug out bag. You need a propper pack. The Teton Sports Scout is designed for disappearing into the wilderness. Capable of handling whatever you throw at it, the Internal Frame construction of this pack is thoughtfully devised with your comfort in mind. The padded back panel is channeled for airflow, and the padded shoulder straps are adjustable for your size and load. In fact, the Scout is fully adjustable in the torso, waist, chest, and shoulders. No matter your size, you’ll get the perfect fit and be able to pack everything you could need.

Key Features

  • Great for light backpacking trips
  • External storage options with side pockets, compression straps, and gear loops
  • Bungee storage system
  • Sleeping bag compartment
  • Integrated rainfly
  • Available in four colour combinations


  • Materials: Polyester
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs
  • Capacity: 55-liters
  • Dimensions: 30″ x 17″ x 12″

10. 5.11 Tactical All Hazards Prime Assault Backpack

5.11 Tactical All Hazards Prime Assault Backpack

When they say the All Hazard Prime is meaner than your average bag, they aren’t kidding around. This badass bag was designed with input from MACTAC instructors, who know precisely what you need, be it for a range bag or a get out of dodge pack. The bag’s main compartment can hold two ammo mules or a range of other gear, while the front panel unzips 180 degrees for full access to a MOLLE – and SlickStick-compatible medical compartment. The bag features an internal laptop sleeve (up to a 15-inch laptop), dedicated hydration or armor chamber, and an all-purpose shove-it pocket for quick storage of a helmet or jacket.

Key Features

  • Tear-out medical pouches
  • Padded laptop sleeve
  • The front panel unzips 180 degrees
  • A three-surface exterior web platform for expandable storage
  • Side-mounted retention lanyards
  • Grab-and-go handles
  • Fits up to a 15″ laptop


  • Materials: Durable 1050D nylon material
  • Weight: 4.21 lbs
  • Capacity: 29-liters
  • Dimensions: 7.48″ x 11.42″ x 20.47″

11. Direct Action Ghost Tactical Backpack

Direct Action Ghost Tactical Backpack

The Ghost MK II is a brilliant multi-day, scalable, well designed 3-day tactical pack. It features a main compartment with two zippered sections, the first being larger and kitted out with an internal hydration sleeve and a mesh pocket for accessories. The second, accessible from the pack’s backside, is reinforced and will hold a large laptop computer. With its low profile look and feel, it’s a great everyday bag. And, if you’re looking for a heavy-duty backpack that can handle a laptop, tablet, hydration bladder, tactical gear, and more, this pack is excellent. It’s also a solid base to build your bug out bag.

Key Features

  • Available in nine different colour combinations, including various camouflage pattern options
  • Side pockets with elastic expansion
  • 3-day backpack designed for military and law enforcement operators
  • Velcro ID panel on the front
  • Padded computer sleeve with separate access
  • Hydration bladder compatible
  • 3.5-liter detachable organizer
  • YKK zippers


  • Materials: 100% Cordura 500D
  • Weight: 5.07 lbs
  • Capacity: 30-liters
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 15″ x 6″

12. Eberlestock Switchblade Pack

Eberlestock Switchblade Pack

This bag is the closest you’ll get to a quick-draw backpack. Eberlestock Switchblade is designed to make your firearm easy to get to in a hurry. The Rare-earth magnetic openings allow quick access to your handgun via concealed carry pouches from either side of the pack. The Loop-Velcro PALS webbing inside will enable you to rack either MOLLE or Velcro-backed accessories. A great Everyday Carry pack, it quickly transforms into an extremely versatile hunting pack by merely adding a hip belt. If you need to carry an extra heavy load, remove the harness and attach it to the Carrier Frame using the ACHK or ACHQ Hookup Kit (sold separately).

Key Features

  • Available in ten different colours
  • Concealed carry pouches
  • Interior pockets for a hydration bladder
  • Detachable harness
  • MOLLE-10 webbing


  • Materials: Nylex
  • Weight: 3.39 lbs
  • Capacity: 24.5-liters

13. Maxpedition Entity 35 CCW-Enabled Internal Frame Backpack

Maxpedition Entity 35 CCW-Enabled Internal Frame Backpack

Designed around what they call the Non-Tactical/Tactical (NTT) concept, the new Entity line focuses on discreet concealed carry for covert operators and prepared citizens who want to go unnoticed. A sleek, modern exterior devoid of characteristics typically associated with the ‘tactical look’ conceals an interior optimized for organization and situational readiness. The Entity 35 is a CCW-enabled backpack with an internal frame and a padded waist belt to provide additional back and lumbar support. Lifter straps give the wearer the ability to fine-tune the shoulder strap ergonomics for a perfect fit. Zippered pockets on the waist belt located within hands’ reach provide immediate access to personal effects. As the largest backpack in the Entity series, the 35 makes for a perfect low-profile bug out bag.

Key Features

  • Available in two colours, ash, and charcoal
  • Dual side ports for headphones or charging cables
  • Easy access side pocket
  • Semi-rigid flexible internal frame
  • Adjustable shoulder pads
  • Lockable main compartment with padded sleeve for up to a 17″ laptop
  • Exterior magnetic wings for quick closing of main compartment
  • Removable waist belt
  • Clamshell opening
  • Travel sleeve
  • CCW compartment


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 5.05 lbs
  • Capacity: 35-liters

14. Maxpedition TIBURON Backpack

Maxpedition TIBURON Backpack

Maxpedition has been making some really great rucks these days. They range from undercover-operator to full-on overt tactical packs and everywhere in between. The TIBURON Backpack is a well-made ergonomic pack with quick release yoke-style straps. It’s got a top zippered slip pocket with a loop field for patch adhesion, a front admin pocket for added organization, two zippered side pockets, a middle tech compartment, and a fully opening and lockable central compartment. The central tech compartment has a padded pocket sized to fit a 13″ laptop and most tablets. The main section has a hydration reservoir, and there are dual hydration tube ports. While this guy may not be a full-on month in the jungle sort of rucksack, it’s perfect for your EDC bag or a handily stashed bug out bag for when stuff hits the fan.

Key Features

  • Top-zippered slip pocket
  • Two zippered side pockets
  • Middle tech compartment
  • Removable waist belt
  • Hydration reservoir sleeve
  • Lockable main compartment
  • Hidden bottom pocket
  • Adjustable sternum strap


  • Materials: 1000 Denier Ballistic Nylon
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs
  • Capacity: 25-liters
  • Dimensions: 17″ x 12″ x 20″

15. 5.11 Tactical Amp72 Backpack

5.11 Tactical Amp72 Backpack

Let’s be honest, most overnight operations seem to have a way of stretching out an extra couple of days. With the roomy AMP72 backpack, you’ll be ready to expand to the mission parameters. The 5.11’s innovative HEXGRID load-bearing system gives you brand-new options for mounting or attaching gear. This bad boy also features a side opening compartment that holds up to a 24-inch rifle with a MOLLE-based platform, muzzle sleeve, and a removable retention strap. The thermoformed ergonomic back panel keeps you comfortable, and the aluminum back panel frame protects your back against heavy lifts.

Key Features

  • MOLLE-based platform
  • Muzzle sleeve
  • Removable retention strap
  • Thermoformed ergonomic back panel keeps you comfortable
  • Available in four colours


  • Materials: WOVEN 100% NYLON BACKPACK
  • Weight: 3.7 lbs
  • Capacity: 40-liters

16. Maxpedition Gyrfalcon Backpack

Maxpedition Gyrfalcon Backpack

Back with another Maxpedition pack, because well, they make a quality product. Durable, comfortable, and high-capacity are all must-have in a good hunting pack. With the Maxpedition Gyrfalcon Backpack, you get all of that. These rucks are crafted from 11050-Denier water and abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon fabric to ensure they’ll hold up in rough conditions, rain or shine. The foam-padded double shoulder straps on this Hunting Pack contour to your chest while a sternum suspension belt distributes weight evenly throughout your body. It makes it easy to carry a full load without losing much mobility on your outdoor adventure.

There are almost too many pockets to count, so you’ll never run out of places to store your favorite gear, hydration bladders, and weapons. The fine folks at Maxpedition have also added PALS attachments throughout to expand this bag’s carrying capacity. The waist pack is removable, and this guy has a fully modular exterior to allow for scalability that adjusts to your needs. Whether it’s a bug out bag, hunting pack, or jungle expedition, the Gyrfalcon will get it done.

Key Features

  • Removable, adjustable internal frame
  • Wide load-bearing waist belt
  • UTX-Duraflex nylon buckles for low-sound, quiet closures
  • YKK zippers with Paracord zipper pulls
  • Internal seams taped
  • Water-resistant
  • Removable waist pack
  • PALS attachment


  • Materials: ballistic nylon
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Capacity: 36-liters
  • Dimensions: 10.5″ x 9.75″ x 21.5″

17. 5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Military Backpack

5.11 Tactical RUSH72 Military Backpack

If you’re looking for a military-style tactical backpack, this is probably what you’ve been picturing in your mind. Adaptable and sturdy, the RUSH72 is a brilliant pack. Engineered to be a full-featured 72-hour bag, it provides ample space for gear and accessories while remaining rugged and reliable enough for extended excursions or tactical deployments. Compatible with 5.11 Tier System and the Rush Tier Rifle Sleeve, the pack features unmatched storage capability, a wrap-around MOLLE and SlickStick-compatible web platform, adjustable shoulder and sternum straps, a 60-oz. hydration pocket, and durable, water-resistant construction.

Key Features

  • Hydration packet
  • Water-repellent fabric
  • Fleece-lined sunglasses pocket
  • Dual-zippered front
  • Integrated drainage system
  • Multiple integrated organization pockets
  • Internal hydration compartment
  • YKK zippers
  • Loop panels for nametape, flag, and morale patches
  • 30 internal and external compartments
  • Compatible with MOLLE and web pouches
  • Available in seven colour options


  • Materials: 1050D nylon (MultiCam: 1000D nylon)
  • Weight: 5.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 55-liters

18. Osprey Farpoint Trek 55 Pack

Osprey Farpoint Trek 55 Pack

The folks at Osprey make a beautiful pack that will hold up wherever you’re trekking. A favorite of globetrotters and those who choose to have no fixed address, the Trek 55 is perfect for sticking your life on your back and taking off for a while. The tensioned back panel can be easily adjusted to fit a wide range of torso lengths to allow for a perfect fit while also providing ample ventilation. The large front panel access and the zippered lower compartment opening with a removable divider make it super easy to pack. And the multifunction sleeve carries a hydration reservoir or laptop in a padded case depending on the sort of adventure you’re on. Of course, this traveler also comes with Osprey’s patented AirCover, which protects your bag if you decide to check it before getting on a plane and doubles as a rain cover.

Key Features

  • Internal compression straps
  • Vertical front panel pocket
  • Stretch-woven side pockets
  • Zippered hip-belt pockets
  • Upperside front panel compression straps
  • Large front panel access
  • AirCover integrated that doubles as a rain cover


  • Materials: 420-denier nylon x 500-denier nylon
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs
  • Capacity: 55-liters
  • Dimensions: 28″ x 15″ x 12″

19. Tactical Tailor Three Day Plus Assault Pack

Tactical Tailor Three Day Plus Assault Pack

The Three Day Assault Pack Plus is ideal when you may need more supplies than a regular Three Day Pack but don’t want to be stuck carrying a full-out rucksack. So what does the Plus actually give you over and above the standard Three Day Assault Pack? Well, the external webbing has been replaced by four additional zippered compartments, and to help balance the extra weight, a more robust padded waist belt has been included. They’ve also added a pair of bottom compression straps for a sleeping pad or other larger items. Not to mention, they’re added a carry handle, thick padded shoulder straps with sternum strap, and an internal hydration sleeve with ports for a drinking tube. I’m thinking for any three-day assault I’m setting off on, I’m going to want to make sure I packed the Plus.

Key Features

  • External webbing
  • Robust padded waist belt
  • 2 compression straps
  • Carry handle
  • Thick padded shoulder straps
  • Sternum strap
  • Internal hydration sleeve


  • Materials: nylon
  • Weight: 4.8 lbs
  • Capacity: 46.5-liters

20. Gregory Baltoro 65 Pack

Gregory Baltoro 65 Pack

If you’re going to be walking for days, this is probably the best pack you can get for your body. The newest model includes the recently designed rotating load transfer panels on the hipbelt that automatically register your hip angle and articulate with your body’s movements. Imagine a pack that makes itself easier to carry as you walk. There are likely thousands of ex-servicemen who wish Uncle Sam had gotten round to designing something like this for their long marches. Of course, the specially designed back panel is also pretty great. It delivers excellent airflow and moisture management while keeping the pack very close to your back for even more energy savings while you’re carrying heavier loads. Now, none of this means anything if it’s a pain to pack, which of course, it’s not. Well-appointed with compartments and zippers, this bag is easy to load and keeps things in place to make for a simple camp setup when you stop.

Key Features

  • Available in three colours, including orange, black, and blue
  • Available in three sizes – Small = 63 liter capacity, Medium = 65 liter capacity, Large: 68 liter capacity
  • Zippered bottom sleeping bag compartment
  • 2 front zippered organization pockets
  • Sunglasses pocket on shoulder strap
  • Water-resistant hip belt pocket
  • Removable hydration sleeve
  • Custom-fitted rain cover stows in a zippered pocket
  • U-shaped zip main opening


  • Materials: 210-denier Honeycomb CryptoRip HD/210-denier high-tenacity nylon
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Capacity: 65-liters
  • Dimensions: 30″ x 13″ x 13″

21. Mystery Ranch Stein 65L Backpack

Mystery Ranch Stein 65L Backpack

The Mystery Ranch Stein 65 is perfectly designed for the backpacker who appreciates the durability of a more traditional pack but still wants something lightweight and streamlined for those long-haul treks. This bag really is the ideal backpack if you need it to do a little bit of everything. Mystery Ranch recently updated the Stein with a Futura Yoke that adjusts the back panel vertically for a more precise fit, meaning it’s so much more comfortable on those weeklong treks. Built on a similar chassis as Mystery Ranch’s time-tested Glacier backpack, this one weighs in about a pound less and has about 500 cubic inches less capacity.

To keep the pack’s weight down, so you can pack more food for longer trips, they used carbon fiber stays instead of the industry-standard aluminum. They also employed lighter fabrics and foams to create a bag that isn’t just rugged but also lightweight and comfortable to carry whether you’re wandering well-cut trails in a National Park or crossing rough terrain in a remote Forest Service wilderness area.

Key Features

  • Mountain frame suspension system
  • Carbon fiber aluminum stays
  • Top-loading design with side-zippers for quick access
  • The lid of this backpack can convert into a daypack and is hydration compatible
  • Quick-access sleeping bag compartment
  • Perfect for backpackers going for a 1-week long trip


  • Materials: 210D, 330D Robic
  • Weight: 4.14 lbs
  • Capacity: 65-liters
  • Dimensions: 33″ x 13″ x 13″

22. Osprey Aether AG 60 Pack

Osprey Aether AG 60 Pack

Guys, let’s be honest, if you’re planning to take off into parts unknown at a moment’s notice, you’re never going to be disappointed with an Osprey pack. They are easy to stuff full of everything you need, and it all makes sense when you’re trying to rummage through it to find what you need later. You will likely get laughed at if you turn up at the gun range with an Osprey full of pistols. On the other hand, you can be sure they won’t see that coming, so it could be the ultimate in concealed carry! However, if you need to carry some serious weight through the bush or across a range, there is not much out there that will feel as comfortable. All of the straps on this Osprey are fully customizable to your body, and their anti-gravity technology hugs the gear to your body, which makes it feel dramatically lighter.

Key Features

  • Anti-gravity harness with suspended mesh back
  • Top lid converts to daypack
  • J-zip access to the primary compartment
  • Dual upper side compression straps
  • Zippered sleeping bag compartment
  • Internal hydration sleeve


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 5.4 lbs
  • Capacity: 60-liters
  • Dimensions: 33″ x 15″ x 12″

23. Eberlestock HalfTrack Military Backpack

Eberlestock HalfTrack Military Backpack

The HalfTrack is the pack that every active service person wishes the government would issue them. It’s brilliantly designed to adjust to any body type, and it’s set up to customize completely to whatever gear you’re toting with seemingly endless MOLLE loops ready to go. A unique feature of the Eberlestock Military HalfTrack is the plastic mesh radio rack on the rear wall with ports for the antenna to pop out the top. Good Morning Viet Nam! The HalfTrack also has two large side pockets, capable of carrying two 3-liter hydration systems, and inboard sleeves on the other outer pockets are ideal for more compact equipment.

The D-ring equipped tunnel pockets are great for carrying skis, tripods, shooting sticks, and other long equipment. And if you want more storage, the addition of pouches is incredibly easy. Padlock webbing runs up and down both the interior and exterior of the Eberlestock Military HalfTrack Backpack, so it’s possible to attach as many Eberlestock pouches as you need. Even the weight belt has PALS webbing on it. You simply will not be disappointed with this bag. It does everything.

Key Features

  • Military-ready tactical backpack
  • Front-loading
  • Available in three colour options
  • Tunel pockets with D-rings for long equipment that needs to be attached
  • Load-bearing weight belt and harness system
  • Fold-out rain cover


  • Materials: 1000 denier nylon
  • Weight: 6.12 lbs
  • Capacity: 35-liters
  • Dimensions: 24″ x 11″ x 7″

24. Arc’teryx LEAF Assault Pack 45

Arc'teryx LEAF Assault Pack 45

When I first discovered Arc’teryx, I really wanted to hate them. The name is a pain in the ass, and they are gosh-darn expensive bags. Of course, the longer you spend with one, the more it starts to win you over. In many ways, it’s akin to an Osprey bag, but it’s just a little bit more badass. With the LEAF, the folks at Arc’teryx have come up with a pretty great rucksack that will continually find ways to impress you. The name is terrible: LEAF. And I almost skipped reviving it just because of that. Although, as I mentioned, the names suck, the bags are pretty top rate. My favorite part is how the main compartment unzips. This thing spreads completely open from top to bottom and has several velcroed in pouches that make feel like your dad’s old workbench.

There is a spot for everything, and it’s all accessible. It’s like you could turn up at a campsite, hang the bag on a tree and open up your wardrobe. It’s a one-zip walk-in forest closet. It’s also got many more carrying straps than an Osprey, and it just feels a lot more rugged. It’s pricey, but I think you’ll get your money’s worth out of this guy.

Key Features

  • Top-side zip pocket with retention lanyard
  • Size zip pockets hold a 3L water bladder and a hydration port
  • Side grab handles
  • PPE compatible (can be worn with body armour and helmet)
  • Main compartment communications port
  • Dual-density shoulder straps
  • Removable hip belt


  • Materials: 500d HT Cordura Plain Weave
  • Weight: 4.3 lbs
  • Capacity: 45-liters

25. Aston House BackCountry Tactical Backpack

Aston House BackCountry Tactical Backpack

Made by the good folks at Hill People Gear, this pack is a great option for a Bug Out Bag! Now, let’s be clear up front. It’s the type of bag that you stuff full of ultra-light gear for a get-out-quick sort of excursion. It’s a great overnight bag and brilliant as a hikers pack through the mountains. However, unlike many of the other bags on this list, it’s not a tactical pack. I’m sure you could creatively stow a firearm in one of the many pockets, but it’s not designed to form or function for that (It will support pals pouches on the outside or inside, and it will connect velcro pouches on the inside.) Range bag, this is not. But it is a well-priced, high-quality hiking/hunting pack, with space enough to hold a carbine and all sorts of gear really well.

Key Features

  • Rear of the main compartment is fully lined with PALS cut velcro loop
  • Outsize front of the pack has a zippered slot pocket
  • Sizeable dual wand pockets


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 4.4 lbs
  • Capacity: 48-liters
  • Dimensions: 8″ x 11″ x 21″

26. GoRuck – GR3 – USA Tactical Backpack

GoRuck - GR3 - USA Tactical Backpack

The thing about bugging out is that it’s a last resort sort of situation. Things have gotten to a place where you need to pull the chute and get outta Dodge. Of course, that means you usually don’t know what form your escape will take until it’s go-time. So while many folks figure they will take to the backcountry or ride the rails to a new life (I may have read On The Road too many times), that may not be the case. Which is why we love the GR3. 

It’s perfectly capable of being a tactical outdoor bag, and you’ll be able to fill it with enough stuff to carry you through days in a boxcar. However, what if bugging out means hopping a flight to ol’ Mexico? The GR3 is sized to the largest carryon specs allowed by the airlines, meaning you can take off to your new life with everything you need in the overhead compartment. You can even tuck the shoulder straps and carry it like a suitcase, so as not to raise any suspicion. And should you be riding the rails, the MOLLE hooks and expandable compartments means that you can take on any number of sleeping bags or extra tools. 

Key Features

  • Includes an integrated removable hip belt
  • Padded handles and straps
  • 2 compression straps
  • YKK zippers
  • Bombproof laptop compartment fits 17″+ laptop
  • 4 rows of MOLLE on the front and 2 on the bottom
  • Velcro interior back panel


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 5.15 lbs
  • Capacity: 45-liters
  • Dimensions: 22″ x 14″ x 9″

27. Voodoo Tactical Men’s Mojo Load-Out Bag

Voodoo Tactical Men's Mojo Load-Out Bag

It’s challenging to find one bag that will be perfect no matter what situation you find yourself in. However, if you want to have an emergency bag with tons of stuff ready and waiting in the trunk of your car, this one is pretty bang-on. A huge main compartment, surrounded by eleven external pouches and a back wall of MOLLE hooks, this bag is a preppers dream. It’s also a damn fine range bag. If packed right, you can get two sets of battle dress uniforms, a pair of shoes, extra socks, base layers, jacket, ballistics vest, chest rig, shoulder pads, and knee pads. Even then, there is still room after that for 10+ AR Magazines, 10+ Pistol Magazines, additional ammunition, a bit of essential food, and medical gear. And, if you do it right, you can also fit a standard configuration M4 perfectly on an angle. Most likely, you’re going to use the Mojo Load-Out bag from the car to wherever you’re going with the handles. However, it does come with attachable backpack straps if you have to go a bit further afield.

Key Features

  • A vast amount of exterior pouches
  • PALS webbing
  • Double-zip access to the main compartment
  • Removable shoulder strap and adjustable padding
  • Compression straps
  • Metal D ring attachment points
  • Wrap-around carry handle


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 7.3 lbs
  • Dimensions: 39″ x 18″ x 15″

28. Velox II Quick Action Tactical Backpack

Velox II Quick Action Tactical Backpack

We’ve been really loving 3VGear. Lately, they’ve been putting out some pretty fantastic products, and Velox is no exception. The name is Latin for “swift” or “rapid,” and, true to form, this pack is built for people on the move. At 27-liters, it’s roomy and has lots of pockets and a great deal of organization. However, it’s lightweight and easy to maneuver in, even when it’s stuffed full. Even with it’s smaller size, it’s still ideal for multi-day trips as well as rucking or even as a day pack as you make your way through the city. The main compartment has a clamshell design that allows the backpack to open completely and lay flat, which means it’s easy to load gear and keep everything where you want it. A padded sleeve on the inside and a secondary external pocket could be used for a laptop, iPad, or if needed, a hydration reservoir.

Key Features

  • Lots of pockets
  • Clamshell design for the main compartment
  • Padded laptop sleeve on the inside
  • External pocket that can be used for an iPad or hydration reservoir
  • Fully MOLLE compatible
  • 600D Nylon fabric repels water
  • Adjustable waist belt and sternum straps
  • Patches included
  • Compression straps
  • Padded grab handle
  • Lifetime warranty


  • Materials: Rugged 600D fabric 
  • Weight: 4 lbs
  • Capacity: 27-liters
  • Dimensions: 18″ x 12″ x 8″

29. Military Tactical Backpack Large 3 Day Assault Pack

Military Tactical Backpack Large 3 Day Assault Pack

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It is possible to find a well-made tactical backpack for less than $100. Sure it may not have all the bells and whistles as the high-end version. Nor is it likely to come with a lifetime warranty or expandable velcro accessories. However, when you think of why you need the pack, you likely don’t need all those extras. The folks at Reebow have found a sweet spot when it comes to affordable tactical backpacks. Taking advantage of global supply chains, they have put together a super tough rucksack that will hold a considerable load comfortably. And, because anyone can add a MOLLE setup to their product, this three-day assault pack is expandable, just the way the high-priced variety are. Except, because you spent considerably less money, you can probably afford more gear to strap to it. Made tough with double-stitching, heavy-duty zippers, and utility-style cord pulls, this bag won’t let you down.

Key Features

  • MOLLE compatible with MOLLE webbing throughout
  • Double-stitched heavy duty zippers
  • Utility style cord pulls
  • Compression system
  • Ventilated mesh padded back area & shoulder strap
  • Hydration compatible


  • Materials: Polyester
  • Weight: 2.8 lbs
  • Capacity: 40-liters
  • Dimensions: 13″ x 20″ x 11″

30. Red Rock Outdoor Gear Large Assault Pack, Dark Earth

Red Rock Outdoor Gear Large Assault Pack, Dark Earth

Red Rock outdoor gear is another supplier taking advantage of global infrastructure to make high-quality gear at a good price. The Large Assualt pack is nothing revolutionary in its design, but it’s a solid workhorse of a bag that won’t disappoint at a great price. Four expanding compartments provide up to 35-liters of storage with built-in internal dividers and zippered pockets. Adjustable reinforced padded mesh shoulder straps, a movable waist strap, and a sternum strap evenly distribute the weight across your shoulders and waist for all-day comfort. A padded mesh back panel serves as a concealed pocket or provides storage for almost any hydration bladder, up to 2.5-liters. With compression straps on three sides, it’s easy to tighten your pack or reduce the volume if you aren’t fully loaded. The outside of this pack is clad in MOLLE webbing to allow for expansion and customization to make it the perfect base for a bug-out or EDC bag.

Key Features

  • Four expanding internal compartments
  • Internal dividers and zippers
  • Hydration bladder compatible up to 2.5 liters
  • Mesh padding contoured shoulder straps
  • Adjustable waist and sternum straps
  • MOLLE webbing


  • Materials: Polyester
  • Weight: 3.25 lbs 
  • Capacity: 35-liters
  • Dimenions: 14″ x 11″ x 20″

31. Sandpiper of California Long Range Bugout Backpack

Sandpiper of California Long Range Bugout Backpack

As the folks at Sandpiper of California say, adventure is everywhere. And, with the Long Range Bugout Backpack, you’re pretty much set for whatever that means. I have to say, I really love their gear. The Long Range model has the capacity to carry enough gear for several days. The main compartment is expandable to manage all of your hydration, communication, and organizational needs. At the same time, the padded lumbar area and mesh-lined back provide comfort and breathability during longer hikes. Multiple compression loops, tie-downs, and attachment points make it simple to add more equipment and accessories as needed. Of course, you can also mix in your MOLLE / PALS pouches to customize the pack to your specific needs.

Key Features

  • Available in two colours
  • MOLLE / PALS compatible
  • Hip and sternum straps are adjustable


  • Materials: 1000-Denier
  • Weight: 6.8 lbs
  • Capacity: 69-liters
  • Dimensions: 26″ x 15.5″ x 10.5″

32. Condor 3 Day Assault Pack

Condor 3 Day Assault Pack

This bag was designed with the idea that you should be able to live out of it for at least three-days, all-in. However, if you pack it right, there is no reason you shouldn’t be able to stretch that out to seven or eight days. Seven pockets mean that you can run a tight ship and keep everything precisely where it’s supposed to be, including your two 3-liter hydration packs. The main compartment includes multiple mesh pockets and gear straps to keep more sensitive gear tight to your back for safekeeping. The pack’s bottom is set up with additional webbing, meaning you can add even more equipment below. The chest straps and removable waistband allow you to distribute weight evenly and make for a much better hiking experience. The last thing you need is the pain of hauling your bag to ruin your backcountry adventure.

Key Features

  • Available in five color options, including a camouflage option
  • Supportive sternum and waist straps
  • Makes for a great emergency bug-out pack
  • Hydration compatible
  • 3x document pockets


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs
  • Capacity: 50-liters
  • Dimensions: 22″ x 17″ x 11″

33. Fast Pack EDC

Fast Pack EDC

This latest generation of the FAST Pack EDC has been re-engineered from the ground up to rapidly adapt to changing mission profiles and carry you through whatever challenges are ahead. Integrated storage solutions combined with a full-zip, clamshell opening allows you to access and adjust your gear as necessary. Simultaneously, the re-engineered suspension manages the weight and keeps you focused on the task at hand. PALS webbing and internal anchor points let you reconfigure the EDC to your exact requirements using their Control Panel, Transporter Tail, or one of their many pouches. Of course, if you’ve experienced any Triple Aught Design gear, you know they make all of it ready to adjust and customize, with probably the broadest range of add-ons imaginable. Rugged, made in the USA, construction and modular adaptability are the FAST platform’s foundation, combining the best of military design and mountaineering ergonomics. These bags are built to be your most trusted companion for adventures close to home or missions far away.

Key Features

  • Fill-zip clamshell opening
  • PALS webbing and internal anchor points
  • Rugged construction
  • Velcro front panel
  • Two internal zippered mesh pockets
  • YKK zippers


  • Materials: 1000 and 500 Denier Invista™ Cordura® Fabric
  • Weight: 5.29 lbs
  • Capacity: 28-liters
  • Dimensions: 11″ x 20.5″ x 7.5″

34. Get Home Bag – 72 Hour Emergency Go Bags

Get Home Bag - 72 Hour Emergency Go Bags

There is just something absolutely amazing about Echo Sigma’s Get Home Bags. These are packs that come fully loaded with everything you need to survive for days at a time. And the even better bit is that you can grab the 72-Hour Emergency Go Bag, as it is (which is brilliant), or you can customize the contents based on your individual requirements. How amazing is that? You get a high-quality backpack that comes to your door pre-packed and ready to take off into parts unknown. All you have to do is store it somewhere handy, be it your trunk or front hall closet. We’re talking lights, food, shelter, first-aid, all of it, right there waiting for you. It’s a perfect bug out bag with no effort required. That said, it’s also a great bag just to keep handy in case of an emergency. With the first-aid supplies, this bag could turn out to be just the lifesaver you need in a pinch.

Key Features

  • 1-3 days of food and water
  • SOG Micro tool clip
  • Includes Fenix 265 Lumen handheld flashlight
  • Includes an Echo-Sigma compact first aid kit
  • Includes an emergency tube tent


  • Materials: Nylon
  • Weight: 4 lbs (unpacked)
  • Capacity: 42-liters

35. 5.11 Tactical – Bail Out Bag

5.11 Tactical - Bail Out Bag

The Bail Out Bag as a Bug Out Bag will be pretty utilitarian with only a 9-liter capacity. However, when you gotta go, it’s better to have the essentials ready than nothing at all. Of course, it also makes a glorious range bag in the meantime. The Bailout Bag has outside pockets made to house six standard AR magazines or three .308 magazines, plus additional internal and external platforms that will carry the rest of your basics. Built from rugged, lightweight, all-weather 1050D nylon, featuring an adjustable quick-release strap, the Bailout Bag will see you through the day’s battle.

Key Features

  • MOLLE web gear expandability compatible
  • Side utility pockets
  • The shoulder pad is removable
  • Adjustable strap with a quick-release drop
  • Padded aero-mesh at the rear to prevent abrasion


  • Materials: 1050D nylon
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs
  • Capacity: 9-liters

36. 5.11 Tactical – Rapid Origin Pack

5.11 Tactical - Rapid Origin Pack

Now, if you’re like me and really like the gear that 5.11 has been making lately, but you feel the Bail Out Bag might be just a touch too small, let me introduce you to the Rapid Origin Pack. For all of you weekend warriors that are ready to load up and get it on, this is your backpack. Inspired by their battle-tested backpacks, the Rapid Origin is a lightweight, medium-sized solution for a day-hike or whatever you feel like taking on. Built with a large drop-front inverted U opening, the interior is easy to access and, if you can’t avoid bringing that laptop, there’s a padded compartment to keep it safe and secure. Made from color contrast 600D polyester, the Rapid Origin features multiple quick release and adjustable straps to customize the fit. There’s a large web platform on the front to add pouches or gear, not to mention a secure CCW compartment and an internal admin panel.

Key Features

  • Multiple quick release and adjustable straps
  • Padded laptop sleeve inside fits up to a 15″ laptop
  • Web MOLLE platform throughout
  • Fleece-lined eyewear pocket for your glasses or sunglasses
  • Hydration or TacTec compatible
  • Two internal zippered organization pockets


  • Materials: 600D polyester
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs
  • Capacity: 21-liters

37. 5.11 Tactical – Rapid Sling Pack 10L

5.11 Tactical - Rapid Sling Pack 10L

The amazing thing about 5.11 gear is the range in their product line. The Rapid Sling Pack is a compact, high-quality, 10-liter backpack. And, while it would make a brilliant day pack, whether hiking, climbing, or wandering about in the city. It’s just the perfect size for an emergency bug out bag. While probably not everything you could ever need, this pack has room for the essentials and tucks away out of sight quite quickly. Featuring 5.11’s signature CenterLine™ design, the 9.5-liter Rapid Sling Pack features Quad Zip access and a 270-degree zipper opening for fast entry. Internal mesh pockets with hydration compatibility keep you organized and ready, while external compression straps help balance the load. The rear CCW compartment is perfect for carrying your sidearm. And, the front pocket’s MOLLE platform easily connects with the Rapid Waist Pack for increased functionality. This thing is ready to grab and go.

Key Features

  • Available in two colours including this grey and dark beige
  • Quad zipper access 
  • Internal mesh pocket
  • Hydration compatible
  • MOLLE platform on the front
  • ID and morale patch platform
  • Side access and top mesh zippered pockets
  • Internal loop and sleeve


  • Materials: 600D polyester
  • Weight: 3 lbs
  • Capacity: 9.5-liters
  • Dimensions: 15.5″ x 7.5″ x 6″

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