Large Tactical Transport Pack

I had the opportunity to purchase this pack just  about 4 years ago.  I have a digital camouflage version.  I have used this pack for hiking, hunting, camping, extensive traveling, and much more.  I am going to go over a few things I really like about this pack and maybe a few things I don’t.

This pack is available in the DDP Shop for $65.00.  Click the tab at the top. Shipping costs included in all pricing.

You can find this pack online from Amazon, or anyone that sells military or tactical gear.  This is a cost effective pack, in the fact that you can spend far more for a similar pack.  Beware of pricing.  I have seen this pack selling for around $55.00 however shipping was outrageous.

Starting at the top of this pack is a carry handle.  I use this actually a lot.  Especially when going through the airport.  The carry handle does not have the rubber handle, but it is more than sufficient to use under a full load.  The pack is made from heavyweight 600 Denier Polyester.The shoulder straps that are on this pack are padded nicely and curved to fall under your arms and back to the pack properly.  The straps have 2 small D rings on them which I like because I can use that to carry my compass or clip anything small to the straps for easy access.  The only issue with the D rings is that there are 2 sets.  The top set is really tough to use because they sit so high on the strap.  The straps also have a sternum strap that is adjustable.  The strap is not something I typically use, but it is designed to help distribute the weight.  The buckles at the bottom of the straps work well and are easy to adjust after placing the pack on your back.  The part of the pack that seats against your body is padded and has a mesh material to disperse heat and moisture.  This pack is also hydration compatible, so the hydration bladder pocket is just above  the mesh part of the pack and just below the carry handle.  the bottom of the pack has a waist strap which I have never used.  I have thought about getting rid of this strap, however it does tighten up nice and sits below the pack to be out-of-the-way.

7289-side_angle_view-hrThe side of the pack has some compression straps that have worked well for me.  I can unlatch them and then stuff this pack full, or I can carry a light load and pull these latches tight to compress the pack.
7282-G-DThere are 5 storage compartments on the this pack.  The first being the hydration compartment, the main storage compartment, a very usable mesh pocket on the inside of the main compartment that has  zipper closure.  The main compartment is spacious and lined in a water repellant material to keep everything dry.

7289_bigThe fourth storage compartment is large, and a great place to put gear that you need to access all of the time without having to unpack your main storage.  However the size of this compartment will decrease depending on the load you have in the main compartment.  This has never stopped me from packing what I needed, and I have never had to leave anything behind I wanted to take.  The last compartment is a zipper compartment on the front of the pack.  It has a zipper closure, and will hold a fair amount.  There is a strap the runs the front of the pack and latches, acting as another compression strap.  The tip of the strap contains a small D ring.  The bottom of this pack has some loop straps that I have never used.  They are small and I can’t imagine even a bedroll being able to fit into these for carry.

7234-DOverall I love this pack.  I have had this pack and use it extensively for  4 years.  All of the stitching is intact and all of the buckles are still in good shape, even though the are molded plastic, none have broken, and all work.  Although I would not rely on this in a full combat deployment, this pack has served me well and I have had no issues.  I constantly get asked where I got it.  This is one of the packs I have and I am very happy with it.

Bug Out Bag Checklist

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Bug Out Bag Checklist

List provided by WhiteWolf from INCH Survival

Here is a list of prepping items that I’ve put together.  Obviously you wouldn’t pack EVERYTHING in this list into your pack – this list is to give you ideas and remind you of things you may have forgotten to include.

If you see something missing let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it in!  If you’re printing out this list, please note that we’re occasionally adding more items as we get to them and adding links to our item specific blog entries.

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Clothing & Apparel
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Army Back Pack (Alice pack with frame)
Bandana
Belt (heavy duty)
Dust Masks
Fanny Pack
Gas Mask
GI Poncho Liner
Hat
Hiking Boots
Long Johns (Thermal Underwear)
Rain Ponchos
Sleeping Bag
Spare Shoe Laces
Sun Glasses
Sweater
Toque / Belaclava / Fur Hat
Underwear
Winter Gloves / Mits
Wool Socks (x2 pair)
Wool Blanket
Work Gloves

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First Aid / Medical
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After Bite
Allergy Relief
Antiseptic wipes (Alcohol and iodine)
Antibiotics
Bandages
Bandage Wraps (for sprained wrists, leg, etc..)
Benadryll (for bee and wasp stings)
Burn Cream
Butterfly Sutures / Bandages
Condoms (without spermicidal and lubricant)
Cotton Balls
Decongestants (Colds)
Eye Patches
Eye Wash Cup
First Aid Manual
Gauze Pads
Imodium (Anti-diarrhea)
Iodine Tablets (radiation)
Latex / Surgical Gloves
Lip Balm (medicated)
Medical Tape (white)
Multivitamins
Nail Clippers
Needles (for souturing, sterilize with alcohol whipes)
New Skin (liquid bandage)
Polysporin
Quick-Clot (stops bleeding)
Q-Tips
Rubber Bands
Saline Nasal Spray
Safety Pins – Various sizes
Sewing Kit (regular and leather needles, regular and thick string)
Sunscreen
Surgical Blades
Vasoline
Tampons / Maxi Pads
Tweezers
Tylenol / Advil
Vitamin C
Waterproof Sealed Container for everything
Zincofax

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Fire & Heat
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Candles (emergency – long burning)
Cotton Balls (soaked in vaseline)
Heating Pads
Lighters
Flint / Magnesium Starter
Matches
Steel Wool (and 9v battery)
Thermal Blankets

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Food / Cooking / Water
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Aluminum Foil (about 5 feet folded)
Aluminum bottle (carry water, boiling)
Beef Jerkey
Candy Bars
Canned Fish
Can Opener
Canteen / Can Combo
Coffee & Filters
Collapsible Water Container
Condiments
Energy Bars (3000 calories)
Granola Bars
Hose (siphoning or drinking)
Instant Oatmeal
Oxo Cubes
MRE’s
Packs of condiments (ketchup, vinegar, relish, mustard, hot sauce, honey, etc)
Portable Mini Stove
Salt & Pepper
Seeds
Soups
Tea Bags
Water Purification Tablets

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Hunting & Protection
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.22 Rifles and ammo (and cleaning kit, oil)
Binoculars
Ammo Belt Pouch
Arrows (wood and aluminum)
Chain Link for fish
Fishing Kit (Line, Lures, Jigs, Weights, Reel, Floats, Etc.)
Fishing Rod (ice fishing length)
Hunting Knife (and sharpening stone)
Mosquito Head / Body Net
Mosquito Repellant with deet
Pepper Spray
Sling Shot and ammo (different sizes) and spare elastics and leather pouch
Snare Wire

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Hygene
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Bar of soap
Comb
Condensed Hand Towels
Cortisone cream (for poison ivy, etc.)
Dental Floss
Deoderant (non scented)
Gold bond powder
Razors
Shampoo
Maxi Pads / Tampons
Tooth Brush (Portable)
Toothpaste
Toothpicks
Toilet Paper
Wash Cloth
Wipes

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Navigation, Signaling and Lighting
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Batteries (AA, AAA)
Hand Crank Radio
Head Lamp
Flash Lights (LED)
Flourescent Trail Marker Tape
Light / Glow Sticks
Map and Compass (local area / province)
Mirror
Survival Manual
Whistle

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Tools & Other Equipment
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Axe (chopping axe)
Calculator (solar)
Carpenter Pencils (notepads and pencil sharpener)
Crescent Wrench
Crowbar
Garbage Bags (black and white)
Duct Tape
File (Sharpening tools, shaping wood, etc)
Folding saw
Folding Shovel / Pick
FRS Radio
Hammer / Pry Bar
Handheld CB Radio
Measuring Tape & Sewing Tape
Metal Hose Tighteners (Various Sizes)
Misc Hardware – Screws, Nails, Eye Hooks, etc
Multi-Purpose Tool
Padded Ground Mat
Paper Clips – Large (for tying, binding, etc)
Pulley
Paracord / Rope
Saw (Bow Saw – Collapsible)
Small screwdriver with all bits
Tarps (waterproof with gromet holes)
Walkie Talkies
Wire Saw
Zip Loc Bags
Zip Ties

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Extras
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Money (Bills and a few rolls of quarters)
Book on edible plants