So I figured I would share with the readers of the Survival forum my current work in progress, a Get Home Bag based off of a
Maxpedition Colossus Versipack
Externally there is nothing changed yet except for a few patches, and the biener which was used as an attach point for my spare water bottle, however
it quickly became too annoying sloshing around and smacking me in the leg as I walked. The entire outside of this thing is covered in MOLLE attach
points, some of which are easier to get to than others (such as the ones on the very bottom)
The idea from an external POV is to attach at least one magazine pouch on the point where the shoulder strap meets the pouch it self, and perhaps a
external water bottle pouch which will likely be created by using a triple M4 mag pouch.
The above picture is looking down into one of the two internal CCW pouches, this one has a very simple universal holster (also by
) velcroed in, and let me tell you once its in there
its not coming back out without some effort. It may not have a thumb brake like other holsters but when the pack is slung over the shoulder and
attached with its belt loop the weapon is quite secure, in addition there is a retention snap right next to where my thumb is which keeps the weapon
mostly secured, however it also makes drawing it a really cumbersome process.
Here is an internal view of the main compartment, as you can see there is a flashlight staring back at the camera as well as a 50 foot section of 550
para cord. Also technically in this location are several packs of waterproof matches, a few compacted down large plastic bags, a space blanket and a
rain suit. That large empty space you see on the right is where my water bottle has been residing until I can improvise a better carrying method for
it that makes it easier to get to while under way.
This is a kind of cramped view of the first medical gear pouch, mostly dressings, alcohol prep pads, band aids, hand sanitizers and some other
anti-septic type packages. I'm miles from done with this as I plan on adding in some insta-clot type packets to stop massive bleeding in a hurry.
Also there is a junk pamphlet from some previous off-the-shelf kit in here as a physical reminder for those moments when the brain decides to go
sideways instead of forward.
This outer pouch contains a section of nylon rope, a LED flashlight, tissues, some medical tape, and a few larger bandages that would not fit into the
inner mesh pocket. In all likelyhood I will remove the nylon rope in favor of more para cord once another shipment comes in, its half the size and
probably just as strong if not more so.
Yet another outer pouch, this one contains an el cheapo wind up flashlight that I'm still evaluating as well as combination whistle, match container
and compass. That little silver line you see next to the two items is in fact a flat roll of several yards of duct tape around an old plastic ID card,
stores very nicely and is insanely handy in so many different ways. This is another pouch where there is plenty of room to expand as I pick up more
pieces of gear and likely to see a lot of rearrangement as its one of the easiest to get so the most often used go-to items will end up here
And finally for scale I took a picture of the pack next to a standard CD spindle for comparison. Its not overly huge, but it is far more configurable
than a normal backpack and the best part is it lets me be extremely mobile. This thing couldn't keep me alive in the wilderness for an extended
period of time but it will let me cover ground fast towards home in order to get the real gear set there which is just impractical to tote to and from
work every day.
Since this is of course a work in progress I will likely come back and update it from time to time as I get the layout of things and the final lineup
of gear sorted out, but I'm all ears for questions, comments or suggestions for any aspect of this; if I wasn't open to adaption and learning I
wouldn't be much of a survivalist now would I?