A Preparedness Backpack for Every Family Member


Choosing the best preparedness backpacks can help each member of your family meet unexpected challenges with greater security, confidence, and optimism. Factors such as load capacity, gender, age, and a detailed list of provisions are important considerations. Calling a family meeting to solicit input will go a long way to ensuring that everyone is happy with their backpack selection.  

A versatile backpack for the family member capable of carrying the heaviest load is the 90-liter Kelty Redcloud 90 Backpack. This pack is designed for 35-50 pounds of gear, and has a top lid that converts to a sling pack, large front pocket with an organizational panel, stretch front shove-it pouch, and is hydration system compatible. But what will be appreciated most are the comfort and fatigue-reducing features that include an adjustable suspension, mesh back panel, padded shoulder straps with connector, and adjustable waist belt.

Kelty Redcloud 90 Backpack

Adult and teenage female family members will appreciate the 64-liter Gregory Women's Deva 60 Medium Backpack. This pack is designed to accommodate the female form with a cushioning suspension system, padded harness and adjustable hip belt. For versatility, the pack has a removable daypack / hanging reservoir, top-loading, dual-zip top pockets, rain cover, and an external access sleeping bag compartment. The pack has compression straps to help balance and secure loads. Exterior loops may be used to attach a variety of tools and poles.

Gregory Women's Deva 60 Medium Backpack

Camelbak and Teton offer smaller hydration backpacks in a range of styles and colors that are sure to be a hit with the younger members of your family. The rooibos/black olive CAMELBAK Rim Runner 22 Backpack with 3L Reservoir has a 38" drink tube, four-point compression straps, front organizer compartment, dual mesh side pockets, and two rows of gear loops. Comfort-enhancing features include a removable waist belt, air-channel back panel, and curved shoulder straps. The Antidote reservoir is 100% free of potentially harmful Bisphenol A (BPA) and Bisphenol S (BPS).

CAMELBAK Rim Runner 22 Backpack with 3L Reservoir

And because siblings may prefer not having the same backpack, there’s the attractive, olive green, 18-liter TETON Sports Oasis1100 Hydration Backpack that features a 2-liter reservoir with a kink-free sip tube. For storage, the pack has a spacious main compartment, three zippered pockets, and two mesh pouches. Ventilated shoulder straps, chest shock absorber, comfort-taped straps, and 0.5" thick mesh-covered rear pads help long journeys feel less fatiguing. An easy-to-deploy, built-in, yellow rain cover provides weather protection. B&H is proud to offer a large selection of backpacks for preparedness and other uses. Please use the Comments section, below, to ask questions and share your knowledge and backpack choices with others.

TETON Sports Oasis1100 Hydration Backpack