Fanny Pack Survival Kit – What Samples, Features, and Content Should You Include

When it comes to survival kits, you’d think more is better, right? But that is not always the case. Let me explain. Take the Bug Out Bag, for example. It is large enough to carry tools, shelter, food, and fire-making equipment. But can you take everything everywhere? Can you take it to your office every day?

You may be able to last longer with a larger backpack. But you won’t be so mobile. Also, the larger package will be limiting. So is it that practical?

And that’s where the Fanny Pack comes in. The main reason to wear a fanny pack is mobility. And when you bring the right combination of gear, you can travel far with minimal weight.

So what I’m going to do is give you four tips for choosing and filling your Fanny Pack with the right features and gear. Then you will have the simple frame for your own Every Day Carry or EDC in the Fanny Pack format. Then let’s get started!

FIRST FANNY PACK TIP – Compartmentalization

Fanny packs make sense. That’s because you are packing all your things in a small space. Plus, it’s compartmentalized and gives you easy access around your waist. Two examples of backpacks that fit this model are the Maxpedition and the Sabercat. Both have this feature of compartmentalisation. And with compartments, you have the ability to specialize. The specialization team can include any of these elements:

  • water purification / hydration equipment

  • make fire

  • communications equipment

  • gear lighting

Speaking of compartments, it would be nice to have internal cargo pockets. Other types of compartments to consider are:

  • external pocket to push it

  • outer side pocket

  • zip and gusseted pockets

  • Non-scratch fleece lined sunglasses pocket.

So far we have talked about smaller items. But don’t think you can’t have a shelter compartment. With ultra-light space blankets and tube tents, you can have a shelter compartment in your fanny pack. It’s complete, organized, lightweight, and gives you the essentials. So let’s dive a little deeper into what those essentials are.

FANNY’S SECOND PACK TIP: Features to Look for

While compartments are important, construction is key. Your fanny pack has to accept the abuse it is going to receive. It cannot be broken in the middle of a shock. Otherwise, your hands will be busy carrying all the content. So the goal of a 1-person emergency kit (even a large fanny pack) around the hip is to keep your hands free.

So let’s take a look at some features of good strong fanny pack emergency survival kit bags.

  • An adjustable waistband is essential. After you have walked for a few hours, the belt will need to be adjusted.

  • The built-in hip pads wouldn’t hurt. That is in case your backpack gets heavy. (Paladin has the Mission Pack belt made specifically for this type of use.)

  • Another feature to consider is the shoulder strap. The SOTECH Go Bag shoulder strap is tactically worn over the shoulder or around the waist. This gives the operator access on the fly by rotating the bag from back to front and quickly accessing the contents of the bag.

  • Backpack features to look out for are large YKK® zipper drawstrings for quick opening and fabric made from 1000 Denier or higher nylon.

  • If you can get a PUx2 water repellent coating on the main body and inner pocket flaps, that’s even better.

Lastly, think about ID tags and reflective tape for high-visibility markings. IR or GLINT tapes are perfect for infrared night visibility. This will allow emergency services and emergency medical services to find you. Now that we have the backpack basics, let’s look at some essentials to pack inside your fanny pack.

THIRD FANNY PACK TIP – Essential Items to Include

People often ask “how to build the perfect bug bag” or “what to put in your bug bag”. Big question. That’s because without the right things, you’ll get stuck concentrating on the wrong things at the wrong time. So what are the “right” things to focus on when it comes to a fanny pack survival kit? The right things have to be light, versatile, and great to get the job done. So let’s talk about a few items that fit into that budget right now.

  • Waist Bag Water / Food / Hydration / FoodPrep: With water you have two options. Bring yours or clean up what you find. With the “bring your own” option, the water packs are the best option. The downside is that you won’t have a lot of water. That is because there is not much in each package. One way to avoid this would be water tablets to purify the water you find. They are perfect because they are compact and light. Another hydration option is to bring a SteriPen UV water filter. The SteriPen takes up little space and removes hazardous substances from the water. But you will need a silk cloth or something to filter out rocks, dirt, and sand. The SteriPen will do the rest. Eliminates more than 99% of bacteria, viruses and protozoa that cause waterborne diseases. Another advantage is that it can make 16 ounces of water in less than 50 seconds. They even have a rope model.

  • Shelter / Bedding: Space and weight are the keys here. Remember, all of this has to fit in your fanny pack and make room for other things. So what is the solution? Tyvek. Tyvek is a great shelter because it is so lightweight, waterproof, and durable all at the same time.

  • Along with the Tyvek, you will need some yarn to tie the corners or attach it to a tree. Therefore, a paracord bracelet will provide you with all the line that you will need. One word of advice, if you can put grommets in the corners of your Tyvek canvas, it will make it easier to put things on.

  • Another item to add to the shelter / bedding compartment would be a medical grade self warming blanket. The Heat Treat® Self-Warming, Disposable Medical Grade Blanket is your ticket. It has been developed from the efforts of acute care people and is the world leader in self-heating products. Heat Treat® is a self-contained heating blanket that gives you critical heat up to 104 ° F once exposed to air. Keeps it there for up to 12 hours. This blanket has proven itself in hospitals and doctor’s offices.

  • Fanny Pack First Aid – Band-Aids are pretty easy to understand, right? But what happens when someone in your group has an injury that is more than they can handle? QuikClot® Combat Gauze ™ is the answer. QuikClot has helped first responders, security teams and the military save many lives. It has stopping power like no other. QuikClot is also easy to use. Without mixing or measuring. It has some disadvantages. But in an emergency, it can save lives.

  • For hygiene, here are some great ideas that are compact and lend themselves well to a fanny pack. mini towel tablets, canned clothes, paper shampoo, pocket shower

  • Fanny Pack Lighting / Lighting – It’s one thing to carry a flashlight. But what happens when the batteries run out? What if you could recharge them … with your body? Or something as common as water or urine? There is a battery called AquaCell that runs out of water. Forget about solar energy or recharging things. AquaCells come in double or triple A sizes.

  • Fanny Pack Communications: I think the best thing you can do in communications would be a HAM radio. And the Yaesu VX8R is the winner. It is portable and fits easily in your backpack. In addition, it is submersible. So water will not be a problem for this baby.

  • But let’s say you don’t have a HAM license. And you don’t have a radio. So what? The SAR eclipse signal device will be something to check out. It is a mirror with features that allow you to precisely adjust where the mirror is illuminating. You can point to people 10, 20, 50 miles away on a sunny day. Aircraft pilots have been known to see signals from signal mirrors 100 miles away

  • Fanny Pack Fire / Tools: You can’t have a survival kit without the ability to make fire. Two items that I will never be without the BlastMatch and WetFire blocks. The BlastMatch is a one-handed firesteel device made for all types of weather. It will light up in the wind, rain or snow. Quenches a stream of high-temperature sparks. And when you combine it with WetFire Tinder, you can start a fire in the middle of a heavy rain. Another addition to bring is the camping parties. These are unique because they stay lit underwater. That’s right.

Alright, we’ve got our fanny pack essentials list. What’s next


Again, no package has all of the features that I just covered. But here are the best ones that I am choosing.

  • The Rothco Nylon Backpack is simple and durable with water-repellent fabric and tie-down straps.

  • Fannypack survival kit

  • Remora Gearslinger is not really a fanny pack. It’s a bag. But it is loaded with almost all the features that I listed above.

  • Sabercat Versipack is great, but believe it or not, it can be worn as a fanny pack. It has many compartments, molle straps, zippers, etc.

  • Proteus Versipack is a slightly smaller version of the Sabercat Versipack with the same construction.

When I think of a survival kit, I usually think of something that I have to carry by hand. But when I looked at these fanny pack designs, it became clear to me that having my hands free when I’m dating is a big deal. A backpack can be too much in some cases.

One idea would be to bring a fanny pack and a backpack. So you can quickly drop the backpack and move around with the hiking fanny pack. But still, these things are pretty awesome. Especially the Remora Gearslinger.

This week, visit WalMart or KMart and see what they have. Buy a cheap fanny pack just to experiment. Try incorporating some of the equipment from this article.

Once you have your fanny pack, start putting items and supplies in your kit. A great start would be the BlastMatch. And when you see it, give me a shout!

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