What to pack in camping backpack?While many people today are grabbing tactical backpacks from the shelves to prepare for a potential zombie apocalypse, they are equally useful for camping. In fact, having your pack filled properly is an essential aspect of spending time outdoors.

These are our top 10 tactical backpack choices after hours of research.

When you are planning for your next camping excursion, do not forget these five essential items:

Tactical Flashlight:

You need a durable, waterproof flashlight that is capable of illuminating up close and at distances. Tactical flashlights also have strobes and other advantageous options.

Use one with rechargeable batteries and take a second set with you, particularly for longer excursions. Depending on your situation, a head-mounted light might be the best option.

Bug Repellent:

Nobody wants to worry about becoming dinner for a hungry hoard of insects. Make sure that you and the other members of your camping party are well prepared for these nasty party intruders.

You can purchase tents and clothing that have been permeated with a bug repelling chemical. Alternatively, you can buy and apply this product yourself.

Additionally, bug sprays and natural concoctions can have great benefit as ridding them from your camp area. For instance, toss a sprig of sage, rosemary or mint into your campfire once in a while to make the bugs unhappy.

Water Purification:

Although you might have packed sufficient water for everyone, take along some means of cleansing your water. Should your party end up in the woods longer than intended, you will have the ability to remain hydrated. It needs to be filtered and purified for optimal results.


You never know what might happen while visiting mother nature. Be prepared by having a high-quality knife styled after the Swiss army knife. These have multiple tools in a strong, compact set that are easy to carry, store and use.

First Aid Kit:

Although you don’t want to contemplate injuries occurring, you must. By doing so, you can help to avoid the worst of complications. Taking care of bites and other injuries immediately will prevent them from becoming infected or otherwise worsening.

The further you are camping from civilization, the more extensive your first aid kit should be.

Whether you plan to camp for a day, a week or longer, proper preparation is an essential aspect of success. Make sure you always have these items as staples of your tactical backpack to maximize safety and comfort while in the great outdoors!


My name is John Winger, I was born and raised in Virginia. I spent a good part of my early adult life in the US military, namely the Army and served in Iraq. I saw my fair share of combat missions and thanks to that experience I have a better understanding and appreciate for what my country means to me and the world.

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