Think of packing a 24-hour tactical backpack like pyramid building. Heavy items should go on the bottom, medium-weight items should be placed in the middle and light items should go on top. This configuration usually works best and easiest to carry on long missions.
The outside compartments of your pack or your MOLLE attachments should be used for items, like flashlights, a tactical knife or multitool, radios and your first aid kit which you may need to access frequently or easily.
PACKING THE BOTTOM OF YOUR BAG
The bottom of your pack is for gear you access when you’re done carrying it for the day. This is things like your bedding, additional clothing and most of your hygiene items and all your heaviest pieces of gear belong on the bottom.
THE GEAR IN THE MIDDLE
In the middle of your bag belongs your poncho liner or whatever you use to set up camp for the night. The middle of your bag can also be used extra food, water and other items you probably won’t need while you’re on the move.
PACKING THE TOP OF YOUR TACTICAL BACKPACK
On the top layer of your bag, you’ll want to keep a change of socks, your poncho, self-defense items and navigation gear for easy access. Additionally, mid-mission snacks, and other small items like water purification tablets belong there, too.
ATTACHING GEAR TO THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR PACK
PACKING YOUR SURVIVAL BACKPACK
Unlike a normal run-of-the-mill tactical backpack, a survival backpack will keep you going when you’re away from all the creature comforts. It should contain enough gear to survive off for at least 72 hours plus extra food, water, safety, shelter, and self-defense gear for longer periods.