Admittedly, I own way too many adventure gear. I grew up with 5 older brothers so obviously some of their hobbies rubbed off on me. I guess you could label me a gear junkie. I have got everything from military backpacks to GPS watches.
Fortunately, my husband is a tech geek so he completely understands where my mind is at when it comes to gear.
I know there are many people out there who like collecting adventure gear because this kind of gear just looks so plain cool. However, I actually use the gear I get. Every single one of them.
I have been to the Amazon with them. I have gotten lost in Borneo with them. And I have even been attacked by a herd of Asian wild elephants while on an expedition to help locate and document a crashed British world war two plane in the jungles of Malaysia.
Granted, Asian elephants are much smaller than African elephants but they just as dangerous.
One thing I have learned after all these years going off the beaten track is that you should pack appropriately for the occasion. Do not simply grab the biggest backpack you can find and head off on your journey.
It is important to plan your journey properly so you do not find yourself or your team carrying excessive loads in your military backpacks all over the place for two or three weeks.
Military backpacks or tactical backpacks are ultra durable and come with lots of features like grommets to help draining, various compartment types to house anything from hydration systems to first aid kits and PALS Webbing so you can attach other stuff to it.
Please keep in mind that best tactical backpacks are not the lightest backpacks to lug around. If you are of a slight build, a huge backpack can slow you down on a journey, easily cause you to go off balance and may even cause injury.
So always pick your gear wisely. Sometimes, you may find it more beneficial to carry a chest rig, waist pouch and a smaller backpack instead of carrying around one big backpack. This strategy may come in handy during emergency situations which might require you to dump you backpack. If all your stuff is in one backpack, dumping it will mean losing everything.
The wiser thing to do is to place essential and often used items like a couple of small cans of food, flashlight, batteries and basic survival equipment in your waist pouch and chest rig. Place your least used items like spare clothes and blanket in your backpack.