Minimalist EDC Survival Pack


Boy that’s a mouthful. So whats this about then? Well, I find quite a significant amount of customers who are into “prepping” coming in looking for a concept where they can fit everything they need to survive into a pack so small, you could carry it with you just about everywhere.

Take into consideration that some things are more important to some than others, and are replaceable. Also somethings I strapped on to make the pack look that much cooler.


So, we have here the smallest pack in the store from First Tactical. This is the Crosshatch model, single sling carry.

We chose this pack for it’s affordability as well as toughness. It’s constructed from 1000D nylon. It’s not made by Cordura, but it does share the same thread weight and will still ┬átake more abuse than most any standard civilian style packs.


The sole main strap comes with a stabilizer strap to prevent the pack from rolling forward when bending over to pick things up. It also keeps things secure and close to the body for those high mobility, high speed movements.


Once that stabilizer strap is unbuckled, the pack lets you pivot it to the front, allowing you to access the compartments within your working space, all without taking the pack off, or compromising the security of the pack to your body.

I’ve attached a machete to the outside of this pack to demonstrate various possible mounting options. Also, this would be the configuration I would use if I knew I was heading into jungle terrain, or if society collapsed to a “no holds barred” scenario.


I liked this pack due to the fact that the zippers were accessible on both sides, making it ambidextrous.


So, what should be in the pack then? And really, what could you carry with such limited space?

Well, I believe the bare basics are always going to find its way into these kind of packs, even non-survival/prepper packs.

  • First Aid Kit (FAK)
  • Water/Hydration System
  • Emergency Rations (food)
  • Duck Tape
  • Knife
  • Light

Everything else varies on what your intentions for this pack are.

For the purpose of this post, I went ahead and constructed this set for use in sub-urban settings with jungle survival capabilities. Which means, it’s pretty comprehensively kitted out, and can be adjusted to adapt to different environments or scenarios.


So here we cover the basic needs to survive. You got food and water, so survival wise, you’re covered for at least 3 weeks (refer to Rule of 3). This kit has enough food for 7 days. Obviously, that is overkill. Downsize to make things more accommodating. Incorporating the use of MRE’s might mean you will not need a stove. But then, if you remove the stove, you eliminate a sure fire way of getting fire.

“You can survive for 3 Minutes without air (oxygen) or in icy water. You can survive for 3 Hours without shelter in a harsh environment (unless in icy water) You can survive for 3 Days without water (if sheltered from a harsh environment) You can survive for 3 Weeks without food (if you have water and shelter)”

-Rule of 3

You’ve got an FAK to treat any potential wounds (depending on the level your FAK is at). We do not have extreme harsh environments in Malaysia (save the sun, but we can live through it, or you know, look for cover) and even so, The bivvy can be made into a make shift shelter should the need really arise.

You’ve got 2 methods to start a fire, a signaling device, flashlight to see at night, a knife (adjust the size according to task), and tape.


At the end of it all, there’s one simple rule to remember. If you don’t have it with you when you need it, it’s useless.

Stay safe, stay sharp.


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