Doc Torr wrote:I've seen two bag of bags scenarios.
1. Divide by type
This is when you have pouches or bags labeled or organized by what the items inside are used for. For instance, medical, fire/cooking, sleeping, clothing, and shelter. You get the point. This works really well for single-site camping, where you can unpack most of the bag into a tent or living space, and then bear-bag your food elsewhere.
2. Divide by access.
This is what I like to do for bug-out gear. I like to have the most readily necessary items easily at hand first. So, extra clothes will likely go near the bottom, since if I need them, it isn't likely to be in a scenario where digging them out will be too much of a hassle. Sleeping system, extra medical gear, and the bear bag of food will be right at the top, where I can get to the quickly and conveniently.
I basically do both. My main bags have one big compartment, one compartment in the "lid", and one large pocket on each side. Gear goes in stuff sacks by purpose.
Emergency stuff goes in the lid compartment. That's basically FAK and rain gear.
Trail food and water bottle goes in one side pocket.
Need-a-lot items go in other side pocket. Lights, hygiene stuff, sunscreen, bug juice, multitool, etc.
Sleeping pad goes in main compartment, rolled as a loose tube and then stuffed with other gear. This acts as a frame of sorts.
Other gear gets stuffed in in reverse order of when I need it. So extra clothes first, then sleeping bag, then hammock, then tarp, then mess kit and water filter, then layering clothes. I also throw a canteen in there for dry stretches.