I travel the world as a lifestyle with a highly customized albeit tactical backpack and this is the effect it’s had on me as a civilian and tourist.
“One does not need a home full of things to live. Just like ancient times, all we need is what we can carry on our backs.” – John V Cain (Founder of VINJABOND)
It’s been nearly 5 years and over 50 countries since I first set off to Bangkok to live as a modern vagabond. I’ve equipped 3 backpacks since day 1, all of them tactical specific. The most current being the FAST Pack EDC.
Blacked out, MOLLE covered, unconditionally utilitarian and overbuilt like a tank. Aggressive, tough and militant.
This post only exists because of the many fine members of this site asking me throughout the years about this.
“Do you ever run into problems or hassles while traveling the world with a tactical backpack?”
The short answer is “no”. If I had a minute, I’d say “no, except this one time in Japan but also I wouldn’t visit certain countries and cities with a tactical backpack.”
I had similar concerns when I first started out vagabonding and even felt somewhat uncomfortable. Walking around with such a menacing looking rucksack through highly secure and sensitive areas like airports, borders and embassies to first-time visits to new cities.
In this 21st century post-9/11 era, it’s understandable why merely having a tactical backpack in “target-rich” areas could be of concern. But I’ve been around…
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