My Inch Bag or I’m Never Coming Home Bag is used for a camping ruck for base camp primarily and would ultimately serve as my readily available inch bag. I bought a used a Molle II Rucksack. It is water resistant, has a lightweight plastic frame and can handle my supplies, clothes and sleeping pad with sleep system. There are two side pouches on this pack as well.

It is slightly larger than I want, but I can reduce the amount as needed. I modified how the pack is attached to the plastic frame to be optimal for my smaller female stature.  I stood on the plastic frame and bent it inward more, tightening and raising the kidney belt to keep the shape. I lowered the straps the hold the pack to the frame so that the pack is carried by my shoulders and hips rather than my lower back.

After I wrote this, I changed my INCH bag from the Molle II to a large ALICE pack and used the Molle II frame, shoulder straps and waist belt, modifying the frame with some pvc pipe at the top. Pictures will follow at a later date along with the details of how we did it. I am 5’2″ and the Molle II pack was just way too big. The ALICE is working better.

Considerations For An Inch Bag

When I bought the pack, I made sure to get extra buckles to include in the sewing kit for the camp. All the straps were good and the bag was in good condition. The inch bag is used to take place of the EDC bag, so it should have the same types of contents but more in depth as you would be surviving out of this pack.

An inch bag should include at least 72 hours of food and water with ways to start a fire, cook your food, sleep, filter water, permanent hygiene and first aid. We have larger dedicated packs for medical supplies, bug out sharpening kit, water filtration and collection, hygiene, base camp tent, stove, cots etc.