Tactical vs. Civilian style gear have always been a hot debate among survivalists and preppers. Most people argue that the tactical style, especially the MOLLE’d or camo ones, make you stick out in an urban setting, and make you appear a target (ironically!). In a situation where people are scared and in need of supplies, a tactically dressed person will appear the most prepared, and therefore the most vulnerable to groups or gangs seeking things they need. Many survivalists encourage a basic civilian style backpack or shoulder bag for EDC survival supplies and GHB, because it allows you to blend into the crowds of distressed civilians.
Tactical and military style packs do boast some advantages. With MOLLE webbing, you will be able to attach and detach pouches for more or less room as needed. Military style packs are often made to a very high standard, so you know your gear will not fail you when you need it. Also, surplus bags such as various sizes of ALICE packs are readily available at surplus stores and online.
Personally, I sit directly on the fence on this matter. Sure, I do agree with the fact that military style does stick out. I know for me, if I saw someone carrying around a MOLLE or similar style backpack in a disaster situation, approaching them to take their supplies would be a stupid thing to do. To me, these packs make one look very smart for these scenarios, and probably well prepared and capable of fighting off or killing one or more people. In my opinion, a tactical pack is the way to go. Where do you stand on the matter? Post a pic of your method of carrying supplies! Happy prepping :)