Introduction: Pants Daypack/Backpack

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This backpack can be used in an emergency situation when you might have to leave your car to go for help or can be a spur of the moment decision to go for a hike at that beautiful overlook you hadn't expected. There are only 2 items required to make a useful and quick backpack to carry your water bottle, lunch, jacket and whatever you might want to take alone.

1. Extra pants
2. Parachute cord or string.

Step 1:

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Cut the cord into three pieces. Two about 12 inches and one about 3 feet. Tie each pant leg at the bottom about three inches from the hem. Tie them pretty tight.

Step 2:

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Pull the two legs up and tie to the belt loop on either side of the zipper. Be sure to tie them tightly.

Step 3:

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Run the longer cord through the belt loops and use as a drawstring to close the top of your back pack. Fill with softer things on the side against your body and any other things towards the front or back of the pants. The pockets can hold your water bottle, gloves, cell phone, etc. The more pockets the pants have the better. Slip on your new daypack and off you go.

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This is a good way to take along an extra change of clothes because you can put a shirt inside and change out the pants if something happens to the ones you are wearing. Have fun.


MDZPNMD (author)2016-07-25

I applaud you, nice hack!

CarolP39 (author)2016-02-19

Wow, great hack! I know I can use this one!

Morpheus (author)2014-04-07

Wow how cool! I tried this and it worked well until the belt loop broke (I put some heavy stuff in there to test it... stupid in retrospect) . I just tied the leg to the long cord, problem solved.

rogue_saint_michael (author)2014-02-12

It's so easy! Great idea! I hike a lot and this is the perfect idea for where to put the extra pants. No pack needed. Peace

Ysabeau (author)2013-12-01

Very clever! Love the idea.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)Ysabeau2013-12-04

Agreed! Very clever :)

vincent7520 (author)2013-12-01

Nice for our trade!
As burglars we find the difficult thing in our profession is to find a suitable bag on spot to put property we've just stolen. Bringing our own bag would seem sensible to anyone else, but we feel that someone walking with an empty bag in an affluent neighborhood would give a clue as to our intentions. This will solve our problem : coming empty handed and leaving with an inconspicuous backpack.
Thank you again with out best regards.
Vinnie Prosperino, Hon. Secretary of the The American Burglar League


JOKE APART : very nice idea. thank you.

Ludvicka (author)vincent75202013-12-01

As retired Law Enforcement I hate to think I am aiding and abetting crime. I will be sure to notify all my brothers in blue to be on the lookout for any pants backpackers in strange places. So much for the tried and true pillow case. P.S. Could you tell me what city and state you are from, just for the record.

Thanks for your interest-----I think.

BrittLiv (author)2013-12-01

This is amazing! Great job

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