Backpacks are equippable items that expand the survivor's number of inventory slots. Survivors with backpack can equip themselves with more weapons/consumables, greatly improving chances of surviving; in addition, they can carry more loot before having to deposit at a Supply Locker. A survivor without a backpack has 4 inventory slots; having a Small Backpack adds 4 slots (to 8) and Large Backpack adds 6 (to 10).

Backpacks are often found in campsites, cabins and houses, and many survivors spawn with one.

Types of backpacksEdit

Small BackpackEdit

Small Backpack-infocard

Description: Traveling light is good but having what you need is better
Slots: +4
Weight: 1.6 lbs

This type of backpack is much more common than Large Backpacks. Due to its small size, it is not suitable for the purpose of scavenging. However, 8 inventory slots are more than enough for a firearm, a melee weapon, ammunition, painkillers, snacks and other consumables. For this reason as well as its lighter weight, small backpacks are handy for non-Powerhouse characters when scavenging is not a priority.

Large BackpackEdit

Large Backpack
: More carrying capacity, but it's bulky.
Slots: +6
Weight: 3.3 lbs

The Large Backpack has 2 more slots, but is 1.7 lbs heavier. Naturally, this backpack is great for the Powerhouse characters, who has +15 lbs encumbrance limit. This backpack is ideal for scavenging, as long as the player keeps a watchful eye on the survivor's carrying weight and avoid unnecessary fights.

Item ListEdit

The following item lists contain both types of backpack

Note: S = State of Decay Storyline; B= Breakdown; L= Lifeline

  • (S,B) Junk
  • (S,B) Backpack.Guaranteed
  • (S,B) Backpack
  • (S,B) Bag.Tanner

The following item lists contain large backpacks only

  • (L) Backpack.Large


  • There are 6 variants of Large Backpack and 20 variants of Small Backpack in the game. A few new variants are added in Lifeline. The difference is purely aesthetic.
  • The Large Backpack is modeled after an Eberlestock G4 Operator Pack (a scout/sniper pack) with rifle scabbard stowed. The in-game model is scaled down to roughly 50% size of the real backpack.

See AlsoEdit

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    • It's an Alpha Build screenshot, so many of the icons are different from the current version.
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