Feedback from Homeless People

Dignity is a human right

Backpack Bed's improve homeless people's lives

Over 122,000 Australians are homeless today. There is not enough crisis accomodation for people that desperately need it.

Our study proven Backpack Bed is a portable tent & backpack in one:

  • Improves homeless peoples Dignity, Health (physical and mental), Sleep, Warmth, Comfort and Safety.
  • Connects each recipient with their local Homeless Agency - we partner with 850+ Homeless Agencies across Australia.
  • Provides $3,319 in community savings in health, justice and employment costs (180 Degrees Consulting, 2018).

Reply Paid Postcards

Inside every Backpack Bed is a Reply Raid Postcard (postage paid by Australia Post).

This allows us homeless people using Backpack Beds on the streets to let us know how their Backpack Bed made a difference and share how hard life is on our streets.

What I love about my Backpack Bed is . . .

Backpack Beds SAVE LIVES

" I had a chest infection that I did not see a doctor for. It was winter, rainy and had psychosis. That cold might have killed me without the weather and damp protection of your swag."

"This Backpack (Bed) is the best and has saved my life."

"It saved my life, thank you so much"

"Thank you, this is a life saver"

"I do hope and pray that I don't wear it out as I have had a gutful of sleeping on the street . . . it's having no home. I don't mean bricks and mortar, I mean love, a safe place, not alone."


Backpack Beds Improve Sleep

"Having a house in a little bag, being sheltered from wind, rain and the sun. Warm for once. Thank you with all my heart"

"Shelter from the rain, and rainproof, a good nights sleep."

"Thank you so much for providing me and my friend a better place to sleep then on the streets."

"I felt safe. It was the 1st night in ages I almost slept the whole nite thru!~ i.e. bout 12 hrs! I was warm & dry and went to sleep with a smile on my face & woke the same :)"."


Backpack Beds Improve Health

"This is love and it saves lives & heals many to Health."

"I felt safe. It was the 1st night in ages I almost slept the whole nite thru!~ i.e. bout 12 hrs! I was warm & dry and went to sleep with a smile on my face & woke the same :)"


Backpack Beds are Dignified

"Convenience & gives you a sense of security, dignity & self respect (even for my little dog). Thank you"

"I'm so very grateful to be lucky enough to be given this blessing! You have given me dignity back!"

"Thank you for making me have, I feel my dignity and i thank you. I am finally rid of cardboard"

"Thank you for your obvious care, respect and work to truly help homeless people"


Backpack Beds Improve Safety

"My Backpack bed gives me a sense of security, reliable rest and recovery and something to call my own, my home."

"The comfort and feeling of peace and safety that I, like may others, have not had for a long time. "

"What I love about the backpack bed is how innovative and has given me shelter & a feeling of safety out of the weather. "

"Homelessness is not a crime, it's a reality & it can happen to anyone"

" I enjoy the privacy especially - no one can see that a single female is sleeping inside once I am in bed, which I consider a major safety plus"

"I feel comfortable and safe sleeping in my Backpack Bed"


Backpack Beds Improve Comfort

"It keeps me, warm, dry, protects me from mozzies and flies. It is reasonably comfortable, it's easy to fold up and carry and it keeps me well camouflaged. I feel comfortable and safe sleeping in my Backpack Bed."

THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOVE good comfort even on concrete. Warm, waterproof, and no annoying insects. I was so glad to relieve it as an unexpected gift I will always have it with me."

"The warmth, comfort and durability = a good normal sleep! Thank you"

" the backpack bed is so comfortable. Homelessness is not a choice & can happen to people in all walks of life & professional backgrounds (such as myself)"


Keeping Warm and Dry

"Im homeless and it will keep me warm at night."

"I could of wrote a lot more! But not enough space. It is the best thing that was made me - WARM, DRY, & SAFE at night."

"I had a good nights sleep last night and no longer worry about a safe and comfortable nights sleep, I can concentrate on rebuilding and getting my life back on track. Very grateful"


Backpack Beds Improve Mental Health

"Just this alone has made me feel more positive on my outlook on life & am sure others helped feel the same."

"It gave me shelter and peace of mind in one of the hardest times of my life so far thank you so much"

"This swag is So Cool! Thankyou so much for your genus design. Yes, it did save my "sanity". It provided me some security & much needed warmth."


Backpack Beds Reduce Suicide

"Before I got this Backpack Bed I was about to commit suicide by hang myself in a park. And to have somebody care enough to give you shelter can make a world of differ to a person suffering with a mental illness. Thank you, so very grateful for Backpack Bed"

"...suicide would have been my only other option. I can't thank you enough."

"It's the things like this that keep us alive. The small thinks the things that make us homeless people feel like real people again."


What Causes Homelessness In Australia

Family violence

Mental health issues

Physical health issue e.g. accident at work and bills mount up

Loss of employment, under-employment or inability to gain a new job

Limited housing / rental stress

Drug and alcohol addiction (an RMIT University study showed that 50% of homeless with adiction problems got them AFTER being homeless)

Traumatic Experiences

One or a combination of these factors can lead to someone becoming homeless. Sometimes homelessness can occur due to someone moving to a new area and losing their job, and not having any support to help. Other times it can be something as simple as not being able to afford housing.

Homelessness can affect anyone at any time. The tiniest life change can cause someone to lose everything they have in a blink of an eye. It's a terrible place for anyone to be in as you will never know what will happen to you on the streets.

Whatever the reason - Australians sleeping on our streets need immediate shelter to survive.

What Can You Do To Help With The Housing Crisis?

Backpack Beds (swags) SAVE LIVES

Backpack Bed for Homeless partners with homeless services across Australia to distribute our study proven Backpack Beds to street sleeping homeless without shelter.

We are not government funded and rely on the support of everyday Australians to help give back safety to people living on the streets. Your donation can help someone survive a night on the streets by protecting them from the harsh weather climates that can happen at night.

How The Homeless Backpack Bed (Swag) Works



Lightweight 3KG

Street tough material


Full Body Protection

4 season summer & winter


Fire Retardant

Fabric + Mattress 190cm x 55cm


Water & Wind Proof

Protects against winter chills


Full Body Mosquito Net

Stop bites on hot summer nights


Ergonomic Backpack

Adjustable shoulder & chest straps


Storage Pockets

4 pockets - store over 20kg


Secret lockable pocket

With brass key lock

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How your donated Backpack Bed makes a difference

Backpack Bed for Homeless thank you postcard
Thank you notes from homeless Backpack Bed recipients

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