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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Books; 4/25/12 edition (May 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440318743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440318740
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,110 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"How to Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag is the perfect Kindle book to help you with the building your own Bug Out Bag!" --Before It's

About the Author

Creek Stewart is the founder, owner and lead instructor of Willow Haven Outdoor, a school teaching survival, preparedness and bushcraft. He is a recognized expert and consultant for individuals, corporations, non-profits and U.S. government agencies. Creek has contributed his expertise or been featured in television, print, and online media such as The Weather Channel, Fox & Friends, Men's Fitness magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Outdoor Life magazine, Lifehacker, The Daily Beast,, MSN News, and Huffington Post. He regularly posts survival-related articles and free preparedness tutorials at the popular website, and is active on Facebook as WillowHavenOutdoor. Other bestselling and popular books from Creek include Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag, The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide, and Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle.

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Creek's survival knowledge comes from experience. His life-long study of outdoor living and survival skills is backed by 1000′s of man-hours in the field.

Creek is a frequent guest survival expert in the media and has been featured on/in Fox & Friends, Men's Fitness Magazine, Backpacker Magazine, Outdoor Life Magazine, WGN-TV, WISH-TV 8, The Weather Channel and countless radio and on-line events.

He is a regular contributing author to the hugely popular men's interest blog and his survival writings have been featured on 1000′s of web-sites including Huffington Post, MSN News, Lifehacker and The Daily Beast.

Creek is the author of Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit which has consistently been an best-selling title. His latest book is titled The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide which teaches the primitive survival skills mentioned in the best-selling book series The Hunger Games.

Creek started leading survival course trips at the age of 21. Creek is the owner and founder of Willow Haven Outdoor.

Creek regularly posts survival related articles and free preparedness tutorials on his own blog at

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It is well written and easy to read.
Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit Creek Stewart Is a great book with some very helpful ideas in it.
This is a very informative book with so much useful information.
Richard J. Duhe

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196 of 201 people found the following review helpful By T.A.L. Dozer VINE VOICE on May 7, 2012
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How to Get the Most Out of B.O.B.

"Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit" by Creek Stewart is a well-thought-out book that is clearly formatted and illustrated to help convey the information within. The format of this book reminds me of another excellent book titled "Build the Perfect Survival Kit" by John McCann, that I also highly recommend. This book is excellent for the novice and experienced Prepper, as well as the conventional camper and survivalist. This book provides an excellent blueprint for compiling components for a Bug Out Bag (BOB), as well as selecting the perfect BOB to carry all the discussed gear and components. The gear discussed in this book covers everything from field camping tools (pocket tools, ax, shovels, etc.), hygienic items, various environmental clothing, lightweight shelters (tarps, etc.), field bedding (sleeping bags, hammocks, etc.), water purification, rations and ignition systems for fire making. All the equipment discussed in this book predominantly focuses on the items being lightweight and provide multiple use items, which is a common theme when selecting items for survival situation. Additionally, this book provides a host of inset text boxes providing valuable survival tips, in addition to the information instructing you how to develop your own BOB. This book also had a few interesting chapters that stood out to me that I think are worth mentioning. Chapter 13 covers information on protection and self-defense, with some discussion of the self-defense mentality. Although this chapter was very brief it did however cover all the salient points, as this topic alone could be its own book.
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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful By J. Robideau TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 3, 2013
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While many books about bug-out-bags are full of lists with little in the way of detailed information, this book bucks the trend!

The amount of information contained in this book about the various aspects of the bug-out-bag is dizzying. The author doesn't just provide lists, but for each item, he explains it's purpose, your options, and alternatives. He discusses the pros and cons of the different types of each particular piece of gear like stoves, packs, shelters, etc. He explains the situations where each option might be superior to the other. The author is not dogmatic about one particular method, setup, or piece of gear. He offers up the information for you, the reader, to make an educated decision.

This book even includes information about bugging out with children, pets, or handicapped persons.

Fantastic illustrating photos are found throughout this book. They are well sized and formatted so that they perfectly complement the commentary and help to clarify exactly what the author is explaining.

Highly recommended for:
- Preppers or survivalists who want to be ready to go on the move in a disaster or emergency situation
- Anyone who wants to tweak their BOB and make sure they aren't missing an important piece of gear
- Anyone with questions about the contents of a Bug Out Bag

If you enjoy reading about survival and prepping, I also recommend Ultralight Survival: Make a Small and Light Bug Out Bag That Could Save Your Life for specific advice on creating the lightest and most efficient bug-out-bag possible.
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The Bug Out Bag is a 72 hour emergency kit, and covers many situations, so this is a good book to read, in my opinion. For example, I did have a cigarette lighter and a box of matches but the author discusses firestarting (using mag strip strike lighter, like camping emergency gear) and also PETS.

Oh!!! How many of us have pets (a third of us, including me!) so to avoid a repeat of the Katrina pet situation, you need a fold out food and water bowl and some food. I discovered our pet store locally has freeze-dried cat food that is more compact and very nutritious. Can be eaten right out of the pouch. For dogs, the author packs a mini-pack that a dog could wear (a big dog, not a Yorkie.) Big dogs eat more, so they get to tote their own chow. When I built a grab-and-go pack, I didn't have a dog. Now I have two. So this book alerted me to how to handle the pooch situation.

The author discusses bag styles, the issues of traveling solo versus with a family, the order to pack (cooking on bottom, clothes and bedding on top) and how much of what to have for 3 days of disaster. Even more important, how to store and rotate the stock items, how to purify water (because your bottles may run out) and much more. There are tables for what to bring for how many. Oh boy! I did NOT have a tarp. What about one of those single sleeping bag shelters? Sleeping bag? What about an inflatable mat? My bag is too small for a 72 hour emergency! Good thing I read this!

By the way, this is the WEATHER RADIO I have in my livingroom, but I packed an
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