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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publications (April 5, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873499670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873499675
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 5.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John D. McCann has an extensive background in wilderness survival and travel safety and security.

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I thought it was well written and had very good advice.
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The book also contains appendices listing additional training and reading resources, as well as a comprehensive list of companies offering survival kit items for sale.
Michael Chesbro
The Build the Perfect Survival Kit book is an excellent reference guide to build your Bug Out Bag (BOB) or 72 hour bag.
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117 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Gary on October 6, 2006
Format: Paperback
The phrase Survival Kit is in the title of this book, and that is exactly what is presented. Survival techniques are not the focus of this book, but assembling survival kits for various situations. In that regard, this book is extremely thorough giving many examples of assembling survival kits for just about every scenario be it personal, vehicle, boat, etc. He also provides many examples of the different survival tools available and where you can obtain these tools. There aren't an abundance of survival techniques in this book, but that was not the author's goal. It's also a pretty dry read and when the author reveals what he carries with him at all times, I thought he was joking. He carries on 3 keychains something like 2 micro flashlights, 2 knives, a multitool, metal aspirin container, fire tinder in another aspirin container, and about 4 different tools for fire starting. And, that's just what I remember off the top of my head. He carries this stuff around all the time. While I find that overkill, the kits and all the tool recommendation make this book rate high for what it is. A guide to assembling survival kits. For actual techniqes, I'd go with another book. ***Added 1/25/12*** The author has a new book out called Stay Alive! which is an A-Z book on survival. Check it out.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chesbro on January 23, 2008
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One of the most common questions asked by people interested in survival is: what should I put in my survival kit?

"Build the Perfect Survival Kit" answers that question in great detail. Learn how to build everything from small pocket-size kits, to large vehicle kits.

After explaining the basics of personal survival kits, you will learn about items to add to your survival kit for:
Fire and Light
Signaling
Navigation
Water and Food
Shelter and Protection
Knives and Tools
Medical
Multi-purpose components
Miscellaneous components

You will then read about how to select proper containers for your survival kit and how to assemble kits of various sizes, for multiple purposes.

The book also contains appendices listing additional training and reading resources, as well as a comprehensive list of companies offering survival kit items for sale.

Development of survival kits is discussed in detail, and there are several photographs that add to the quality of the instruction offered by this book.

This is not a `survival skills' manual, but as one would expect from the title, "Build the Perfect Survival Kit", a manual on building the kits that allow you to have an easier time employing the survival skills you have learned elsewhere.

For anyone interested in survival, "Build the Perfect Survival Kit" is a must read book.
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 26, 2005
Format: Paperback
A good book for anyone interested in putting together a kit for those times when life throws you a curve ball. It is well written and makes you think. While Mr. McCann does provide exstensive lists and gear reviews, the book is more about understanding how to put a kit together and figuring out what works for you. If you are allready famailar with the idea of building kits, you wont find anything earth shattering, however the book is still worth getting.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jason Evans on July 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you buy only one book to help you prepare your own disaster/emergency/survival kit, pick up a copy of Build the Perfect Survival Kit by John D. McCann, published in 2005 by Krause Publications. This book does an excellent job at breaking down the "what" and "why" for kits of different sizes, ranging from a mini-kit to keep in a pocket or purse to a large kit to stick in a small airplane in the event of a crash over the wilderness.

His category breakdown is Fire & Light, Water & Food, Shelter & Protection, Knives & Tools, Medical, Multipurpose, Miscellaneous. He gives advice for finding the right container for your kit from big to small and then tips for assembling and maintaing the kit. He also provides easy-to-use checklists and great resource lists and websites to help you get prepared.

Even if this book inspires you to keep a few emergency supplies into your vehicle or carry a mini-kit in your purse, it would be worth giving it a read. Once you're done though, you'll find yourself wanting to assemble a small fannypack kit or a medium backpack kit to throw in the car.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tradecraft TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2010
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Build the Perfect Survival Kit by John D. McCann is a book that goes into detail on the equipment one should consider when creating a survival kit. It is not a survival book or a `how to' book on wilderness or urban survival. The goal of this book is creating survival kits for different needs. The types of kits covered include: mini kits, small kits, medium kits, large kits and kits for vehicles, trucks, watercraft, snowmobile, ATV's, and planes. Regardless of your level of experience you should obtain good information from this book. Beginners will find a wealth of information and a great starting point.

Readers will learn about the eight categories of gear:

1. Fire and Light
2. Signaling
3. Navigation
4. Water and Food
5. Shelter and Protection
6. Knives and Tools
7. Multi-purpose Items
8. Miscellaneous Items

The main reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5 is that there were a few times where McCann talks about a piece of gear but then states he has never used it or tested it out. When reading this type of book I want information on what to put into the kit along with feedback as to the usefulness and quality of the items. McCann does provide a lot of good feedback but drops the ball on certain items.

After reading this book you will have a good idea of the kinds of gear to put into a kit that is INDIVIDUALIZED to your needs. Don't put together a kit based solely on what he uses as your level of skill and experience may not be the same.

Overall, I recommend this book as a good reference and starting point.
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