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Build the Perfect Survival Kit Paperback – April 5, 2005
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John is the author of "Build the Perfect Survival Kit," now in its 2nd Edition, "Stay Alive! Survival Skills You Need," and Practical Self-Reliance - Reducing Your Dependency on Others. He has written dozens of articles and has been published in "Field and Stream," "Wilderness Way," where he was featured on the cover, "Self-Reliance Illustrated," and "Survival Quarterly Magazine." He has appeared on the "Martha Stewart Show" teaching how to build a survival kit. He also has various YouTube videos teaching skills.
He is the founder and owner of Survival Resources, a company that designs and builds custom survival kits, and sells products related to survival and emergency preparedness. He can be contacted at www.SurvivalResources.com
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"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
Water and Food
Shelter and Protection
Knives and Tools
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.
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.
While I worry that the book has a shorter shelf life than most because of the rapidly changing life cycle of gear right now (Dec 2008) this is a good read.
With that said, the book overall is a practical resource and idea generating report. The resources listed in the back of the book and its recommended reading list is the books strength but for the expert you might not find anything new. But as a compliment to your survival library one or two ideas might be gleaned.
The book is replete with photos but color photos would have been better as it is hard to see and describe some of the items you are actually looking at (especially for the beginner.)
At the top of McCann's list of preferred suppliers are CAMPMOR and Brigade Quartermaster to name a few. The book is redundant but was designed that way in order to teach how to assemble the most minimal to largest kit. Practically written but YAWN I was looking for something more informational.
The survival tips are few but again it was purposefully not designed for that. There are some tidbits of survival wisdom within the pages as the author is an experienced survival expert, some idea generating tips for assembling equipment like making a survival stove with a NUWICK candle, food, water, shelter... all the basics so, it would be wise to assemble at least a minimal kit for your car or truck. As in the book however building a kit is a process best done slowly as your budget allows. And having some equipment on hand in an emergency just makes sense. Preparedness.
The book does not include everything that you might need or want in your kit: car, truck or boat and had some glaring drawbacks.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read over 20 books in this category. It is the most informative. It is an easy read. I bought it so I would always have it on my Kindle.Published 5 months ago by Kindle Customer
Looks like a good book and it came in good condition. Thank you.Published 11 months ago by johnnychuck2012
When I look for a book on survival and/Prepping I want a book that tells me the WHY as much or more than the WHAT and this is the best Survival Kit book I have found so far for... Read morePublished 14 months ago by BILL13414
A good primer for the creation of your bag. Ultimately you will adjust it to suit your needs.Published 14 months ago by T.scrivner