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Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit Paperback – May 18, 2012
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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 News.com
About the Author
Creek Stewart is the author of Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag, The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide, Build the Perfect Bug Out Vehicle, and Build the Perfect Bug Out Survival Skills. Creek regularly publishes articles relating to disaster preparedness in numerous magazines. He owns and is Lead Instructor at Willow Haven Outdoor--a survival, preparedness and bushcraft school located in central Indiana. Creek specializes in disaster preparedness and has consulted with individuals, corporations, non-profits and government agencies all over the United States about a myriad of preparedness-related subjects, projects and initiatives. He has been featured on Fox & Friends and is host of Fat Guys in the Woods on the Weather Channel.
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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.
"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. Another interesting chapter covered some basic information about bugging out with pets. This is a topic I have not seen covered in other books and found it enlightening. Finally, chapter 17 on mental and physical preparedness was another chapter providing the reader basic information on the topic, which is not generally covered in book of this type. I personally believe this to be one of the most important chapters in the book, without a strong body it is hard to keep a strong mind. And the mind is the most important tool the Prepper or survivalist will ever have. Overall I highly recommend this book and believe that the experienced and novice will learn something from this book.
The author is a bit of an extremist, so there are things he recommends that I'm just not going to do . . . like buying property outside my city, so I have somewhere to hide in case of a disaster. I'm also not going to keep an off-road vehicle, just in case I need to flee the city. Sure, it'd be nice, but not everyone can afford to be THAT prepared. However, there are a lot of really good suggestions that are more practical, especially if you commute and might find yourself needing to find your way home after an earthquake or other emergency situation.
The biggest thing I learned is that my emergency kit is woefully inadequate. True, having anything is better than having nothing. Up till now, I've had a wheeled carry-on suitcase filled with things I might need if we had to evacuate in a hurry. Food, water, a blanket, lantern, radio, batteries, spare clothing, stuff like that. The problem was, that suitcase probably weighs 50 pounds. I could wheel it behind me, sure, but if it came down to a situation where I needed to carry it, I wouldn't be able to. Having it eases some of my anxiety, and it's definitely better than not being prepared at all. But in reading this book, I realized that I need to be more practical. Also, I'm lacking several basic things, like a tarp, fire-starting tools, water filtration supplies, things that might actually help me survive outside the city. Another good point is that I need to pack based on the seasons, including warm clothing in autumn and winter, and swapping it out for lighter clothing in the spring and summer. I also need to have an emergency kit in the car, which I don't---yet!
After reading this book, I've been trying to upgrade my emergency kit, a little at a time. I hope I'll never need to use it. But the way things are, you just never know. After mentioning this book to my mother, she asked me to order her a copy, too. I'm thinking about ordering the paperback version for myself, too, just so I don't have to tie up one of my Kindle Unlimited slots.
If you're new to the concept of prepping, you might want to start with something a little lighter, like "Plan, Don't Panic," but as soon as you're comfortable with the notion of packing an emergency kit or "bug-out bag," you'll want to get this book, too. It's an excellent resource for anyone looking to improve their chances of surviving a natural disaster or other catastrophe. Try not to be put off by the author's obvious enthusiasm. He's really into survival and prepping, which is fine, but some of his suggestions might be a little extreme for those who are just looking to be a little more prepared. But he definitely knows his stuff!
I'll give this book five stars. Highly recommended to anyone who is looking to prepare for a disaster that might cause them to flee their home, or have to trek home from another location.