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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.
People forced to bug out are called "refugees." Google it and count the number of times that word appears each day, even in the US. Do YOU need to prepare for this? Ask yourself the following questions. How you answer them will determine if this book will have any value to you:
1) If forced to evacuate your home, do you think you and your family would be better off on your own, having prepared an escape plan and having gathered supplies for that escape?
2) Or are you content with the possibility of being forced to evacuate with thousands of other people into a place like the Superdome, with scant personal belongings, kept under armed guard, and completely dependent on this government (or worse, another one operating under martial law) to provide for and protect you and your family just like the citizens of New Orleans were after Hurricane Katrina? This same scenario will happen during another natural disaster, a terrorist strike, a chemical spill, a huge fire, or massive civil unrest. Read the papers, these things happen all the time.
Creek Stewart does an excellent job itemizing exactly what makes up a practical Bug Out Bag (BOB). Not only does he explain the value of each item, he also mentions where you can get them and often suggests alternatives. The part I liked best about this book was towards the end when Stewart talks about the absolute importance of practicing with your BOB and identifies challenges, item by item, which will give you confidence in what you are doing and identify weaknesses in your preparations. Stewart suggests not only learning how to light a camp stove, but also how to start a fire and once you've mastered that, doing it at night and after a rain. These are real situations you may actually face and skills which could mean the difference between life and death.
If you do not have much outdoors experience, don't be discouraged. The task of building a Bug Out Bag may appear daunting and expensive but you would probably be amazed at how many resources you have available to you right this very minute in your own home. Read Creek Stewart's book, make a bug out plan, and start gathering up materials readily available to you right now. Spend a day doing this even though you may not right away get the perfect BOB together or have the best quality materials. Collect common things you may have around the house like a day pack, a fire source (a disposable lighter), a light source (a small flashlight or headlamp) a basic shelter and ground cover (plastic sheeting), rope or twine, a small metal pan, your important papers and documents, plastic bottles for water, soup packets, energy bars, a sleeping bag and emergency season-appropriate clothing (remember the mantras: "Wear Layers" and "Cotton Kills"). The immediate goal is to stay hydrated, warm and dry.
All these items simply gathered into one spot will give you a great start on building a complete kit and probably put you ahead of more than 95% of the population in emergency preparedness without spending an extra penny. Even being a little bit ready for it gives you an edge on disaster.
Stewart does a great job encouraging you to look at your BOB and your evacuation plan as an ongoing process, which can be an enjoyable thing, even a hobby. If you can't afford to buy everything at once (like most of us), at least prepare a want list, get together what you can and upgrade or add pieces every time you go to the store or have a little extra money. Stewart does make a point of identifying "must haves" ahead of "nice to haves."
I also liked that Stewart included a section on preparing to bug out pets. This is an area I had not really considered fully. It really struck home to think about the possibility of leaving behind our beloved family members in an emergency because we hadn't prepared for them and we didn't have the resources or ability to take them with us.
You are not a crazy wacko if you start preparing like this. All you are required to do is imagine what would happen if the safe and sound veneer of your everyday life is suddenly torn away and you were forced from your home, even for just a few days. Start putting 2 and 2 together. Have you ever been to a garage sale and seen a nice, sturdy wagon selling for a couple of bucks? That wagon gives you the ability to easily move small children, old dogs and extra supplies many miles, but it is also a plaything for the child and useful around the yard when the world isn't falling apart around you.
I would like to add one item which Stewart does not mention and that would be to prepare and pack a basic Kindle or similar e-reader because of their long battery life after charging (unlike a Fire, an I-Pad or similar back-lit tablet). After I finished reading Stewart's book, the first thing I thought was how valuable it would be to actually be able to pack books like this in the BOB. How much better would it be to have a whole series of books which would serve as an entire library of survival reference material, reading material and spiritual support which weighed only a few ounces and, carefully managed, with even a partial charge could easily last for 72 hours, if not several weeks! All you need is a waterproof container.