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Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit Paperback – May 18, 2012
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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.
I've read a lot of these books, and this the most useful by far (along with his book on a bug-out vehicle). He lists items you should consider, but always reminding you to pack what's relevant for you and your needs. For each item, he lists why you need it, the pros and cons of different brands, and why he prefers one over another. It's clear and concise, maybe four pages per item with photos. For a family, he packs a main bag with things like water purification, tent, camp stove etc, and personal clothing, then has bags for each family member with basics like clothing and water, depending on the ability of each person to carry a bag. There are checklists for each person, including babies, the elderly, and people in wheelchairs. He takes into consideration the necessity to carry small children and the need to restrict your load to a manageable weight, and different possible scenarios from driving a car, to having to get out and walk where you could push a stroller, to having to hike cross-country.
In terms of actually assembling my own family bags, this has been exactly what I needed. He packs for long-term survival: for example, not just disposable water bottles from the store, but three liters of water storage per person, and purification methods. And for crucial things like water and fire, he doubles up. Most items have illustrations on how to use them. For example, for a tarp he shows several ways to set up a simple but effective shelter, depending on the weather.
This book really guides you to learn and think about what you need. I rapidly went from being overwhelmed, to getting a good grasp on the subject. I was able to see why each item was really important, and if you have to carry it on your back, it's got to be edited to the essentials.
Best of all, at the end there is a list of things you should be doing to master the skills to use the equipment. Things like setting up your tent quickly and efficiently, or starting fires and boiling water or cooking a meal. If you really did need these things, the time to master them is not on the road in an emergency with stressed people. You want to be prepared and confident, with the equipment and skills necessary to take care of yourself and your family. Everything lends itself well to going camping, which is a great way to build skills and enjoy your bug-out-bag, accustom your family to living 'rough' and enjoying it. And you can fine-tune what you need, too.
If you follow this book, you will be prepared and confident. I highly recommend it. Don't muddle through; get this great guide.