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Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit

by Creek Stewart


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Be Ready When Disaster Strikes

If an unexpected emergency or disaster hits, are you prepared to leave your home—fast? You will be if you follow the advice in this book.

This book shows you how to create a self-contained disaster preparedness kit to help you survive your journey from ground zero to a safer location. Survival expert Creek Stewart details from start to finish everything you need to gather for 72 hours of independent survival—water, food, protection, shelter, survival tools, and so much more.

You'll find:

   • A complete Bug Out Bag checklist that tells you exactly what to pack based on your survival skill level
   • Photos and explanations of every item you need in your bag
   • Resource lists to help you find and purchase gear
   • Practice exercises that teach you how to use almost everything in your bag
   • Demonstrations for multi-use items that save pack space and weight
   • Specific gear recommendations for common disasters

The book even includes special considerations for bugging out with children, the elderly, the physically disabled, and even pets.

A disaster could strike your home at any moment. Are you prepared to face the devastating aftermath? Protect yourself and your family by building a Bug Out Bag today!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440318740
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/18/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 209,957
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.60(d)

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Meet BOB-The Bug Out Bag 10

Getting to Know BOB

Four Key Attributes of a Bug Out Bag

Chapter 2 The Bug Out Bag: Choosing Your Pack 16

Backpack Styles

Size Does Matter

Key Features of a BOB

For Families, Does Everyone Need a BOB?

Stocking Your Pack

Chapter Organization

Disaster-Prone Considerations

Chapter 3 Water & Hydration 28


Water Purification On the Go

Water Filter Verses Water Purifier

Chapter 4 Food & Food Preparation 36

Bug Out Survival Food

Specific Suggested BOB Foods

Baby/Infant Food Items

Special Dietary Needs

Biannual Review

Food Preparation

BOB Cook Kit Contents

Convenience Items

Heat Sources

Pressurized Gas Stoves

Chapter 5 Clothing 52

Weather Appropriate

Clothing Specifications

Bug Out Clothing Guidelines

Protecting Your Feet

Cold Weather Essentials

Cold Weather Accessories

Rain Poncho

Durable Work Gloves


Chapter 6 Shelter & Bedding 62

BOB Shelter Option 1: Tarp Shelter

Tarp Shelter Insights

The Many Uses of a Tarp

BOB Shelter Option 2: Tent Shelter

Poncho Shelter

Bug Out Bedding

Bug Out Sleeping Bag

Ground Sleeping Pad

Chapter 7 Fire 76

Your Fire Kit

Ignition Sources

Fire-Starting Tinder

Building a Fire

Chapter 8 First Aid 86

Prepackaged First Aid Kits

First Aid Kit Containers

Kit Contents

Miscellaneous Medical Items

Personalizing Your First Aid Kit

Chapter 9 Hygiene 96

Public Hygiene

Personal Hygiene

BOB Personal Hygiene Pack Items

Chapter 10 Tools 102

Bug Out Tool 1: Survival Knife

Attributes of a Survival Knife

Four Great Survival Knives

BOB Tool 2: Multi-Tool


Chapter 11 Lighting 114

Low-Light or Nighttime Travel

Setting Up Camp in Low Light


Lighting Options

Alternate Light Sources

Chapter 12 Communications 120

Cell Phone

Emergency Radio

Important Documents

Cash Money

Area Map


Two-Way Radios

Note Pad and Pencil

Signaling Tools

Chapter 13 Protection & Self-Defense 128

The Ugly Truth

Self-Defense Mentality


Self-Defense Options

Bug Out Gun

Chapter 14 Miscellaneous Supplies 138

Extra items you will want during a Bug Out

Chapter 15 Bugging Out With Pets 146

Considerations and kits for household pets

Chapter 16 BOB Organization & Maintenance 150



Pack Organization

Bug Out Bag Biannual Review

Pack Storage and Maintenance

Chapter 17 Mental & Physical Preparedness 156

Mental Preparedness

Physical Preparedness

Key Practice Exercises

Chapter 18 The Bug Out Plan 162

The Bug Out Plan

Bug Out Vehicle

Bug Out Location

Chapter 19 Bug Out Resources & At-Home Exercises 172

Complete listings of where you can find Bug Out gear

Organizational Supply Checklists 190

Index 202

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