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

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


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440318740
Publisher: F+W Media
Publication date: 05/18/2012
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 148,871
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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Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A friend gave me this book. I've been interested in prepping for quite some time but never quite knew where or how to get started. I did some research on-line but was a little overwhelmed. This book is the perfect 1st step for me. Creek outlines everything is a very easy to understand (and not overwhelming) way. And the good thing is that there are lots of photos - both of the gear and supplies as well as the items in action. My favorite part is his use and illustration of multi-functional products - I never knew a plain garbage bag could be used so many different ways for survival - or a TAMPON! Highly recommended!
shawnshine2 More than 1 year ago
Perfect Guide for the Beginner, Decent Checklists for the Pro I'll start by saying that most of the information contained in this book is readily available for free on the internet. What this book does is take that information and puts it into easy to follow categories and serves as a great resource & reference for the beginner prepper. Just the sheer amount of preparedness websites, blogs, articles, checklists, and retailers on the web will quickly discourage people from getting prepared for emergencies. I recommend this book because it distills down the most important elements, makes it easy to follow along, and provides some wise advice via many anecdotal experiences from the author. There's many similarities between preparing a "Bug out Bag" and an Emergency Kit for your home. With a few differences in the type of food, clothing, and container they have pretty much the same contents. For a novice this guide will get you to where you need to be in terms of preparedness for yourself and your family. If your the Ron Poppel type of person your probably not going to need this book because you'll buy a premade bag and "Set it & Forget it!". But if the safety and well-being of yourself and your family is of greater importance to you then start out with this book and learn what's important to have, why it's important, and above all, how to use it in an emergency. As I said earlier, most of this information can be found readily available scattered around on the web and I think it is definitely worth the time and effort to go out and get it, but, if you find it as intimidating as I did to ask the question, "Well, what do I do to get prepared?" and see all that information to go through, then you will be grateful that this author has taken the time to do most of the work for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had heard and read alot about this book and just finished it on my Nook. I was not disappointed. The autor, Creek Stewart is a very intelligent, positive force in all that he does. I would rate Creek as one of the top 10 outdoorsman, period. Yes, we're talking Les Stroud and Cody Lundeen good. Creek has a style that pulls you in and holds you as he shows you in this book. No BS, no puffery, just all the information you need in a concise format and as far as I could see he left nothing out. With great visual aids on each topic and no it's my way or the highway attitude. A great book, with great information. Bravo Creek!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gret book , its a great resource for anyone interested in anything to do with the outdoors or prepping. I am in the process off putting a bag together and have read a lot on the subject. I wish I had found this book first as it is the best resource I have found.
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