Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag Review
Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag is written by Creek Stewart, owner of Willow Haven Outdoor, a leading survival and preparedness training facility in Indiana, APOCABOX, Whiskey Knives, host of The Weather Channel’s Fat Guys in the Woods series, and his parents run the Not If But When Survival Store. When it comes to survival, this man lives and breathes it.
Due to his training through Willow Haven Outdoors he covers the topic of building your Bug Out Bag specifically,with countless students, backpacking across the world personally, and years of training he wrote this book confident of his abilities in making the perfect bug out bag.
I wrote a guide on how to make the perfect bug out bag before reading Creek’s book, after spending the day reading through the 208 pages I went back to revise some of the information, but for the most part through my research and various sources, I was pretty damn close to what Creek suggests in the book, so I’m happy about that.
Who is Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag For?
First off I want to say, I loved it! It was easy to read and offered a lot of advice with some great tips on things I wound’t have thought of. One example is putting a small rock in the corner of an emergency blanket and tieing a rope around it, this creates a tie-down in a blanket without grommets.
This book is designed with the beginner preppers in mind, however Creek offers three categories of BOB items depending on your survivalist skill levels.
P1 – The most skilled person and requires the least amount of gear to survive;
P2 – The average “Joe” with some degree of survival skills, but not at confident as P1;
P3 – The “I don’t know anything and rely only on my gear” type person.
Most readers I believe will fit into the P2 category, but it’s okay if you’re a P3, at least you’re getting started. The P1 people more than likely already have figured out the perfect BOB for themselves over the years and may not find this as useful as the rest of us, and that’s okay too.
Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag Overview
The book starts with a great introduction as to why you need a BOB, what it is, and all the disaster scenarios you may come across. It does come slightly across as paranoia, but then again being prepared for anything is the main goal. The intro is a great prep to get you thinking, “holy crap I need to start building my BOB now!”
After the intro it gets right into the business of choosing your BOB pack. The style, size, key features to look for, and more are covered in this chapter.
After the backpack there are twelve more categories that range from Water & Hydration (pg. 28) to Protection & Self-Defense (pg. 128). Each category covers what is necessary, why it’s needed, and how to use it. I don’t want to rewrite the book in the review so I’ll say this…
The information provided in each chapter is impressive. From the quick tips, to multi-use item notes, and of course the deep explanations and uses for each suggested item, there is a ton of value packed into Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag. It was well written and easy to understand making it beginner friendly, which is great to see. I also liked how Creek included a chapter on BOB maintenance. This was on the back of my mind but I wasn’t really sure the right way to go about it. Creek covers how he does his and suggests why you should do the same or similar. There is also a link in the book to a downloadable checklist you can print, laminate, and use for your bi-annual checkups.
With all the good stuff in the book, I couldn’t help noticing something I found odd. Some of the images/caption placements didn’t coincide with the paragraphs on the page. This may just be me and not affect you at all, but it’s something that stuck out. For example, on page 92 the subject is about mirrors and emergency survival blankets, but the top left picture is of rubber gloves with tweezers and safety pins, below is insect repellent and a survival blanket, and the third is the mirror. Back on the previous page is where the gloves and repellent are mentioned. I’ve already “forgot” about them since I’ve moved onto the next topic. Flip over to page 94 and at the top is a picture of a different type of signal mirror and separate picture of an emergency blanket… seems a little redundant to me.
Maybe the redundancy and design choice only bothers me because I used to do page layout for a living. From a design point of view it makes sense to use the photos to fill space, but from a readers point of view not so much. As I said, that’s just me, but I noticed it a few times throughout the book.
Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag Summary
Overall, Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag is an excellent book and I’m happy to add it to my library. It definitely will come in handy again and again as a review piece or even to share with family and friends so they too can get in the mindset of preparation and survival. Check the current price on Amazon now.
- Easy to read
- Broken down into categories
- Thorough explanations
- Many pictures to show what Creek describes
- Free checklist
- Great gear recommendations and were to buy them
- Example practice exercise to become familiar with using your gear
- Images/captions sometimes in odd places, impeding flow of reading
- Would like to see chapters in order of importance
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