Build The Perfect Bug Out Bag – Your 72 Hour Disaster Survival Kit

Build The Prefect Bug Out Bag – Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival KitBOB
By Creek Stewart
Better Way Home Books

Please read the review and the details that follow for a chance to win a copy of this book.

In a recent poll on the The Prepper Website, readers were asked, “How often have you used your bug out bag?”  Out of 210 voters, 26% (54 votes) said “I don’t have a bug out bag!”  I have to admit, that is more than I thought.  However, I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t admit that I don’t have one either – yet.

My plan in an emergency was always to bug in.  Instead of having a bug out bag, I have a bug in closet (BIC – 🙂 ).  However, my scenario has changed in the last few months and I can now say that I have a Bug Out Location (BOL) that I can call my home away from home.  So Creek’s book couldn’t have come at a better time.  I’ve read many articles on BOBs and linked to many on the site, but this book is the Bug Out Bag Bible (BOBB).  As school is ending in the next few days, building my BOB is something that I want to accomplish with the whole family, and having this book will help me to not make some noob mistakes.

A quick thumb through of the book will inform you that there are 19 chapters and a whole lot of pictures!  Chapter topics range from “the why” to choosing your pack, fire, water, self-defense, bugging out with pets, bug out plans and much much more.  Again, Creek is very thorough in detailing the subject of creating and maintaining your BOB.

A couple of the features that I enjoyed in the book are the Survival Quick Tips, multiple lists and reference websites/companies.

Survival Quick Tips – Every chapter contained survival quick tips on the topic that was being discussed.  Some of the tips I have read and heard of before (I read a lot as I find articles to link to on the site), however, some were new to me with Creek always providing his own personal touch.

Lists – The lists are very important if you want to be systematic about covering all your bases.  It is easy to get carried away in preparedness and think that buying stuff is equal to being prepared, believe me I know.   The book also gives you the information on how to download a very helpful BOB inventory sheet.

Reference Websites/Companies – The book provides the reader with a ton of resources when it comes to useful websites to visit and companies that sell supplies that were discussed.  Creek even breaks up the reference lists into categories.  So for instance, if you are wanting to research or learn where to buy “Canister Stoves,” there are websites that are listed to help you in your search.  It is easy to spend hours, if not days, checking out these sites.

For those who don’t have the time to assemble all the inventory that should be in a BOB, there is a section that describes the “Quickie BOB.”  Creek mentions how he is a believer in quality gear, however, the “Quickie Bob” details how everything needed for a “sufficient” BOB can be found at your local Walmart.  The section even details the specific items you would need for each category to complete your BOB.

Again, there is so much detailed in the book that by the time you finish, you will know exactly what needs to be done to build the perfect bug out bag.  I highly recommend this book for every prepper and survivalist…especially those new to the concept and lifestyle of preparedness.  You can order the book on Amazon (click below).

Creek Stewart is the owner of Willow Haven Outdoor in Central Indiana.  You can visit his website at



Win a copy of Build The Prefect Bug Out Bag – Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit

Creek has graciously provided two signed copies of his book as a give-a-way.  This contest will be run strictly from the comment section below.  In order to enter, please answer one of these 3 questions in the comment section below (my answers follow):

  1. How old were you when you built your first Bug Out Bag?

  2. What do you consider the top 5 items in your Bug Out Bag?

  3. What have you chosen for your Bug Out Survival Knife?

The contest starts today and will end on June 5, 2012.  On that date, I will count the number of entries and use the random number generator at to choose two numbers.  The winners will be announced on this page as well as emailed.  Good luck!

My answers:

  1. How old were you when you built your first Bug Out Bag? – I first became familiar with the term BOB when I became interested in preparedness in late 2009 (read my story here).  As mentioned above, I currently don’t have a BOB.  However, I have everything that would go into a BOB.  This summer, I plan to purchase my first bag, with the advice that Creek provides, and build one for each of my family members.  I’m 40.

  2. What do you consider the top 5 items in your Bug Out Bag? – The items that I have stored that are the most important in my eyes are water, food, multiple ways to make fire, first aid items and extra clothing including cold weather undergarments and socks.

  3. What have you chosen for your Bug Out Survival Knife? – I own the Gerber 31-000751 Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife.  A quick note – I had my eyes on this knife for a while.  Although Amazon sells it for around $36 now, at the time I bought it, I never saw it for less than $49.99.  But one day as I was looking up something on Walmart’s online store, I noticed that it was selling for $29.99.  I couldn’t pass it up.  Till this day, I have never seen it at that price again.I also own a Kershaw Scallion Frame Lock Knife and a Boker Plus Urban Survival Folding Knife for EDC.  However, I mostly EDC the Boker because I am an assistant principal and it has an accessory for the top of the knife that makes it look like a pen that is just clipped to my pocket!