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

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

by: Creek Stewart


Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit is an in depth guide to building a customized kit in case your family needs to leave home due to a disaster.


The information in this book seems to come primarily from the author’s teaching experience and personal knowledge.


The first part of the book makes the case for building your own 72 hour kit in a backpack, instead of buying one. Then there is a chapter dedicated to each of the twelve categories of gear that the author considers essential. Each chapter has enough detail to provide an good overview of the most common options available, without getting bogged down in covering every facet of the topics. After this category coverage, there is a sample walk-through of taking a trip to the store and putting together an example bug out bag. The back of the book has a resources section with multiple web links for different manufacturers and gear retailers to aid in additional research. There are also multiple checklists for picking out supplies and doing an inventory review of your bag’s contents.


This book will help you go through the process of building a portable 72 hour kit to “bug out” in case of an emergency. It is very well organized with a good level of detail for the likely audience. The Kindle version of this book is currently a bargain at only $2.99.

  The author says in the beginning of the text that “You should be able to reach a safe destination with access to supplies within a 72-hour time frame” and plans his concept of the bug out bag accordingly. However, it isn’t until the last quarter of the book that he covers the concept of bug out locations and puts this opinion in a more complete context.



Wyatt Johnson

Wyatt has been writing articles and running RealisticPreparedness since 2012. Bushcraft, fieldcraft, personal defense, and urban survival are all areas of interest. He is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

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