Update to the review
I am not going to try to get to a bug out location. I am going to carry two weeks of food for my sister and I in our bug out bags. This is more than long enough for natural disasters, and in a WTSHTF scenario in two weeks the junkies will be better in control of their addiction, Order may be re-instated by then, and the people causing all of the chaos will begin to understand they need people with skills they lack about survival, preserving meat and vegetables for the fall and winter. Then a person who has skill sets such as mine will be worth having around.
There is one area that I strongly disagree with the author. He had ONE compass in his bug out bag. You REALLY need redundancy in compasses. If you think your primary compass is giving faulty data check the direction with another compass. I too carry a Boy Scout compass like the author because a map compass; is one great tool to have! You also do not want to get your pack do heavy it is too heavy. I carry a little piece of wood that is a pattern I use to make alcohol stoves. This piece of wood only weighs at most 1/2 an ounce so I bought several 20 mm button compasses like they issue to SAS British soldiers and Air force pilots and glued a backup compass onto the wood, and on top of the cord lock of my four stuff sacks. These little button compasses only weigh about 1/8th ounce each so adding five backup compasses only added 3/4 ounce of weight to my pack.
I agree with most of the material in this book; but there are some issues in this book I have problems with.
The book has the premise of surviving for 72 hours until you get to your bug out lication.
There is one major problem with this concept.
There is no guarantee that the stuff you store in your bug out location will be there when you need it.
I would NEVER bug in, or use a bug out location.
If I were to have more material than I could carry I would break it up into a series of packs, and take a pack and hike out to a remote location near a land mark such as a tree, rock, mountain peak, etc and bury the pack and hike or drive home then a few days or weeks later go bury another bag.
Then WTSHTF I will have multiple packs of food, ammunition, fuel that I could dig up and use to keep me going.
Here are other problems I have with the book.
1. The. Author recommends purifying water by boiling or using water purifying tablets.
I would not recommend either method. The problem with these methods are. Boiling requires fuel. Burning wood causes smoke. Smoke attracts attention. In a survival situation attracting attention can be dangerous. His other recommendation was using water purification tablets. This is not a good idea either because most water purifying tablets. Use iodine. Iodine can be dangerous for people with compromised thyroid glands.
In my bug out bag I carry 3 ozs ofvboth iodine and Clorox to purify water. I have hypothyroidism and iodine is dangerous for me to use.
2. The author recommends MREs. I would deffinately recommend people avoid MREs. Pack what you already eat. In a survival situation with stress that is not the time to eat foods you may or may not like.
Myself I am packing a lot of rice but I eat and like rice. Rice is an amazing grain. It will absorb the flavors it is cooked with, and filling some days I will have plain rice others I will add chicken bouillon , Bear Creek Chilli mix, Bear Creek broccoli and cheese soup mix with the rice I can eat rice every day but it never tastes the same way twice. Instant rice cooks in five minutes meaning it needs little fuel to cook. Lastly 40 servings of rice only weighs about 4 pounds the flavoring enhancers for rice only adds another pound to my pack.
3. He recommends burning wood or using a pressurized stove that you use gasoline, Coleman fuel, or kerosene.
I would NEVER use those fuels.
Wood fire causes smoke. In a survival situation smoke can be seen for miles, and could attract the roving bands you saw after hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and now the looters in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandra now.
A pressurized stove that burns gasoline, Coleman fuel, or Kerosene will weigh at least 3-4 pounds. A gallon of fuel for the stove weighs 8-9 pounds, and a gallon of fuel will only last 3-4 days of cooking.
I make alcohol burning cook stoves out of soda and juice cans. In these stoves you burn denatured alcohol, Heet in the yellow bottles. These fuels burn cleanly and there is no smoke to attract attention. With these fuels and effic ient stoves you can cook a meal on 1 fl OZ of fuel. A gallon of alcohol, and two of these stoves can cook food for two months if you cook two meals a day. If you carry a VERY efficient stove like the Elite from MiniBull Design, the V8 stiove by Intense Outdoor Gear, the Rollover stove by Smokeater908, or the Cobalt Blue Soloist by Zellph Stoveworks you can cook a meal on 3/4 fl OZ of fuel so your fuel would last 25% longer.
4. In several places he talks of using mirrors, smoke, and bandanas for signaling. Signalling when you lost is one thing but in a bug out situation attracting attention can be deadly.
5. he recommends three ways to start a fire. I Agee with this 1000%! I have three ways to start a fire in my bug out bag.
a. Strike anywhere matches in a 35 mm film canister with a dessicant pack that I recharged in the microwave. Silica gel in desiccant packs absorb any mousture in the canister.
b. Bic lighter.
c. Fire steels I have three fire steels in my pack. Fire steel good for 3000 strikes in the handle of my Mora survival knife, "scout edition" by Light My Fire Sweedish fire steel good for 3000 strikes in my cook kit, then in my survival kit another fire steel 1/2 inch thick by 5 inch long good for 50,000 strikes, then on my key ring has another 3000 strike fire steel by Wilderness solutions
6. He recommends wet Fire fire starters wet fire are good fire starters but way too expensive to use as a fuel source.
7. PET balls. He recommends cotton balls or dryer lint mixed with petroleum jelly. He recommends making these PET balls in advance. I would make them up there on the spot because some if the fibers need to be left uncovered so they can catch fire more.easily.
Another good fire starter is dryer lint, saw dust, and melted candles.
8. Emergency blankets. The author said emergency blankets reflect 90% of the body heat. This is not true. Some emergency blankets reflect 90%. Virtually all of the Mylar emergency blankets only reflect 80% of the body heat so you need to read labels carefully.
9.he recommends carrying the survival knife outside the pack. I would never do that because you do not want to carry expensive tools in plain sight because you do not want the roving bands to kill you for yours tools and food. I will keep everything in my pack and wear old clothes just to stay under the radar.
10. He likes Mora knives from Sweden but he recommends thatbA Mora knife not be the survival knife because it is not full tang and the pommel cannot be used to drive in tent stakes.
Mora knives are the best knife you cam carry the Sweedish steel stays sharp a long time. If I need to hammer in a tent stake I will pick up a rock. I do have two backup knives in my survival kit.
11. Foldable shovel. He recommends a shovel in winter.
A shovel is vital no matter what season you bug out. You need to dig multiple holes, and the easiest way is a shovel. You need a shovel to dig a latrine, and other holes for solar stills.
12. He recommends the glow sticks where you break the glass vial and two chemicals produce light.
I think these are a waste of money and time because they work once for a few hours and you throw them away. I have two.1 a battery operated LED lamp, and a LED light on my keyring.
13. He recommends $500 in cash .
In a bug out situation money will be worthless.
14. Cell phones. He recommends keeping a cell phone with a solar or wind up charger. Because in survival situations survivors have been able to let their family know they were safe via text message.
I plan to keep my android phone because of the kindle app with my 700 kindle books with classic literature, books on gardening, survival guide, etc.
In a survival situation; the more skills you can bring to the table the better chance you have of staying alive.
15. Predators use chaos. This is very true . These predators are the ones that start these roving mobs. While one or two is set up to come through the front door the rest come through the back of the house while the home owner is dealing with the one or two in front. That fact is the one reason why I would never bug in, and those who have underground bunkers are sitting ducks. Throw a plastic bag over the vent, or start a fire around the vent, and wait for the people to come out for air snipers can easily pick them off.
16. He recommends resealable plastic bags to hold water. I
f you do this place bags in a safe place in your pack. You do not want them punctured, and do not fold the bags because the plastic becomes stressed at the creases, and could leak when you need it the most..
17. He recommends carrying water, food and fuel for your bug out,
I will carry food and fuel but I will not waste my energy carrying water. I will have enough water for 1 or 2 days . I will purify the water I need an hour or two before I need it.
I hope I gave you things to consider.