Book Review – Bug Out by Scott B. Williams

Scott B. Willaims’ new book Bug Out is an excellent guide on what to take when you bug-out and more importantly, where you should bug-out to.   This book is geared towards those unfamiliar with camping or wilderness experience and lays out in detail his gear list and the reason behind each piece of equipment. 

He puts some fantasies to rest early on such as, “All I need to survive in the wilderness is a good knife.”  Very few people in the U.S. right now could accomplish this feat and he quickly points out that if you try it you might wind up a statistic.  Once your food is gone you’d better start looking for a resupply because finding your own in the wilderness is tricky for someone with experience, much less someone who’s only been camping a few times.  Another thing he advises is for people to test their gear.  You’ve heard me say it before and you’ll hear me say it again, but it’s nice to hear someone else saying it too.  Test your gear! 

I don’t necessarily agree with all of his gear choices; however, that’s merely the difference between two outdoorsmen with different experiences and philos0phies.  You certainly can’t go wrong by using his gear list and as you gain experience you can make your own choices about what goes in your BOB.  That’s what experience is for.

Scott also describes different ways to bug-out such as by automobile, boat, bicycle, and walking and shares ideas on the good and bad points of each. 

The book is broken up into two sections:  the first talks about gear, ways to bug out, etc, and the second is an encylopedia about where  to bug-out to.  If you need to bug-out to the wilderness, but are unsure of where to go this book will help you find a place.  

Scott has a lot of experience camping in the wild and it shines through in his writing.   

Jarhead Survivor

BTW:  In his book he talks about cooking over  a tripod made of green wood.  I checked his website today and he has a video showing how he does it.  I’ve never seen this method before and I’m looking forward to trying it out the next time I head out into the woods.  Check it out over at Bug-Out Survival

7 comments… add one
  • Bubblehead Les November 24, 2010, 1:03 pm

    Looks like I’ll be buying myself a Christmas Present soon. Thanks!

  • j.r. guerra in s. tx. November 24, 2010, 1:48 pm

    I’ve also enjoyed reading that book – some good advice in 1st chapters on what you should consider taking with you if you have to BO.

    I’ve read quite a few real-life accounts of survival over the years, first in Outdoor Life’s THIS HAPPENED TO ME page cartoon series, later whole books. From these experiences, the most important thing I’ve noticed which defined the survivor was that they quickly found out that Mother Nature doesn’t give a flip whether you live or die or are comfortable or not. If you want to feel sorry for yourself, no problem, but it won’t change a thing after you get over your hissy fit – you are still in same situation. So take stock in everything you have, decide a course of action and do whatever it takes.

    Easy for me to say, as I’ve never been in a truly dangerous scenario. My ‘survival’ experiences are merely self-induced ‘camp outs’ where I know where I am, and how to get out if it gets too hard (never had to, but there it is). I’ve slowly been weaning myself from creature comforts, learning to do without or create myself.

  • Jarhead Survivor November 24, 2010, 2:33 pm

    @j. r. guerra – the worst thing that ever happened to me was breaking my leg 40 miles in on the 100 Mile Wilderness here in Maine. You are absolutely right about Mother Nature being indifferent to pain and suffering. I can fully attest to that. :-) I also learned not to put all my faith in electronic gizmos to get me out of tough situations. Cell phones (no service) and GPSs (batteries die). Great gadgets, but don’t rely on them on your ass could be in a serious sling. Maybe I’ll write a post about that little adventure some time.

    • Anonymous November 24, 2010, 10:26 pm

      That’s for sure. I find GPS to be a really expensive item that, in my needs and area, isn’t worth the effort. Better to get a good topo map and KNOW your area that you’ll be in (only can do this by experience). If you can’t get around without the toys, you can’t get out without them either. It’s best to just stay homd snd watch Oprah.

      • No ME Preppy November 24, 2010, 10:28 pm

        That was me BTW. (an example of gadgets not working perfectly)

        • Jarhead Survivor November 25, 2010, 7:03 am

          I couldn’t agree more about the topo map and compass!

  • Dave November 24, 2010, 3:57 pm

    Honestly, I’ve put my BOB together and its not something that I actually when in store and bought tons of different stuff and spent lots of money but rather just a regular backpack I found home that dates back from high school and just take a few things here and there at home.

    I did include things such as a pocket knife, flat screwdriver(can be used as a weapon, prying stuff, a tool etc), cotton swabs, hygiene stuff, tampax lol(good for absorbing blood in case of wounds), a pair of socks, rope, and a few non perishable foods and other things aswell.

    I’ve seen a few vid on BOB’s on youtube but most people never put any food or water and honestly, if something were to happen the first thing to go away is food and water.

    Oh yeah and one last thing; I live in the middle of a big city and theres a lot of things on most BOB’s that wouldnt work for me since I guess the circumstance I’d go through would much differ from someone who actually lives in a more rural place.


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