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.
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