We always talk
about Bug Out Locations in the abstract: “I’ll grab my bag and
go” Go where? “The wilderness” is not an answer. If
you don’t have a specific location you are unprepared. Bug Out
contains a detailed list of 275 prime wilderness Bug Out Locations.
The Bug Out
Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster Before
It’s Too Late by Scott Williams is an excellent survival
book dedicated completely to your Bug Out Plan.
Scott was nice enough to send me a free copy of the book to review
here, but I’m going to give you my honest opinion about it regardless.
Part 1: Bug
Fantasy and Reality of Living Off the Land — Scott gives
a very down to earth perspective and shares the stories of several
famous survivalists, both good and bad.
Bug Out Bag — Covers everything from choosing your bag
to important gear selection. He goes over essential survival
gear and doesn’t recommend bunches of modern junk gear.
Planning and Location Selection — Gets into the meat
of the book and encourages readers to carefully choose their Bug
Out Location by region and important things to remember about
climate, terrain, natural resource, and various types of public
— This chapters his almost all of the possible means of travel
you could use in getting to your Bug Out Location and the pros
and cons of each.
Part 2: Bug
half of the book is a gigantic and detailed list of Bug
Out Locations made up mostly of public use lands like National
Parks, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Corps of Engineers,
Wildlife Refuges, State Land, and some private land areas.
The 275 possible
Bug Out Locations are broken down into 8 regions of the country.
Each region is outlined with a detailed map and information on weather,
climate, land, resources, hunting,
wildlife hazards, and specific equipment needed.
- Rivers Swamps
and Islands of the Gulf Coast
& Lowlands of the Atlantic Coast
- The Appalachian
- Lakes &
Big Woods of the North
- The Midwest
Strongholds of the Rocky Mountains
Canyons, and Mountains of the Southwest
Crest Mountains and the West Coast
Many of the
275 Bug Out Locations in the book get their own section of several
paragraphs detailing things like the exact location, size of the
land area, means of access, resources in the region and main other
of the book
is not something you would sit down and read cover to cover, but
use as a resource for planning and scouting Bug Out Locations in
your area. You really have to read it to understand the level of
research and detail that went into this guide.
B. Williams has been exploring wild places perfecting his wilderness
survival skills for most of his live, beginning with hunting and
fishing while growing up in Mississippi. His adventures include
thousands of miles of solo long-distance sea kayaking journeys in
the U.S. and abroad, as well as extended wilderness canoeing and
backpacking trips in every region of the U.S.
The first half
of the book on packing your bag and transportation might be somewhat
basic for the more experienced prepper, but the incredible Bug Out
Location encyclopedia in the second half makes picking up a copy
more than worth it.
Finding 3 public
wilderness land areas within reach of my home for possible Bug Out
Locations that I didn’t know about.
Overall I would
highly recommend this book for anyone who does not have a specific
Bug Out Location already planned, or anyone who might want to find
more possible locations in their area. The first half of the book
makes a great introduction to building a Bug
Out Bag for newer preppers.
Out: The Complete Plan for Escaping a Catastrophic Disaster
Before It’s Too Late is available for about $5
below cover price on Amazon where it has quite a few 5
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