What’s in My BugOut Bag? Books!

Part 1 of the first "What's in My BugOut Bag" series of articles focuses on the books that will help us get through the tough times.

With all the hysteria surrounding Ebola these days, more and more people are checking out off the grid lifestyle and “disaster prepper” websites. We’re not exactly that, here at Insteading- but we’re not NOT that, so I think that this is as good a time as ever to launch a new series called “What’s in My BugOut Bag?”. We hope you enjoy the series!


What’s in My BugOut Bag? Books!

This post is part of the What’s in My BugOut Bag? Series 1, which will discuss a number of items that might be useful in a emergency. For the Series 1 bag, we’ll assume that your destination is a rural, wooded, and secluded region of a Midwestern US State. We hope to develop a database of information to help readers make informed decisions when it comes to disaster preparedness. Enjoy the series!


Knowledge is power, and that’s never more true than in a SHTF-style emergent situation that takes you out of your element as it forces you to make quick decisions. As such, the first thing going into my “Series 1” BugOut Bag is: books!

For our purposes, here I’ll lump books into 3 categories. These being “medical”, “instructional”, and “recreational”.


Medical Books

Rather than go for the trite (but fun!) Worst Case Survival Guide series, I’ve opted for some easy-to-read medical books that offer the practical how-tos necessary to handle a wide range minor emergencies. As for major emergencies, well … we all gotta die sometime.

For my BugOut Bag(s), I’ve selected Minor Emergencies (mine is a 2007 version, but there is a newer version from 2012 on Amazon) and the Tarascon Primary Care Pocketbook, which will come in helpful when you need to dose out all the antibiotics we’ve been telling you to hoard.


Instructional Books

Starting a fire, building a shelter, even building basic traps are no problem for me or for the people I’ll most likely be traveling with. While the electronic luxuries of modern life haven’t distracted me from holding my own outdoors, however, I’d get lost in a grocery store without a GPS. As such: I need a map.


Recreational Books

Whether it’s a few weeks without power after a major hurricane or months off the grid avoiding a deadly pandemic, if you’ve prepared properly you’ll probably get bored pretty quickly. Because of that, you’ll want to include some “fun” books.

To me, drawing stuff is a fun, relaxing pastime that can also be communal and competitive. For that reason, I’ve chosen 642 Things to Draw as my recreational book. Granted, I’ll probably be able to power through the whole book in a few days, but I can always start over, drawing on printer paper, scraps, napkins, or whatever else is handy. I might even get good at it!


I’m sure I could carry more books with me, but I’m trying to keep it to the essentials. So, since these four are sure to get me through a rough week, at least, they’re going into my Series 1 BugOut Bag as soon as I hit “Save” on this post.

What about you guys? What books are going in your bug out bag? Did I leave out something super significant? Let me know what you think of my selection, and what you’d do different, in the comments section, below.


Original content from Insteading.

Written by Jo BorrΓ‘s

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