Book Review: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide

Several weeks ago I found out that my fellow blogger Bernie Carr (The Apartment Prepper) was having a book published – and I thought that was really cool. I mean – maybe someday that could be me!

Well – Bernie was nice enough to send me a copy and I have just got finished reading it.

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I am impressed.

When I first saw the title – 101 Easy Things You Can Do To Ready Your Home For A Disaster – I thought maybe it would have a lot of “basic” info that would be good for beginners.

After flipping through this book for just a few minutes – a smile crossed my face as I found some really valid information that I – as well as others – could really use.

Let me provide a few examples:

  • Make a written emergency contact list – So true! How many of us have relatives phone numbers in our cell phones rather than written down. I haven’t written a letter in years and have very few addresses of friends and family. Great suggestion Bernie!
  • Make a simple, inexpensive water filter – exactly as the title suggests – great information.
  • Learn to cook with lentils and beans – this is information I didn’t have – now I do!
  • Teach children about prepping – important stuff
  • Don’t forget about the pets – Honestly, in my prepping, this is one area I really have paid no attention to at all. Great stuff.

These are just a few examples of the stuff that you can pick up in this book. Several times I read and entry and said to myself  “Oh yeah – I’ve got to remember that!”

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide is in actuality a comprehensive guide that provides 101 easy things that you can do to ready your home for a disaster. The aim of the book is to help people become more prepared and ultimately reduce the risk of harm or injury during an emergency.

The book is written in an easy to understand style, and covers a wide range of topics, from assembling a disaster survival kit to creating a family emergency plan.

One of the best things about this book is that it doesn’t just focus on preparing for major disasters, such as hurricanes or earthquakes.

It also includes tips on how to deal with common emergencies such as power outages or car accidents. This makes The Prepper’s Pocket Guide a valuable resource for anyone, regardless of their level of preparedness.

One thing that I really liked about the book was the section on storing food and water. This is an important topic that often gets overlooked, but it’s something that we need to take seriously if we want to be prepared for emergencies.

The Prepper’s Pocket Guide provides a wealth of information on how to store food and water, as well as tips on how to ration these supplies in case of an emergency.

Overall, I was really impressed with The Prepper’s Pocket Guide. It’s a great resource for anyone who wants to become more prepared for emergencies, and it’s packed full of useful information that can be easily implemented. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in becoming more prepared for disasters.

From the Basics to the Solving of Complex Survival Problems

This is a fantastic handbook for little things you can do to prepare yourself and your family for emergency situations.

This isn’t going to make you seem like some nutty Doomsday Prepper- TPPG is far too grounded for that. Because I’ve gone through the authors website from bottom to top, I didn’t believe I’d need it, but it’s still fairly true – the website has essentially all of what’s in here and more.

But I do enjoy and find helpful how everything has been gathered into one location. This is not a book that you must have in paperback because it details what you should do well prior to the onset of trouble.

The tactics in the resource are so easy to implement that, after following the instructions and techniques as they’re written, I could be ready for most food, water, and electricity interruptions in a few weeks.

There’s also a checklist for the office in case I’m caught at work and facing a legit “get-home” scenario! I’ll always keep an old pair of walking shoes or hiking boots in my car’s trunk from now on.

Overall Impressions

This book offers a lot of value for the money. The information is valid. Save time, money, and aggravation by attempting to locate this data on your own and just buy the book, already!

It has all the information you would eventually find on your own, but has it in one convenient and easy to reference place. Put your time you save into your own preparations!

However, the book is not without its shortcomings. The language is somewhat tedious, as there are no full sentences.

The book is composed entirely in the same sentence structure, which while simple and easy enough to understand even for complete novices to prepping this makes it difficult to parse out the “big takeaways” on a topic. However, the material performance does not suffer too badly as a result of its structure.

I urge you to look into it because I’m confident you’ll find at least one or two things that don’t need much time, money, or effort but will improve your everyday life rather than just during emergencies.

The only other thing that lowered my rating was the reliance on store-bought food as a primary survival strategy. I try to avoid total dependency on prepared food as part of my own survival strategy, but it’s a necessary part of the plan.

You cannot argue that store bought food makes for easy logistics, particularly if you aren’t a hunter or green thumb! Home canning isn’t a feature in this book, but even so there isn’t much information about it. Despite this shortcoming I believe the book covered the basics of establishing a reserve food supply pretty well

Should You Get It?

Overall, I thought The Prepper’s Pocket Guide was a great resource for anyone who wants to become more prepared for disasters.

It’s easy to read and covers a wide range of topics, making it a valuable reference guide. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about disaster preparedness.

From making a secret hiding place out of a commonly found household item to making your own electrolyte drink – lots of unique and valuable information. I highly recommend it.

updated 03/10/2022

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Prepper’s Pocket Guide”

  1. I have been interested in Underwater basket weaving for a long time! I wait for this to be released, with baited breath…LOL

    On a different note, the pocket guide is on my reading list. since you enjoyed it, I am gonna move it up a notch – Ghost

  2. I read the book and it did have advice that was valuable and easy to apply. Using The Prepper’s Pocket Guide as guidance, the grandkids got to make filtered water. We used tips 22, 23, and 28. The book is written well enough that the grandkids can pretty much follow the directions without too much help from me.

  3. I don’t think I could ever reach a point where I would eat my two fidos. I just don’t think I could do it, but I guess I don’t really know what I “could” do if it came to that. It would be a horrible terrible thing and I would have to be in a really bad situation before I would consider it.


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