Building Your Survival Library

 Building Your Survival Library

The true key to survival is knowledge and that knowledge won’t add a single ounce of extra weight to your kit. How do we gain this knowledge? Well, from learning from others, the internet, videos, and the books we have in our survival library of course.

The great thing about books is that many that are available nowadays, also come in ebook form so they can always be at your fingertips.

Very soon, all of our posts here at UK Survival Guides will have the option of being printed off and saved in your library but for now, let’s take a look at the categories that your survival library should cover along with some of our book recommendations to get you started.

We are going to be looking at the following categories of books:

  • Survival Skills
  • DIY Projects
  • Shelter
  • Water
  • Food
  • First Aid
  • Miscellaneous

Survival Skills

The books below cover a variety of well-rounded survival skills. Many of them are complete survival manuals.

Wilderness Survival by Gregory J. Davenport

Wilderness Survival by Gregory J. Davenport

I have had this wilderness survival book in my library for quite a few years and STILL go back to it at times when I need to look something up. It is by far the best book that I have read on the subject and is presented in a very easy to follow way.

How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier

How to stay alive in the woods

This book by Bradford Angier was passed onto me a couple of years back but is a classic. It’s packed full of practical survival skills that can help you survive.

Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen

Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen

This book will teach you to survive in almost any outdoor environment with little or no purchased equipment, relying only on what nature provides.

DIY Projects

The books below cover a variety of DIY projects that can help you become better prepared.

52 Prepper Projects by David Nash

52 Prepper Projects

Become more self-sufficient through the use of 52 DIY projects. That is one new project for every week of the year, starting off slow and building up to allow you and your family to survive anything.

Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag by Creek Stewart

Creek Stewart bug out bag

You should already have your bug out bag sorted but if not, this book by Creek Stewart will guide you through the process of choosing the perfect items for your bug out bag.


Although the books in the survival skills category covered shelter, the books below go into much more detail.

Bear Grylls Survival Shelters

Bear grylls survival shelter building

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of Bear Grylls, he is more about entertainment than actual survival but I must say this is actually a fairly good book about building survival shelters.

Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties by D. C. Beard

Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties

This guide covers everything from basic lean-tos to full log cabins, the author describes shelters that can be built with tools starting as simple as a single hatchet.


Titles in this category deal almost exclusively with finding, collecting, filtering, and purifying wild water.

Harvesting H2O by Nicholas Hyde

Harvesting H2O by Nicholas Hyde

This book will teach you everything that you need to know about collecting, treating, and storing your water for when you need it.

Water 4 Survival by Paul Andrulis

Water 4 Survival by Paul Andrulis

Another helpful book about finding water, making sure it’s safe to drink, and teaching you how to make it safe for consumption.


From foraging for wild foods to stockpiling your own, these books have you covered

Wild Food: A Complete Guide for Foragers by Roger Phillips

Wild Food: A Complete Guide for Foragers

Roger gives fascinating information on how our ancestors would have used the plants, and includes over 150 delicious recipes for food and drink, from bilberry muffins to blackberry and apple jam, from red clover wine to watercress soup.

The Trappers Bible by Dale Martin

The Trappers Bible

This is an older title which discusses traps and snares exclusively. This is a great read for studying a variety of trap triggers and designs. This will surely become one of your favorite books in your library.

First Aid

The need for first aid supplies and services go through the roof during disaster and survival scenarios. These are also the first services to become overwhelmed and unavailable. The ability to provide for yourself and loved ones with basic first aid is critical.

The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joseph and Amy Alton

The Survival Medicine Handbook

This one has been written by preppers, for preppers. They do not end each scenario or sentence with, “Go to the hospital.” This is an A-Z medical guide for true survival scenarios written in plain English.

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