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
- First Aid
The books below cover a variety of well-rounded survival skills. Many of them are complete survival manuals.
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.
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.
This book will teach you to survive in almost any outdoor environment with little or no purchased equipment, relying only on what nature provides.
The books below cover a variety of DIY projects that can help you become better prepared.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This book will teach you everything that you need to know about collecting, treating, and storing your water for when you need it.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.