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6 Must Have Survival Books That Could Save Your Life


Any prepper or survivalist worth his/her weight in salt, has read several if not all of the books included on our list. Should you find yourself stranded in the wilderness or in a SHTF type scenario, you’ll be glad that you did too.

Below you’ll find 6 of the most read, most reviewed, and most referred survival books that will help keep you alive:

#6) The Ultimate Survival Guide by Chris McNab

Book Description: “The world is a hostile environment, capable of throwing the unexpected at you at any moment. Bringing together the knowledge gained by those who have learnt it the hard way, The Ultimate Survival Guide is the only book you will ever need. Personal grit and courage count for a lot, but if you don’t know how to find food and water, make shelter, light fires, and apply basic first-aid, amongst many other skills, your chances of survival can be slim.”

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#5) The Ultimate Survival Guide by Outdoor Life

Book Description: “Whether you’re lost in the woods, facing an armed insurrection, or preparing for a hurricane, the experts at Outdoor Life magazine are the people you want on your side. This book is the one you need if you want to protect your family, save yourself, and prevail over any danger. Your Go-To Guide for Surviving Anything.”

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#4) The Total Outdoorsman Manual by Field and Stream

Book Description: “The Total Outdoorsman Manual is the ultimate guide book for the outdoors enthusiast, packed with hundreds of practical tips and techniques from T. Edward Nickens and the experts at Field & Stream magazine, that is guaranteed to improve your hunting, fishing, camping and survival skills. This special edition, issued for the 10th anniversary of the Total Outdoorsman Challenge has all the content readers love, plus 50 new activities that can help anyone compete in the Challenge.”

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#3) Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Wilderness Survival by Tom Brown

Book Description: “Here, in one essential volume, are the basics of wilderness survival. The most ancient and important skills, preserved for generations, are presented in a simple, easy-to-use format with clear illustrations and instructions. A complete must-have companion to the great outdoors. How to build natural shelters in plains, woods, or deserts; How to get safe drinking water from plants, trees, the sun, or Earth Herself; How to make fire without matches and maintain it in any weather; How to find, stalk, kill, and prepare animals for food; The “big four” edible plants, and hundreds of others useful for both nutrition and medicine”

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#2) The Survival Handbook by Ray Mears

Book Description: “‘If you’re roughing it, you’re doing something wrong’ says Raymond Mears, and in The Survival Handbook he shows you how, by using natural materials and traditional skills, you can be warm, dry and well fed when living in the outdoors. ‘Don’t challenge nature, challenge yourself,’ he suggests. Rather than pitting yourself against the elements, you are encouraged to understand and move in tune with nature, utilizing, without destroying, the bounty of the countryside – ‘once you know the value of a plant or tree you will think twice before destroying it’.

The Outdoor Survival Handbook is a book of discovery, explaining the everyday skills you need to live in and enjoy the natural world without violating it. Season by season, this unique, fully illustrated guide describes the resources available in the wild and how to use them.

Packed with practical tips, insights into nature and respect for traditional knowledge, this is a book for families, groups and individual hikers and climbers – for everyone who enjoys the outdoor life.”

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#1) Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual: Essential Strategies For: Shelter and Water, Food and Fire, Tools and Medicine, Navigation and Signa by Mykel Hawke

Book Description: “The perfect home-reference book for both seasoned outdoorsman and average citizens to learn comprehensive outdoor survival techniques. Includes illustrated instruction on shelter and water, food and fire, tools and medicine, navigation and signaling, and survival psychology. Hawke’s engaging style and matter-of-fact attitude—not to mention his incredible resume in the survival arena—elevates this book above its competition.”

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