The 45 books on this list of books for preppers are the best in their respective categories.
Outdoor Life magazine has published this definitive survival guide to facing everything from an angry bear, to a tornado, to an armed insurrection.
Unlike so many other survival books on the market which focus on immediate skills like fire-building or basic first aid, this book prepares readers for long-term survival and self-sufficiency.
No matter your skill level, this all-in-one volume is a must-have for any outdoor adventurer and survivalist. For those preppers who live in cities and other urban environments, Mushen has written this extensive guide to protecting families, kids, parents, and pets after disasters both natural and manmade.
Though written in 1945, Ellsworth Jaeger’s guide to surviving in the wild offers the same valuable advice today as it did then. Unlike most other survival books on the market, Christopher Nyerges’ book will prepare you with the skills needed to survive in whatever environment you happen to be when the big disaster strikes.
If you’re new to the world of snaring, then Dale Martin’s 72-page book could be a valuable resource.
Whether you are a seasoned butcher or a novice, this book provides valuable information about slaughtering and butchering everything from beef and pork, to venison and wild turkey. Samuel Thayer’s extensive library on edible wild plants have become go-to books for a number of outdoor and bushcraft schools, and are widely considered the best written on the topic. A perfect little guide to keep amongst your survival pack, camping gear, or in your car, Hubbard’s Living Ready Pocket Manual will guide you in the quick steps necessary to stabilize a dangerous situation and save a life. Authors Joseph and Amy Alton, two premiere Medical Preparedness Professionals from a well-known survival website, base this book off of the devastating assumption that there will be no doctor or hospital available in the aftermath of a catastrophic event. Like the above book, Where There Is No Doctor is a resource widely used around the world by health workers, clinicians, and others in the healthcare industry. Printed on heavy-duty, waterproof stock, this pocket-sized book is designed to store in a first aid kit, car, or camping pack. If an unexpected disaster strikes, you may need to leave your home quickly, and this book aims to tell you everything you need to know in order to do just that. Written specifically for outdoor enthusiasts who are becoming more serious about hiking, Conrad Blake’s Hiking Survival Guide clearly details the constantly-present dangers, and how to avoid or deal with them. Though there are many books on the market to prepare you for camping or hiking in the wilderness, Paul Tawrell’s book includes useful information not found in most others. Using a simple, Do-It-Yourself approach, Bernie Carr details 101 important steps individuals and families can take to prepare for earthquakes, wildfires, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Consisting of just over 700 pages, Joel Skousen’s The Secure Home contains all of the information a family may need to implement a high security residence or retreat. Natural disasters, economic collapse, and terrorism are phrases that have become familiar to every news cycle in every part of the country.
Lofty Wiseman, a British author and professional soldier, aims to prepare readers to survive in any unpredictable and dangerous environment. Topics include building a survival kit, wading across a river, making a bow and arrows, CPR, treating frostbite, and anything else one may need to know in the face of danger. In this book, Rawles prepares readers to survive these disasters without having to rely on government or communities. Chock-full of detailed ‘how to’s and illustrations, Survival Wisdom & Know How compiles the knowledge of hundreds of accomplished contributors.
Believing that survival depends upon one’s ability to keep the body’s core temperature at 98.6 degrees, Lundin uses humor and common sense to inform readers about maintaining their core temperature regardless of whether they’re in the middle of a desert or a blizzard. Organized into numbered sections and written in common sense language, this book offers practical advice on things like storing food, deterring looters, where to go (and why you may not want to go to a FEMA shelter), packing for kids and babies, ensuring the survival of pets, and much, much more. Doubling as an account of life in the 1800s, this book contains a plethora of information about the early days of American exploration.
Split into chapters on water, fire, food, shelter, clothing, tools, and weapons, the book goes through detailed practices suitable to any environment.


In Nature’s Garden, Thayer uses a clear and conversational writing style to describe 41 edible plants (his own The Forager’s Harvest, a companion to this book, identifies and describes another 32). The book contains clearly written, step-by-step instructions for responding to dehydration, hypothermia, heatstroke, frostbite, gunshot wounds, allergic reactions, broken bones, and more. The book focuses on a wide variety of topics, including examining patients, diagnosing common dental problems, making and using common dental tools, removing teeth, and placing fillings, among others.
The 450-page book presents easy-to-understand information on preventing, diagnosing, and treating common diseases. Written to be understood by Scouts and experienced campers alike, the book is a valuable resource for dealing with any kind of emergency situation in any type of setting. Through the clear-cut guidance of survivalist Creek Stewart, this book walks you through creating a Bug Out, disaster-preparedness kit for 72 hours of independent survival. McCann teaches readers how to create bug-out bags, get-home bags, and vehicle kits that are fully customized to help meet the survival needs of any individual or family. The 51-page book includes topics like preparing for a camping trip, what to wear when hiking, meal ideas, signaling techniques, first aid basics, building a shelter, and much more. In this book, author Harold Gatty seeks to prepare his readers for survival without the use of a campus in the wilderness, in towns, in the desert, in snow-covered areas, and even on the ocean. Army officer, this book is geared towards the average citizen in the wake of a major attack or disaster.
Everman’s Surviving Doomsday seeks to provide tips and techniques to help people survive a biological attack and mass warfare. Written clearly and with humor, Lundin’s book educates people of all ages about survival psychology and the skills necessary to survive a disaster from one’s home, office, or car.
Examples of Carr’s quick, smart and inexpensive projects include making a master list of passwords and code, calculating the amount of water your family will need, starting a food storage plan for $5 a week, making a safe from a hollowed-out book, assembling a first aid kit, cooking without electricity, packing a Bug Out bag, and much more. Bohan, a dedicated prepper and author of the book Living on the Edge: A Family’s Journey to Self-Sufficiency, describes a variety of possible fortifications that can be adapted to suit any family’s personal defense plan. Bohan has written this indispensable guide to acquiring and maintaining the most important element to your family’s survival: breathable air!
Through easy to read, step-by-step instructions, this book aims to teach readers how to defend one’s home and family. Jerry Van Cook’s 225-page book offers common sense advice for surviving everything from an unexpected attack to any legal aftermath that may occur. And when the big disaster finally occurs, the knowledge within their pages could be invaluable when it comes to taking care of yourself and your family. The eleven chapters range from basic camping craft, to navigation by stars and the sun, to survival at sea. Each conveniently indexed topic is presented through checklists, clear instruction, and even inspirational stories of survival. Topics include how to filter rainwater, protect money, plant and harvest an effective garden, ration food, secure your home, and other essential survival tactics.
The book also includes a number of checklists and quizzes you can use to test your own preparedness.
For the hobby camper and hiker, the book includes sections on tying knots, fishing and ice-fishing, canoeing, first aid, white water rafting, and more.
Davenport’s educational text thoroughly guides readers to the knowledge needed to do these things in any unexpected situation, and unlike most books on the market these days, focuses on wilderness survival as opposed to wilderness living. Despite its broad focus, the book is well-illustrated, and written in easy-to-follow language for preppers both new and advanced. Army, this handy little guide now serves as a survival aid for anyone interested in the outdoors or botany.
Though it lacks much information beyond the actual construction of traps and snares, Martin’s book acts as a great crash course for those interested in the basics of snaring and trapping. Thus, Hyde’s book seeks to guide readers to finding and renewing a water supply to help them survive.


The book especially focuses on nutrition, and preventing infection and disease in areas where bacteria are otherwise prevalent.
In addition to more traditional information such as bleeding, shock, and broken bones, the guide also provides invaluable tips on surviving floods, hurricanes, tornados, house fires, earthquakes, mudslides, and other natural disasters.
Topics include a checklist of things to pack based upon your individual survival skill level, photos and explanations of every recommended item, and practice exercises that teach you how to use the items.
In addition to hundreds of detailed descriptions and photos, the book includes advice for building kits that include fire and light sources, signaling equipment, first aid items, and more.
According to the author, this book is recommended for those with some hiking experience who are preparing for an extended stay in the wilderness.
This book is written for outdoor adventurers of any skill level, and includes well-written tips on hiking in both Summer and Winter. Armed Forces Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Counter-Terrorism Handbook, and contains the military’s best practices in an attempt to prepare readers to survive any such attack. Through clear and thorough descriptions, the book describes various types of shelters that can be put together in mere hours by untrained men and women.
The book covers topics such as what to do before and after you become contaminated with fallout, how to set up and use a quarantine room, food to stockpile, what you’ll need in the event you must leave your home, personal and home defense, and how to forecast weather using only senses. The first part of the book details how to seal a bunker or shelter with duct tape and plastic sheeting in order to escape dangerous airborne particles after a nuclear, biological, or chemical attack.
The book also includes a list of specific product and equipment recommendations that can save a prepper months of research. Aimed at novice and experienced shooters alike, the book details various types of handguns and the most effective tactics for using them against potential criminals.
In addition to the clearly written descriptions, the book includes a number of helpful illustrations, as well as a forward written by firearms expert Louis Awerbuck. We’ve selected the best-reviewed and best-selling books in each of the seven categories listed below.
As a result, this book is both a fascinating pleasure read and one to keep in the emergency survival pack. Though the book is on the slim side (only 170 pages), readers will learn how to face problems and overcome challenges that last weeks, months, and even years.
The more seasoned survivalist might enjoy topics such as surviving in the desert, wild animals, ice climbing, to name but a few.
At just over 600 pages, Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual includes just about everything one would need to know in order to survive. The 156-page book is filled with illustrated images of plants, alongside written information describing physical characteristics, habitat, distribution, edible parts, and other useful pieces of information, making it easier to locate and identify potentially life-saving plants. Unlike other books on this list, Emergency War Surgery is written specifically for those with, at the very least, basic medical training. McCann also includes a section full of useful survival tips and skills to prepare for any emergency survival situation. Included throughout the book are memorable anecdotes, personal stories, and relevant quotes. It is worth noting that this 110-page book was adapted from Skousen’s much larger work, The Secure Home. To supplement the common sense direction, the book also includes military tactics and historical examples.
The value of this book is widely considered to be the inclusion of topics such as combat mindset and proper defensive mental conditioning.



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