Top 10 Survival and Prepping Books to Never be Without

In any crisis situation, you will be hard-pressed finding the information you and your family needs to make it. There will be no Internet. There will be no phone service. It will literally come down to what you have within arm’s reach that will help you get through the chaos of marshall law, having no power for days, weeks, or months, and being able to make it through natural disasters like hurricanes or similar events. Be prepared… always!

Keeping a stash of survival books on hand is of vital importance to helping you get through the tough time. We would recommend books on various topics such as dealing with threatsfarming or gardeningcamping/sheltershunting, and basic wilderness survival. Below I have listed some really good books to put on your list if you don’t have them already. Most of these can be purchased at Amazon starting at less than $1!!

Our List of the Top 10 Survival Books to Never be Without

Where to Buy
Camping and Wilderness Survival
Tom Browns Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants
Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook: James Talmage Stevens
Country Wisdom & Know-How
Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times
US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76
OUTDOOR LIFE - The Ultimate Survival Manual - 333 SKILLS That Will Get YOU Out Alive
Wildwood Wisdom
When Technology Fails
The Survival Medicine Handbook

1. Camping and Wilderness Survival

Written by Paul Tawrell, this is a book that covers all the aspects of camping and survival. The book contains more than 3600 illustrations and thorough information on how to travel, how to make a camp, understanding the environment, the weather conditions and most importantly how to take care of yourself during camping and wilderness survival.

 2. Tom Brown’s Guide to Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants

Specific to edible and medicinal plants, this book is for those who need to expand their knowledge on botany and learn more about how these plants play an important role in our survival. From flowers, shrubs and trees to their roots, bark and bulbs; everything is in this book and in a very comprehensive manner. Buying this book gives you one more benefit, apart from all about plants; you also get to learn how to make delicious food dishes from these plants use them for various medical treatments.

 3. Making the Best of Basics: Family Preparedness Handbook: James Talmage Stevens

This book fills you with all the necessary information and skills that will prepare you and your family for all kinds of contingencies and emergencies. It will help you understand how to store and preserve food and non-categories including water, wheat, dairy products, sweeteners, wheat, and cooking ingredients such as salt, oil and seeds for sustainable living.

 4. Country Wisdom & Know-How

From living in a farm to growing your own vegetables, building your own garden to cooking what is available, livestock, preserving foods and a lot more, you think of anything about survival and you will find interesting and informative techniques on every possible aspect in this book. With clear and descriptive sections, the book caters to all kinds of learners with visuals, numbers and ample text.

 5. Gardening When It Counts: Growing Food in Hard Times

Ever imagined that you could do your food production from that not so small garden/backyard of yours? If not then this is the book that will make your garden do wonders to your living? Gardening when it counts is a book that helps readers’ learn how to have their own food with a few resources and traditional low-input gardening methods, giving you healthier and sustainable living even in the toughest living conditions.  

 6. US Army Survival Manual: FM 21-76

Giving readers military techniques and step-by-step survival manual from the U.S. Army, this book is one of the reasonable and informative options you would find in this category. Perfect reading for soldiers, hunters, climbers and hikers.

 7. OUTDOOR LIFE – The Ultimate Survival Manual – 333 SKILLS That Will Get YOU Out Alive

Think of any situation you can possibly get stuck into and any skill that will be required and you will have it in this book. As the name says, The Ultimate Survival Manual will keep you surviving whether you are in the woods, under the water or up on the hills. With easy to understand explanations in clear and concise language, this book is a must-have at home for all ages and professions.

8. Wildwood Wisdom

Taking you back into Stone Age, this book will teach you how to use axes and knives, make a shelter with material around you and also make fire and canoe. A historical guide on survival based on skills, resourcefulness and creativity, this book is not only very useful but also very interesting for this generation.

 9. When Technology Fails: A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition

The 9/11 incident and several natural disasters have been a witness to technology failure, leaving all the victims in uncertainty and despair. To prevent people from panicking in such situations, this book comes as a handy manual with practical tips and suggestions to let your life moving. From food to shelter, medicine and first aid, the writer aims to equip readers with essential skills that help them survive and adopt healthy and sustainable living patterns.

 10. The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way

This medicine handbook is will give you more than basic first aid information. Whether you are aware of medical terminologies or not, you will find this book easy to understand, thoroughly informative and applicable in real life. It will equip you with tools and techniques to handle illness and injuries without waiting for any Doctor.  The book has two editions, the first one covers more than 100 medical issues while the second one talks about alternative medical remedies for diseases.


This list is by no means a complete list of survival and preparedness books we think you should get. But these prepping and survival books and manuals will help guide anyone serious enough about moving into the right direction with being readyprepared, and to help build up that must-have knowledge to get through the roughest of situations. If you have any other books you’d like to recommend, please tell us in the comments!