With so many zombie movies and survival television shows, one has to wonder if Hollywood is trying to tell us that we need to be able to survive in a catastrophe. Of course, it is nice to know how to hold your own if ever your car breaks down in the middle of nowhere or you get lost while hiking.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to learn survival skills, you’re going to have to start learning somewhere, and that’s where the best survival books will come in handy. These books will be able to teach you how to stay alive in the woods by providing you with useful wilderness survival tips.
As you read through our top 4 picks for the best wilderness survival books, you may decide that you can never be too prepared and want more than one!
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Dubbed the “Jack of all Trades,” the SAS Survival Handbook is an updated edition of the preeminent survival guide. In the book, Wiseman covers topics like:
This book is only available in paperback, however, there is an App available in the iTunes store to compliment the content in the book.
When looking at the reviews, 91% left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, customers said this was “the most comprehensive survival book” they’ve ever used. They felt the information was very thorough and easy to use—especially because it felt like it was written for the layman, and not someone who was already familiar with survival situations.
Of the remaining 9% of people who left 3-star reviews or lower, the common complaint was that instead of this being a full-sized book, this version is actually a pocket size version, which means the text is very small and “hard to read.”
If you’re looking for a book that is well known and highly trusted, this Dave Canterbury book received a lot of praise, as it is a New York Times Bestseller for Sports and Travel category. In this book, Canterbury covers topics like:
When looking at the reviews, 87% left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, customers said that this book was able to answer any questions they may have had about bush craft and surviving in the wilderness.
Customers feel that every “hiker, camper, and wilderness survivalist” needs. Of the remaining 13% of people who left 3-star reviews or lower, the common complaint was the information wasn’t as detailed as you would expect from an experienced survivalist. People feel that there are better survival guides available.
If you live in Eastern and Central North America and find yourself stranded, it’s always helpful to know what kind of plants you can eat without getting sick. In this book, the authors cover topics like:
When looking at the reviews, 89% left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, customers said that Peterson’s reputation is warranted when you read through the book. Customers feel that this is a wilderness survival guide everyone in the region should own.
Of the remaining 11% of people who left 3-star reviews or lower, the common complaint was the pictures weren’t as helpful to identify the plants as they hoped it would be. Some customers said it would be more beneficial if instead of drawings, there were color photographs.
Who knows more about survival situations and how to make it out alive than retired Navy SEAL, Clint Emerson, who had over 20 years conducting special ops all over the world? In this book, Emerson covers topics like:
What to do if:
When looking at the reviews, 95% left 4 or 5-star reviews. Of these reviews, customers said that although some of the topics described in the book may “seem too extreme or silly”, they are situations that shouldn’t be ignored. Especially topics like “Prepare a Vehicle Go-Bag.”
Customers felt the book was easy to read, the illustrations were useful and even a little charming, and the book helps you to remember how to survive. Of the remaining 5% of people who left 3-star reviews or lower, the common complaint was this wasn’t written for the experienced outdoorsy person or anyone with tactical training. Some even went so far to say if you had common sense, the book would be useless to you.
No one wants to find themselves in a survival situation and not know what to do. You can get around that by reading up on survival situations and what to do in a survival handbook. Of these books, we feel that they are all worth picking up.
The SAS Survival Guide and Edible Wild Plants books are great items to include in your survival kit so you can refer to them if ever you are in such of a situation. The Bushcraft 101 and 100 Deadly Skills are great to read at home just for personal reference. Whatever book you do decide to pick up, we bet you’ll feel more confident in your survival skills going forward!