Knowing how to use an axe, and to sharpen one and how to replace an axe handle. Knowing how to grow food for yourself, hunt and trap. These skills have very little to do with short term survival, but everything to do with developing the skills You need to survive.

After this, next would be to know the trees and plants in Your area. Then what wild edible foods that You can synergize with Your regular meals so that You have actual hands on working knowledge of how to plant, raise crops and what wild foods that are available in Your region. Plant knowledge and animal knowledge is also important.

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Learning how to trap is another important skill that someone should know. But note it is pretty far down the list, and not at all important for short term survival. For short term survival, the list is pretty short: That more than anything will keep You alive in almost all circumstances. Most people have either rain gear or ponchos. Something just as good is a couple of 6 mil plastic sheets. Two Sheets of 8 x 10 six mil plastic will keep You dry and cozy, and is so lightweight, that You hardly know You are carrying it, and of course You will need cordage.

I carry a compass in every vehicle I own and I have a compass in almost every coat. I think that I have at least 10 compasses. I always carry a Gazetteer of my state and a National Gazetteer as well. With a Gazetteer, I always know where I am. With a compass and a road map, I have never been lost. By making a point of always knowing by being mindful of which direction You are traveling, it is almost impossible to get lost with a map and a compass.

That is about it. How many of You are going to be flying in a plane and getting stranded on a desert island or in the middle of the pacific? But how many of You are going to get stuck somewhere because You forgot to fill Your gas tank, or Your vehicle breaks down and You have to hike it to the next town. Actually most of You at some point in time will experience this.

And how many of You are going to have a storm knock out the power for a day or have the furnace break down and not have any heat until the repair man can get to You? Actually most of you will at some point in time run into that situation. Or how many of You can handle a couple of downed trees or one slamming into Your house and You having to remove it?

Can You do it safely? Or how many of You will run into a situation where You will need emergency medical service skills to treat someone? It has happened to me three times. Or what do You do if You become injured? Can You take care of Yourself? Or how about Your family.

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Develop those skills, and when You have mastered them, THEN focus on those less realistic or probable. In reality, most of these books should not be considered survival books at all, but are rather Skill Development books. Because that is what You are actually doing. Developing the skills to deal with different situations at different times and getting through those incidents as easily and as pain free and as comfortable as possible. A great bugging in guide to gardens, animals. Back to Basics by Readers Digest. Simple, easy to get the basics and move forward.

We do have some of the survival guides listed above on the shelf.

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We see them as a prep, but not as much as a long tool. The basics of two week survival better simply be ingrained in your head. I, certainly, will not depend on a Kindle copy of anything. Living near the Amish helps put perspective on how important those electronics are for survival not at all.

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Thanks for the book recommendations! Definitely agree that most of these books are prep; there are some books I would say would be really good for reference, but most would either fall into the first aid or foraging categories.

Besides, nothing more motivating than an actual hard time to get you reading what you should have before. LOL, I have the Army field manual 76 edition it is ok but very dated, with illustrations instead of pictures. Great list you came up with though. I have the edition reprinted in I have no issues with the illustrations and I always found the advice to be straightforward and practical without excessive disclaimers or politically correct jargon. Thanks for the other recommendations Bill, I am not much of a forager but I am sure Elise will be interested!

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It was my Bushcraft primer back before the word Bushcraft became a catch phrase or a selling point. Just a better message in my opinion. Thanks for the list! It has a lot of info but not enough graphics to back it up, and I find his tone to be a bit condescending. I just picked up 16 Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski. I really like having real reference books in my hand, so I do appreciate the list and I will likely be grabbing more than a few of these!

Let me know how you like Bushcraft by Mors Kochanski. Hope you find at least a few books you really like! Seems like some are missing that I would but in the top I guess everyone has a different point of view or some are not available as Kindle downloads. I currently have most of the books in this list. Very good list by the way. I just wanted to add a few. Kind of food for thought in no particular order. Some handy reads from the early century with regard to bushcraft and structures include: It was originally published in the early s.

Which makes some of the information a tad dated, but the basics are still applicable.

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Also, the old BSA Explorers Handbook has a ton of great stuff in it, how to fish, build a shelter, sharpen an axe, trap game… even how to build your own backpacks! As a side note, I prefer the older editions of these book. The art is neat, and they focus more on the actual skills, wheras the newer editions of the book soend a lot of time talking about how to be politically correct, etc. Stuff that really has nothign to do with outdorrsmanship. Mel was the survivalist Guru before the term prepper was invented. The book is somewhat dated now.

How to identify edible plants anywhere in the world and how plants in the right combination will meet all your nutritional needs even for the long term. How to also use medicinal plants to make remedies for many wounds and sicknesses. Also, you will learn about how to survive a nuclear blast and how to decontaminate yourself if you are exposed to radiation. How to procure food and water and how to make it safe to consume after a nuclear situation in your area.

This survival manual covers nearly everything and is one of the most complete ever written. One of the things about the manual that I love is that it is simple and easy to follow and has no fancy pictures. It is very detailed and explains everything better than most manuals. It features line drawings that are clear and easy to understand. Jesus is your answer and God Bless You. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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