Best Survival Books 2020

The next time you decide to move the family holiday or weekend excursion from that all inclusive resort to the most remote regions of the forest, don’t forget to pick up a Survival Book to make sure everyone comes back in one piece. When looking for the best survival books on the market, it is important you know what information is relevant to your trip. Will you be away for a few hours or a few days? Is the terrain you plan to cross treacherous or have you chosen a gentler route for some of the members of your party? With everything from books based on SAS survival tactics through to those for surviving natural disasters, we’ve rounded up our list of the best survival books on offer today as voted for by customer reviews. So make sure to shift over your powdered soups and pocket compass to make space for a book that could save you from all manner of different situations


SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving

Newly revised to include a range of recent survival technologies and know-how, the SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving by John “Lofty” Wiseman is the single publication needed by ever avid camper and hiker. Designed to prepare you for time spent in the wilderness with tips on how to best manage fear through to best practices when it comes to setting up camp safely, this popular book has an additional 100 pages to it’s predecessor and promises to cover most common situations you may find yourself in. Learn how to deal with unexpected disasters, keep yourself protected with self-defence practices and keep your entire party safe with a list of security protections that aim to keep intruders at bay. The next time you pack up your trusted hiking backpack, save a slot for this handy guide and ensure you’re ready for anything.

Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival

Winner of the New York Times Bestseller in Sports and Travel, Bushcraft 101: A Field Guide to the Art of Wilderness Survival uses the 5 C’s of survivability – cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers and cordages – to provide an essential resource for those who choose to venture out into the wilderness. Designed to help you during preparation as well as during your exploration, author Dave Canterbury guides you at every step of the way to ensure you are ready for any situation and climate. This book also teaches the art of bushcraft, giving you the tools and skills you’ll need to make the most of your natural surroundings. Learn how to make the most of available food in your surroundings, how best to protect both you and the rest of your party from the harsh elements and how to pack the most practical resources when you choose this comprehensive field guide.

Pepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide

Designed for use after a major emergency such as a devastating earthquake or life altering hurricane, Pepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide becomes an essential resource for when normality evades you for weeks, months or even years. Crafted around the ides of self-sufficient living, author Jim Cobb provides information on such essential acts such as water collection and hygiene, defence methods for your home, foraging for food and first aid treatments for when a doctor cannot be found. A book you wish you’ll never need but will become an essential staple in your bookcase, ensure every member of your family is kept safe and well during any life-threatening disaster with this fully comprehensive and inclusive guide book.

When The Grid Goes Down

Written to make self-sufficient living a realistic goal, When The Grid Goes Down by Tony Nester is written by an experienced survival instructor and helps you prepare for both short and long term survival. Detailing how to make sure your home and lifestyle both work together to keep you and your family alive and well during any major emergency, this comprehensive guide includes information on everything from water storage and purification through to personal defence methods and heating a home when all power goes out. Designed to aid you through all manner of emergencies – wether they last for 72 hours of weeks at a time – this all encompassing book promises to become your one-stop-shop in situations that you hope never have to be dealt with.

Survival Hacks: Over 200 Ways to Use Everyday Items for Wilderness Survival

If you’re ever unfortunate enough to find yourself in the middle of the wilderness without the resources traditionally used to keep you safe, Survival Hacks: Over 200 Ways to Use Everyday Items for Wilderness Survival will be the single item you’ll wish you’d left in your back pocket. Designed for those moments when you find yourself in unexpected and unplanned situations, this fully packed guide shows you how to turn everyday items into valuable tools that could save your life. Using things such as plant leaves and rope, you’ll be able to craft together a camp or plan of action to get yourself back to civilisation with your health and life in tact. You’ll learn how to purify dirty watch with just a plastic bottle and the sun or create an emergency shelter using a bin liner – whatever the situation, Survival Hacks is sure to have a quick and reliable solution.

U.S. Army 1st Aid Manual

An interesting read for anyone interested in the U.S. Army medical field, U.S. Army 1st Aid Manual provides essential information to help aid life-threatening situations with yourself or those in your party. An official manual, this guide teaches how to treat all manner of different injuries and afflictions that generally befall people in the military field in easy-to-understand and non-jargon based language. With tips on how to prevent further suffering or damage of your patients along with effective actions for sustaining life, this fascinating read will come in handy for anyone working in the medical field or those planning an excursion into the depths of the wilderness.

100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition

Written by Clint Emerson, a retired Navy SEAL, this essential guide takes experience from the military field and adapts them for civilians to provide essential information for surviving all manner of different emergencies. Using key hacks used within the battlefield alongside tips for how to adapt every day items into survival gear, this fully encompassing read features everything from instructions on how to start a fire, information on foraging for safe and sustainable food and navigational knowledge to help you get back to civilisation. Designed to deal with environments similar to those experience by special forces officers from suicide bombers to trauma medicine, this detailed and illustrated guidebook is the single item you’ll wish you chose if you ever find yourself stranded.

Shelters, Shacks and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters

Written by a founder of the Boy Scouts of America, Shelters, Shacks and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters is packed with easy-to-follow instructions for building secure and protective shelters in the middle of the wilderness. With everything from cave shelters, pole hours and over-water camps, unexpected tears in pre-packed tents or forgotten items become a worry of the past when you have the know-how information for forming shelters using your surroundings. With illustrations from the author himself, this book is the ideal resource for, scouts, campers and hikers and promises to become a much-read and enjoyable read before setting out on the most adventurous of excursions.

The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat and Store Your Most Vital Resource

The most essential resource to your survival in life, The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat and Store Your Most Vital Resource is a step-by-step guide to help you find clean water in every disaster situation. Giving vital information from how to collect and purify rain, lake and river water through to how to dig a well for groundwater, should you ever find yourself stuck without the most important resource in the world, you can rest easy with this trusted guide by your side. Keeping your body alive for much longer than food, learn the best ways to store water for a long period of time alongside techniques on how to test water for toxins and signs for water-related illnesses.

Survival Medicine: Handbook to the prepper’s long term survival guide

Written for avid campers, hikers and the modern homeowner who plans for every eventuality, Survival Medicine: Handbook to the prepper’s long term survival guide gives you the tools you’ll need should you find yourself or a loved one in diar medical distress without the resources of doctors or hospitals. Designed for use during long term disasters, this easy-to-understand guide provides you with the knowledge and ability to care for people with everything from a slight cut through to life-threatening injuries. Using easy to source herbs, berries and plants along with recommended stock piles of essential medicines, every page in this book contains survival medicines allowing you to become adequately prepared when initial supplies run out.