Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Outdoor Survival Skills. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

“With advice on not just getting along, but truly reconnecting with the great outdoors, Dave Canterbury’s treasure trove of world-renowned wisdom and experience comes to life within these pages.” —Bustle A New York Times Bestseller in Sports and Travel! The ultimate resource for experiencing the backcountry! Written by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury, Bushcraft 101 gets you ready for your next backcountry trip with advice on making the most of your time outdoors. Based on the 5Cs of Survivability--cutting tools, covering, combustion devices, containers, and cordages--this valuable guide offers only the most important survival skills to help you craft resources from your surroundings and truly experience the beauty and thrill of the wilderness. Inside, you'll also discover detailed information on: Choosing the right items for your kit. Manufacturing needed tools and supplies. Collecting and cooking food. Protecting yourself from the elements. With Canterbury's guidance, you'll not only prepare yourself for any climate and situation, you'll also learn how to use the art of bushcraft to reconnect with nature in ways you've never imagined.

  • Author: Dave Canterbury
  • Publisher: Adams Media; 1st edition (September 1, 2014)
  • Genre: Reference, Encyclopedias & Subject Guides
  • ISBN: 978-1440579776
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches

                 

2. The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • An indispensable guide to surviving everything from an extended wilderness exploration to a day-long boat trip, with hard-earned advice from the host of the show MeatEater as seen on Netflix For anyone planning to spend time outside,  The MeatEater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival  is the perfect antidote to the sensationalism of the modern survival genre. Informed by the real-life experiences of renowned outdoorsman Steven Rinella, its pages are packed with tried-and-true tips, techniques, and gear recommendations.    Among other skills, readers will learn about old-school navigation and essential satellite tools, how to build a basic first-aid kit and apply tourniquets, and how to effectively purify water using everything from ancient methods to cutting-edge technologies. This essential guide delivers hard-won insights and know-how garnered from Rinella’s own experiences and mistakes and from his trusted crew of expert hunters, anglers, emergency-room doctors, climbers, paddlers, and wilderness guides—with the goal of making any reader feel comfortable and competent while out in the wild.

  • Author: Steven Rinella
  • Publisher: Random House (December 1, 2020)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Outdoor Cooking
  • ISBN: 978-0593129692
  • Dimensions: 6.25 x 1.02 x 9.5 inches

                 

3. The Survival Medicine Handbook: THE essential guide for when medical help is NOT on the way


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

If you had to deal with an injury or illness in a disaster, would you know what to do? The Survival Medicine Handbook is a 670 page detailed guide for those who want to be medically prepared for any disaster where help is NOT on the way. This book is written by Joe Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P., the premiere medical preparedness professionals from the top ten survival website www.doomandbloom.net. The expanded third edition of the 3 category Amazon bestseller (Survival Skills, Disaster Relief, Safety/First Aid) is geared to enable the non-medical professional to deal with all the likely issues they will encounter in catastrophic short or long-term scenarios. The third (2016) edition of The Survival Medicine Handbook is not your standard first aid book: Unlike other so-called “survival” medical books, it assumes that a disaster, natural or man-made, has removed all access to hospitals or doctors for the foreseeable future; you, the average person, are now the highest medical resource left to your family. The Survival Medicine Handbook will give you the tools, in plain English, to competently handle injuries and illness for any situation that leaves you as the end of the line with regards to your family's medical well-being. Here are just some of the over 150 topics (175 illustrations) covered: PRINCIPLES OF MEDICAL PREPAREDNESS-HISTORY OF PREPAREDNESS-USING ALL THE TOOLS IN THE WOODSHED-SPIRITUALITY AND SURVIVAL-MODERN MEDICINE VS. SURVIVAL MEDICINE-THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNITY-HOW TO BECOME AN EFFECTIVE MEDIC-LIKELY MEDICAL ISSUES YOU’LL FACE-MEDICAL SKILLS YOU’LL WANT TO LEARN-MEDICAL BAGS, KITS, AND SUPPLIES-HOW TO STERILIZE MEDICAL SUPPLIES-NATURAL REMEDIES, LIKE OILS, TEAS, TINCTURES, AND SALVES-THE MEDICAL HISTORY AND PHYSICAL EXAM-THE MASS CASUALTY INCIDENT-THE ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENT-PATIENT TRANSPORT-HYGIENE-RELATED MEDICAL ISSUES-LICE, TICKS, AND WORMS-DENTAL ISSUES AND PROCEDURES-RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS-GUIDE TO PROTECTIVE MASKS-FOOD AND WATER-BORNE ILLNESS-WATER STERILIZATION-DIARRHEAL DISEASE AND DEHYDRATION-DEALING WITH SEWAGE ISSUES-RODENTS AS DISEASE VECTORS-FOOD POISONING-PATHOGENS (DISEASE-CAUSING ORGANISMS)-HOW INFECTIONS SPREAD-APPENDICITIS AND OTHER ABDOMINAL INFECTIONS AND CONDITIONS-HEPATITIS-URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS-INFECTIONS CAUSED BY YEAST-CELLULITIS-ABSCESSES-TETANUS-MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES-PANDEMICS-THE SURVIVAL SICK ROOM -HYPERTHERMIA (HEAT STROKE)-HYPOTHERMIA-FROSTBITE/IMMERSION (TRENCH) FOOT-COLD WATER SAFETY-FALLING THROUGH THE ICE-AVALANCHE PREPAREDNESS-ALTITUDE SICKNESS-WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS-SMOKE INHALATION-TORNADO PREPAREDNESS-HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS-EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS-FLOOD PREPAREDNESS-MARITIME SURVIVAL-NEAR-DROWNING-VOLCANO PREPAREDNESS-ALLERGIC REACTIONS-ASTHMA-ANAPHYLACTIC SHOCK-POISON IVY, OAK, AND SUMAC-RADIATION SICKNESS-BIOLOGICAL WARFARE-INJURIES TO SOFT TISSUES- MINOR WOUNDS-HEMORRHAGIC WOUNDS-PHYSICAL EFFECTS OF BLOOD LOSS-HEMORRHAGE CONTROL-TOURNIQUETS-COMMERCIAL BLOOD-CLOTTING AGENTS-KNIFE AND BULLET WOUNDS-BODY ARMOR-THE MEDIC UNDER FIRE-SOFT TISSUE CHRONIC WOUND CARE-HOW TO SUTURE SKIN-HOW TO STAPLE SKIN-LOCAL NERVE BLOCKS-BLISTERS, SPLINTERS, AND FISHHOOKS-NAIL BED INJURIES-BURN INJURIES-ANIMAL BITES-SNAKE BITES-INSECT BITES AND STINGS-HEAD INJURIES-SPRAINS AND STRAINS-DISLOCATIONS-FRACTURES-PNEUMOTHORAX-AMPUTATION-THYROID DISEASE-DIABETES-HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE-HEART DISEASE-ULCER AND ACID REFLUX DISEASE-SEIZURE DISORDERS-JOINT DISEASE-KIDNEY AND GALL BLADDER STONES-SKIN RASHES-VARICOSE VEINS-HEMORRHOIDS-AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION-TRACHEOTOMY-CPR IN THE UNCONSCIOUS PATIENT-HEADACHE-EYE TRAUMA AND INFECTIONS-NASAL TRAUMA-EAR INFECTIONS-PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY-ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION-SLEEP DEPRIVATION-OVER THE COUNTER DRUGS-PAIN RELIEF-ANTIBIOTICS- EXPIRATION DATES When medical personnel are overwhelmed and modern technology is non-existent, The Survival Medicine Handbook is THE essential book for your library.

  • Author: Joseph Alton MD
  • Publisher: Doom and Bloom, LLC; 3rd edition (June 7, 2016)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Medicine & Health Sciences
  • ISBN: 978-0988872554
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.58 x 9 inches

                 

4. 100 Deadly Skills: COMBAT EDITION: A Navy SEAL's Guide to Crushing Your Enemy, Fighting for Your Life, and Embracing Your Inner Badass


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

“The first volume in the 100 Deadly Skills series delivered clandestine hacks designed to allow readers to escape and evade threats at home and abroad. The second book, my Survival Edition , provided a blueprint to surviving chaos, misadventures, and fatal disasters. Now, with the Combat Edition , I’ve created the most comprehensive on-the-ground combatives manual ever assembled—traveling the country to learn the most effective combat techniques from some of the deadliest characters on Earth. The goal remains the same: allowing good people to defeat evil, fight for their lives, and survive another day.” — Clint Emerson Created by a retired Navy SEAL, this illustrated combat manual presents one hundred skills harvested from the world of special operations, outlaw bikers, lifelong martial artists, and professional fighters. Drawing on the unique skill sets of a carefully selected cadre of experts, each technique is carefully broken down to its component parts in order to radically improve your chances of coming out on top—whether you’re faced by an active shooter or coming toe to toe with a belligerent prick. Throughout, embedded step-by-step video content enables you to visualize the skills and practice them in real-time. These hundred deadly skills, which all rely on no-nonsense combative techniques, include: Weaponizing your non-violent posture Delivering damaging body strikes Accurately throwing a knife Quick drawing and shooting a handgun Tactically deceiving your enemy Surviving a multi-threat ambush Understanding non-lethal and lethal options Clint Emerson , retired Navy SEAL, spent twenty years conducting special ops all over the world while attached to SEAL Team Three, the National Security Agency (NSA), and a Special Mission Unit. Tom Mandrake has created and illustrated books, comics and graphic novels for over 40 years. Some of the titles he has worked on include Batman, The Spectre, The Martian Manhunter, The Punisher, The New Mutants, The X-Files, Creeps, To Hell You Ride and Kros: Hallowed Ground. H. Keith Melton, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, is an intelligence historian and a specialist in clandestine technology, espionage, and tradecraft. Melton is the author of many spy books.

  • Author: Clint Emerson
  • Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing (January 19, 2021)
  • Genre: History, Military
  • ISBN: 978-1544518862
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.74 x 8.25 inches

                 

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


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

“Most of us need never fashion a gas mask from a soup can.... Should the need arise, you’ll be glad for a copy of Survival Hacks ... offers tips ranging from making a cookstove from a packet of alcohol-soaked ramen to cutting a fishing lure from the shiny bits of your Visa card.” —The Seattle Times Turn everyday items into survival necessities! Would you be prepared if you needed to survive in the wilderness? Survival expert Creek Stewart shares his cache of practical, easy-to-follow tricks to help you transform everyday items into valuable gear that can save your life. Survival Hacks takes you step-by-step through transforming simple objects like soda tabs and plant leaves into essential survival tools. This rough-and-rugged guide covers everything from small-scale hacks, like using sticks and rope to make a table, to the big stuff, like creating a one-person emergency shelter from a trash bag or purifying dirty water using a plastic bottle and the sun. And you can be ready anywhere you go with everyday carry kits, pocket-sized survival kits, so you're never without the essential tools you need to make it on your own. Being prepared can make the difference when it comes to your survival in an emergency. And Survival Hacks makes it a whole lot easier.

  • Author: Creek Stewart
  • Publisher: Adams Media (April 1, 2016)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hiking & Camping
  • ISBN: 978-1440593345
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.44 inches

                 



6. The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

“Practical and sized just right, for places where Google can’t always be summoned. Includes a guide to what’s edible for foragers and key illustrations, in addition to recipes.” —The Washington Post What to eat, where to find it, and how to cook it! Renowned outdoors expert and New York Times bestselling author Dave Canterbury provides you with all you need to know about packing, trapping, and preparing food for your treks and wilderness travels. Whether you're headed out for a day hike or a weeklong expedition, you'll find everything you need to survive--and eat well--out in the wild. Canterbury makes certain you're set by not only teaching you how to hunt and gather, but also giving you recipes to make while on the trail. Complete with illustrations to accompany his instructions and a full-color photo guide of plants to forage and those to avoid, this is the go-to reference to keep in your pack. The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, and Cooking in the Wild helps you achieve the full outdoor experience. With it, you'll be prepared to set off on your trip and enjoy living off the land.

  • Author: Dave Canterbury
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Illustrated edition (October 1, 2016)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Cooking by Ingredient
  • ISBN: 978-1440598524
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.44 inches

                 

7. Bushcraft Illustrated: A Visual Guide


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

“An appealing coffee table book.” —The Wall Street Journal From Dave Canterbury—wilderness expert, New York Times bestselling author, and YouTube sensation—comes a fully illustrated guide to everything you need to know to hone your bushcraft, or wilderness survival skills, from types of shelter, to useful tools, to edible plants—and much more! Before you venture into the wilderness, learn exactly what you need to bring and what you need to know with this ultimate outdoor reference guide, by survivalist expert Dave Canterbury. Filled with more than 300 illustrations, Bushcraft Illustrated showcases the necessary tools and skills for an awesome outdoor adventure, including such as: Packs: Learn the different types and how to craft and pack your own. Cordage: Essential knot knowledge for outdoor survival. Firecraft: How to start a fire with a variety of materials. Trapping: Tips for catching small game. Plants: A catalog of edible plants to forage. …And much more! With its many helpful illustrations and detailed, easy-to-follow instructions, this illustrated Bushcraft guide is a must-have for the seasoned outdoor lover and adventure novice alike!

  • Author: Dave Canterbury
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Illustrated edition (May 7, 2019)
  • Genre: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Outdoor Cooking
  • ISBN: 978-1507209028
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 10 inches

                 

8. Outdoor Survival Guide: Survival Skills You Need (Field & Stream)


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

The expert outdoorsmen at Field & Stream share essential survival tips and techniques in this comprehensive guide. In modern daily life, almost any information or service you could need is just a click away. But when something goes wrong in the wilderness, you have nothing but your wits to rely on—so it’s best to be prepared. Field & Stream Outdoor Survival Guide is full of skills, tips and tricks for surviving a wide range of potentially dangerous situations. This volume covers typical dilemmas, like building a fire in the rain, as well as more extreme scenarios, like skinning and cooking a snake. It also covers a few skills that are just plain awesome—like making a blowgun. Geared to the hunter or fisherman, but with something for almost everyone who loves the great outdoors, this is the book you want in your backpack before heading out into any potentially sketchy situation.

  • Author: T. Edward Nickens
  • Publisher: Weldon Owen (August 14, 2012)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Sports & Outdoors

                 

9. How to Stay Alive in the Woods: A Complete Guide to Food, Shelter and Self-Preservation Anywhere


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

HOW TO STAY ALIVE IN THE WOODS is a practical, readable-and potentially indispensable-manual for anyone venturing into the great outdoors. Broken down into four essential sections, Sustenance, Warmth, Orientation and Safety, this enlightening guide reveals how to catch game without a gun, what plants to eat (full-color illustrations of these make identification simple), how to build a warm shelter, make clothing, protect yourself and signal for help. Detailed illustrations and expanded instructions, newly commissioned for this deluxe edition, offer crucial information at a glance, making How to Stay Alive in the Woods truly a lifesaver.

  • Author: Bradford Angier
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal; Revised ed. edition (November 1, 2001)
  • Genre: Sports & Outdoors, Hiking & Camping
  • ISBN: 978-1579122218
  • Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.25 x 9.4 inches

                 

10. Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why


Top 10 Best Books to Read in Outdoor Survival Skills - August 2021

"Unique among survival books…stunning…enthralling. Deep Survival makes compelling, and chilling, reading." ― Denver Post Laurence Gonzales’s bestselling Deep Survival has helped save lives from the deepest wildernesses, just as it has improved readers’ everyday lives. Its mix of adventure narrative, survival science, and practical advice has inspired everyone from business leaders to military officers, educators, and psychiatric professionals on how to take control of stress, learn to assess risk, and make better decisions under pressure.

  • Author: Laurence Gonzales
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint edition (January 10, 2017)
  • Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Psychology & Counseling
  • ISBN: 978-0393353716
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches