Best Survivalists Books To Read in 2016

Preparedness is one of the key terms used when it comes to survival. Those who are prepared have a far better chance of making sound decisions and moving down the right path. Well, how does one become prepared? It has to start with the right literature in hand to make sure you have a guide assisting you every step of the way. It does not matter how much experience a person has, it is going to take a time to learn the nuances of what is required. Here are the best survivalist books of 2016.

Extreme Weather

must-readWhat is one thing most people are apprehensive about when it comes to survival? The weather is the primary concern most people cite. They are unable to get a proper read on conditions, and this hinders their chances of making reasonable decisions in the short and long-term. What does it take to read the skies? It is going to take 214 tips as listed in this read for one to make sure the right approach is being used. Those who want to get a better grip over the weather will need to give this comprehensive read a chance. It is a must-read.

The Hunting & Gathering Survival Manual

There is one issue most people will have from time to time, and that is food acquisition. When pressure is being felt, and survival is essential, food is the one thing that is going to provide energy and is mandatory. A person will not be able to live without food for too long. This is why having a guide such as this to provide meaningful advice on how to acquire food in such situations is a must. This read does a good job of providing information in this regard.

Bushcraft (Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival)

This is an excellent guide that has general information on the topic and is well-regarded by those who are looking to understand survivalism inside and out. You have to get a grip over the core concepts before you feel confident about what you are doing and the problems that might arise. It is not going to be easy regardless of what you are doing, and that is why you have to show the skills that are required. Those who don’t do this are the ones who will despise the quality they are getting. This is an excellent read to have in your collection.

The Boy’s Book of Adventure (The Little Guidebook for Smart and Resourceful Boys)

What about the young children that are looking to get into survivalism? What if you want to teach them the critical of preparedness? You have, to begin with, this book because it is the best in 2016 for preparing young minds and making sure they can understand what is written. The language is concise and easy to read for all ages. You will enjoy giving this to them.

The Complete Survival Shelters Handbook

Where are you going to find cover when the weather starts to become inclement? What about the night time as the sun sets and you have to find a place to sleep? You are not going to be able to stay up all day long, and that is why this guide is useful. It is going to provide tips and general intricacies of making sure you can build great survival shelters in 2016. The tips given here are tremendously valuable.

SAS Survival Guide

in this bookDo you want a sophisticated look into survivalism? Well, this is the only guide you are going to be moving towards then. It is an incredible read on a man’s survival experience over 26 years. What more do you want when it comes to all of the information a person is going to require in a situation such as this? You will fall in love with the read and how it is written. An excellent job has been done in accumulating the advice and putting it in this book because it is a joy to read.

The Ultimate Survival Manual

Want a book that is almost like a bible when it comes to survivalism? You will want this read. It is 256 pages long, and each word that is written down is going to teach you something new. What other books can give you such quality? You are going to be mesmerized by the size of the book, but it is well worth it. The content is tremendously well written, and you are going to acquire a substantial amount of knowledge from what is written down. You will never want to put it down.

Field Guide to Wilderness Medicine

It doesn’t matter how hard you try; you are going to need to be prepared for injuries and illness. It happens when your body is put in new and challenging situations that it is not used to. You are going to fall ill, and that is when being medically prepared is key. It is going to be the lynchpin for your survival. If you don’t know how to take care of yourself, it is going to be an impossible battle for you to win. This is a guide that is going to provide you everything when it comes to first aid assistance.

Going through all of these eight reads in 2016 is going to ensure you are ready to go and will see great results when it comes to survivalism. You will accumulate a lot of knowledge, and it is going to stay with you for a long time to come, and that is essential when you are under pressure. Survivalism is always going to be about preparedness, and these guides are the way to go for those who want to be ready as soon as it is time to start fending for yourself. Any one of these is an excellent addition to your collection and is going to provide you with knowledge that is not only useful now, but well into the future as well.

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The Best Gear To Survive In The Wilderness

When it comes to surviving out in the wilderness, you have a lot of options regarding gear. Every company out there wants to sell you high-quality gear, with all the bells and whistles, promising that it will make your survival trip the most comfortable ever. That said, sometimes you just want to rough it. Sometimes you want to go out into the wilderness with some basic equipment and survive for a few days. You don’t want luxury; you want the feeling of being able to command nature to work on your behalf, of being able to force nature to adhere to your will. Either way, you’re still going to need the best gear.

Bags And Packs

pack to carry thingsWhen it comes to spending any amount of time in the wilderness, you’re going to need a pack to carry things. The pack you want is going to be the pack that situates everything best on your back. You need something lightweight, and it needs to have plenty of space to carry things.

One of the top rated packs is the Osprey Atmos 65 AG. The AG stands for “Anti-Gravity”, and is called so due to the structure of the straps and hip belt. They’re designed with a bit of spring, which allows the pack to situate easily while being carried. The only downside is that many reviewers have found that it begins to feel less supportive when carrying loads of 50lbs or higher. It also weighs in at about 4 and 1/2 pounds, meaning it’s not considered a lightweight pack at all.

That said, it’s incredibly well ventilated, and has a good number of pockets. This allows it to be an incredibly versatile pack for shorter and mid-length trips. If you’re taking a longer trip, you may want to get a different pack. Still, at a cost of around $260, this pack will do most things you want it to do.

If you’re going on a shorter trip and are looking to spend a bit less money, you might choose the Gorilla 40 Ultralight. It weighs in at 1 lbs, 10oz, and can be purchased for around $190, depending on the exact features. It utilizes an aluminum frame to help with support, and its recommended carrying weight is 30 lbs, though it can comfortably carry up to 40 lbs.

Survival Knives

While there’s a lot of different survival gear you’re going to need, from water carriers to compasses to first aid kits, many of those things tend to be fairly decent as long as you go at least mid-quality. Simply talking to your local sporting good shop clerk will help you grab one that will work and be cost effective. But one piece of gear you need to be careful with is a knife. You need a good knife. Period. End of story. But since knives can get expensive, it’s vital to get one that’s going to last you a while and work well.

One of the best knives out there is the Schrade SCHF6 Extreme. It’s a fixed blade knife, which is the kind of knife you want for wilderness survival. Folding knives can be carried everywhere, but they’re not as durable, and they’re harder to maintain a grip on. The Schrade SCHF6 Extreme is a knife with both a smooth and a serrated blade, and a specially designed handle to help grip. It’s made of carbon steel and weighs in at a lightweight 13 oz. It’s a bit on the large side, boasting an 8-inch long blade, but the light weight makes up for that. In addition, you can find it for around $60, making it a great price for such a great tool.

Assorted Other Gear

first aid kitAs mentioned previously, there’s a lot of gear you might need when surviving in the wilderness that you don’t need specifics with. However, if you’re unfamiliar with wilderness survival, then you may not be able to wrap your head fully around what kind of equipment you may need. If that’s the case, here’s what to look for.

You’ll need rope, and it should be lightweight and sturdy. Many people prefer high-strength twine or 550 parachute cord for this. This kind of rope is thin, and can be used to tie together sticks for various purposes such as splints, makeshift shelters, gurneys, and in extreme situations, even rafts.

You’ll also need to put together a first aid kit. A sturdy metal box is the perfect carrying case, and it should include any basic emergency first aid supplies. Bandages, painkillers, disinfectant, and burn cream is generally the sort of stuff you’ll need.

Lastly, don’t forget navigation tools and water carriers. GPS devices are great, but bring a compass and a map, just in case. As for water, a sturdy canteen tends to be perfect. However, if you choose to go with the more modern water carrying packs, make sure it’s made of a durable rubber that can stand up to any stray branches or rocks that happen to brush against it. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself without the precious fluid of life!


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Ten Uncommon Survival Tips

Ten Uncommon Survival Tips

The outdoor survival tips you’ll find here are not the usual fare. They come from the unusual techniques that myself and others have experimented with. Keep them in mind in case the day comes when you are lost in the wilderness.

    1. Pull a piece of pack rat nest loose to use for tinder. These are usually found under rock ledges and in small caves, so they are dry even when it is raining. They are commonly full of plant fuzz, dry grass and other flammable materials.
    2. Polish the bottom of an aluminum pop or beer can, and you can use it to focus the sun’s rays to start a fire. Chocolate has been used to do the polishing, but you can also experiment with various natural substances. This is not easy, and probably not possible if the sun is too low, or the cannot shiny enough, but I have seen it work. Point the can-bottom at the sun and focus the rays to a small point of light on a piece of natural tinder or paper (a dollar bill works well).IMG_0901
    3. Another good source of dry tinder is from old milkweed pods. These often cling to the stalks all winter, and some of them usually have silky seed fuzz still in them, which can be dry even during pouring rain. Any source of flame, or even a spark will ignite this.
    4. Bottles and other glass can be used like a magnifying glass to start a fire. Ever since the first forest fire investigator traced the cause of a fire back to a discarded pop bottle, we have known that in bright sunlight, various types of glass can focus the rays to start a fire. You might want to try your own eyeglasses as well, especially if they are a thick prescription.
    5. Another source of dry tinder during wet weather is under things. Specifically, look under leaves for dry leaves, or under large logs for anything dry and flammable.
    6. Keep batteries against your body, or at least in your clothing during cold weather. They lose their power more quickly if they are cold, and depending on what they are for, they may be crucial to your survival.
    7. To cross a stream on a slippery log, throw some sand, grainy dirt or gravel on it. It will provide some traction. Using any stick for balance helps as well.
    8. Lost in the desert, but still have your tent? Use it to collect water. Let the rain fly drape over it, directly against it, so moisture won’t escape as it is normally supposed to. The resulting condensation may collect in small puddles on the tent floor. Scoop it up or drink it directly. You can also mop up moisture on the walls with a small piece of cloth and then wring out the water to drink it. This works especially well on cold nights.
    9. Need food? Trout often hang out where faster water dumps into pools, so look there first. You can sometimes chase them into shallows and catch them by hand, which usually means scooping them up quickly and throwing them onto the shore. As a child, I regularly caught fish of several types by hand.
    10. No shoes? Losing or destroying your footwear is always a possibility in a survival situation. If it happens, find pine trees that are oozing sap. Scrape it off with a piece of bark or wood. Spread it thickly on the soles of your feet, using it to glue strips of a soft bark to them. Cedar bark works well. It will provide some protection while you are walking. In cold weather, you may also want to cover your feet with plastic bags full of cattail seed fluff, to keep them warm.

These 10 outdoor/survival tips are great guide for your increasing your chances and overall experience when it comes to surviving in the wilderness. The survival is all about staying positive in your head, while using all the survival tips and tricks you know ad you advantage.

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Outdoor Survival – It’s All in Your Head pt.2

Outdoor Survival – It’s All in Your Head pt.2

Finding and/or building shelter is as much about your skill as it is the tools at your disposal, and the necessary materials will vary greatly with the terrain in which you happen to be. However, it is very inexpensive and always a good idea to tuck an emergency blanket and an emergency tube tent into a pouch, just in case. A Parachute Cord Bracelet can come in mighty handy too. Of course proper clothing is of utmost importance, and planning ahead for unexpected weather should always be a given. Remember, it is easier to carry clothing you don’t need than it is to manufacture clothing that you don’t have, if you do need it.

Keeping your strength and your wits up in an emergency situation is of course a top priority, especially during the first critical 72 hours. For centuries explorers image_thumb11have survived for months at a time on nothing more than pemmican and bannock in the worst of conditions. In today’s world, good quality dried jerky and emergency food bars would suffice, but you may also prefer to ad power gels and trail mix. Ongoing hydration is probably the biggest challenge, and you must have potable water to survive. Never venture out for even the shortest of walks without at least a military canteen and canteen cup, so that you could boil water if necessary. Easy to carry backups would also include water treatment tablets, a SteriPen or other UV purifier, and a pocket water filter.

653adffd2ab1163ba709a7eb5997955aNavigation in the high tech modern world is almost taken for granted. But cell phones and GPS devices are limited by battery life and are often not robust enough for some conditions. A good map of the area you’re in and a good pocket compass should always be considered, along with a powerful but lightweight monocular. Signaling for help may be necessary, and sometimes simple smoke from a fire can be lifesaving. Other lightweight lifesavers might be a survival whistle and a signaling mirror. You may also consider a personal locator beacon.

Always be prepared for the unexpected, and this includes the occasional injury. It’s crucial to keep at least a rudimentary first aid kit with you at all times. In addition, you should educate yourself in how and when to use a tourniquet, splints, and even basic suturing. In the wilds, even a small undressed wound can become perilous.FAO420F

Getting out into the wilds can be very wonderful experience indeed. The more survival skills you possess, the more chances for a positive experience you have. However, the most important thing is to stay “healthy” in your head and not to panic, although this sometimes can be the biggest problem and issue. Being PREPARED, both mentally and with the necessary provisions, may be all that gets you home safely, should an emergency survival situation arise.

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Outdoor Survival – It’s All in Your Head pt.1

Outdoor Survival – It’s All in Your Head pt.1

The great thing about survival is… it’s all in your head. Well, perhaps not ALL, but survivalists will agree that when life threatening emergencies do arise, a huge factor IS there. It’s your mindset, your ability to reason, and your will to survive. Always remember to S.T.O.P.! That is to say, S-(Sit Down), T-(Think), O-(Observe), and P-(Plan). Your worst enemy is not necessarily your situation. It is the FEAR of that situation. So, just don’t panic. Instead, sit down, think about the facts of your situation, observe your surroundings and supplies, and plan a strategy to deal with things in a prioritized and logical way. Your brain is a very powerful survival tool.

Of course there are other tools that a good outdoor lover will always have with them whenever hiking, camping, horseback riding, biking, or just about any other means of getting into the wilds. Most of the tools we will be concentrating on here are items that are easily carried on your person.

Five of the most important skills you can have are:

    • how to make fire
    • how to build shelter
    • how to find water and food
    • navigational and signaling for help skills
    • a basic knowledge of first aid.

There are countless variations of tools that can help you with all of this, and a good adventurer will ALWAYS have at the very least a set of the basics with them.


It is more than logical that one of the most important tools to always have with you is a good survival knife. It wasn’t all that long ago when practically every man carried a pocketknife, and wouldn’t even think of going into the woods without a trusty hunting knife strapped on his belt. Generally, modern survival knives are very robust and multifunctional, even if a bit smaller and less flashy. A good survival knife will be made of one solid piece of metal where the blade merges with the handle in what is called either a Full Tang or Narrow Tang design, and may end in a pommel at the end of the tang. Avoid cheaply made knives that have a hollow handle for other gadgets, or that have the blade as a separate piece from the handle. Also avoid oversized (too heavy) Rambo style knives, as many of the things a survivalist needs to do will be more detailed than a larger knife is suited for today’s world there are full-tang-handlemany different ways of making fire. It is a must to learn as many as you can, and many survivalists recommend that you have at least 3 means of making fire with you at all times. Of course there are waterproof matches and butane lighters, and they are always good to have with you. But they may not be 100 percent reliable in poor conditions. Fire pistons were discovered in southern Asia around a hundred and fifty years ago, and can be easily made if you are handy. The most dependable means of starting fire in virtually all conditions is the new and improved flint and steel method used in FireSteel scrapers. These are easy to carry, can produce sparks of up to 6000 degrees, and will start fire even in the soggiest of conditions. FireSteel is simply a must for all outdoor adventures.


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How to Prepare For Outdoor Survival pt2.

How to Prepare For Outdoor Survival pt2.

Navigation can make or break an experience in the wild. The surroundings are all typically the same no matter what direction you walk in. Landmarks are few and far in between. A compass is highly suggested along with a small map of the area in which you will be staying. Long sleeves and pants will help keep you from being injured from briars and other hazards as well as limit fresh skin available forwristwatch-navigation insects. If you get completely lost this attire should be able to get through the night in many terrains, and leave items that are not needed as landmarks to help others track you or to let you know if you have been walking in circles. When all else fails, a flare gun should have been a part of your survival kit. This should then be fire when times are getting hard. Once the flare has been fired you need to stay at that location.

Some of the more common insects and animals that could pose a problem in the wild are leeches, mosquitoes, and bears. If for any img_leeches_01reason you pick up a few leeches on your skin, it is important not to remove them without use of salt or alcohol. This is due to the jaws being left in the skin which can then become infected. Bug spray and netting should be used to prevent an abundance of mosquito and other insect bites as they are prone to diseases and infections. For addressing bears, all food needs to be kept in sealable containers to prevent the scent traveling and inviting a bear into your campsite. This is only a few of the many dangers that the wild possesses. It is important to research the natural inhabitants of any new area you plan to visit.

Another primary concern is animal bites such as spiders, snakes, and scorpions. Many breeds of these animals blackwidowcome packed with a toxic bite. Whether it be a black widow spider, rattlesnake, or other animal you need to know how to handle yourself. The vital part to helping a fellow camper or hiker that has been bitten is to clean the infected area well, and tie a piece of material or belt above the wound. This will help prevent infection and slow the movement of the poison throughout the body. Emergency officials need to be reached immediately if the bite is determined to come from a poisonous animal. An easy way to tell with snake bites are if a row of teeth appears it is typically a non-venomous snake, while if two distinct puncture marks are shown with or without the row of other teeth, it is a good assumption that the snake was poisonous. The next step is to assure that someone is monitoring the bitten person for changes in status. It often takes some time for symptoms to begin to appear. Treat the symptoms as best as possible with your first aid kits and seek help. The myth of sucking out venom is simply that and not suggested.

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How to Prepare For Outdoor Survival pt1.

How to Prepare For Outdoor Survival pt1.

The outdoors is a beautiful place in which nature is at its best. While the places you may spend your time in at the wilderness seem very safe, there are certain precautions that every person, even the seasoned hiker or camper needs to take. A first aid kit is absolutely essential on even the shortest outdoor excursions. A simple collection of antiseptic, bandages, and hydrocortisone cream should meet the needs of most minor injuries. For more serious injuries a cellular phone will prove to be very valuable or know the locations of the nearest phones that provide service to ranger stations.


Aside from having your first aid kit and way to communicate, the best way to protect you from perils of the outdoors is to know the area in which you are camping or hiking. You would not want to be dropped off in the middle of a huge city that you were not familiar with and the woods should be treated with same respect. By knowing your area, the climate for that particular time of year is very crucial. Not having the appropriate clothing to withstand the weather could cause great harm to you and your family. Remember that a lot of areas temperature range can vary by as much as 40 to 50 degrees between daylight and nighttime hours. To help combat temperature changes the proper equipment can make life out on the terrain a little easier. There are tents and sleeping bags designed for particular temperature ranges that will help keep your body temperature at a safe level. Hypothermia and heat exhaustion are two serious concerns that happen readily to unprepared campers and hikers.

PotentialShelter001The next point of interest is food and water. Your body will require water to survive. At least 2 liters of water needs to be available daily to sustain your body need for water. While this can be obtained from streams, wells, and other natural resources, it is always a good idea to add some bottled water to your pack. Dried foods can also be packed which are typically light such as MRE (Meals Ready to Eat), and dried fruits and vegetables. A little research can also provide you with naturally occurring food sources for the area you plan on scouting. Do not eat anything that you have not thoroughly researched, as many fruits and plants can look absolutely delicious but prove to be poisonous. Wild game can also be captured for those with knowledge of trapping or hunting. An important thing to remember when eating wild game is that you risk infection of diseases but will help keep the pack weight down and provide you with the variety of diet that you need for longer excursions.

For those skilled and experienced campers and hikers, creating a fire may not be that difficult. However, depending outdoor-survival-training-2on climate and amount of materials available to start a fire could prove a hard task for the more inexperienced hikers or campers. To make life out in the wild a little easier, waterproof matches would help start a fire easily. Two blocks of flint could also be used and of course if all else fails two dry sticks can give you that little amber you need to start your cooking fire. Pine straw and other dried vegetation are ideal for getting a fire started, but you will also need to locate larger wood sources to keep your fire going for an extended period of time. When you go out venturing for wood, do not travel alone. When possible, always try to travel with a friend in case danger does arise.


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How To Design An Outdoor Kitchen

How To Design An Outdoor Kitchen

Designing an outdoor kitchen may be the fulfillment of a lifelong goal. The thought of having friends, co-workers and family members over for a little outdoor barbecue and fun in the sun is one that appeals to many homeowners around the world. If it appeals to you, then you’ve probably asked the question, “How do I design an outdoor kitchen?” Since outdoor survival is all about the planning, there are several steps you should follow, possibly in the exact order as in this article.

The first thing you should do is actively seek out design patterns to determine the look of the area. Do your homework and choose something that feels right. It’s hard to undo once you have broken ground and the best way to avoid headaches and hassles down the road is to plan effectively. That will lead you to the next step: Make it happen.

Easier said than done, you are probably thinking. Few people who want to design their outdoor kitchen can probably not build one. Still, it is important to have some understanding for how to make it happen. Ideally, yououtdoor-kitchen-design want to use as many existing power sources as possible to cut down on cost. It is probably not possible to keep from hiring an electrician. At the very least, you should consult with one to get the logistics down. Marry the design to what is possible, and then move on to step three: Blueprint it.

The overhead shot is the best way to determine what will work and what will not. This is also the stage where some new ideas may come your way that you feel will make the outdoor kitchen more effective. Once you have a satisfactory blueprint down, it’s time to flesh out the design, and the only way to do that is to move on to step four: Select materials.

The Internet has made it easier than ever to put the kitchen of your dreams together. By learning from the ideas of what others have done before you, it can often spark creativity and lead to some new design ideas that really bring out the best in your kitchen cabinets, backsplash, and countertops.

 If you have a few special ideas down, you may wish to meet with an interior decorator and get their advice on durable and cost effective materials that can make your outdoor kitchen become a reality. And that leads to the fifth and final step to outdoor kitchen design – Selecting appliances.

 Every kitchen needs appliances to function properly and truly be called a kitchen. Of course, it helps to know to what extent you will be using your outdoor kitchen. If you are the type who entertains frequently, then you will not want to leave anything out. If you’re simply looking for a light storage area for snacks and drinks, you may be able to cut out some features. Either way, it’s all about the planning.

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