Your Most Important Prep
As many experienced preparedness gurus will tell you, knowledge is one of your most important preps. You can have all of the tools and gadgets in the world (even off-grid ones that run on manual power), but if you don’t know how to use them, you will not survive.
This generation wouldn’t know how to do anything without the internet. I mean, you can google how to boil water… Seriously? You can find out how to do just about anything under the sun on Pinterest, which is one of my favorite sites; however, if SHTF and we are left without power, all of that profound knowledge will be lost.
Books are the solution to this problem. Real, tangible books with pages and ink. I don’t have an e-reader yet, and I tend to prefer the real deal anyways so that’s what I’ve listed for you.
Here are a few books that I recommend having on hand. These are books that I’ve either read, or really really want to read, and know they are (and will be) great resources for anyone who is serious about preparing for the future. I’ll continue adding to this list as I find new ones, but this is a start 🙂
Preparedness in General
- Be Prepared for Anything: Building your Survival Plan
- Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72 Hour Disaster Survival Kit
- Countdown to Preparedness: The Prepper’s 52-Week Course to Total Disaster Readiness Read my Review HERE!
- Doctor Prepper’s Making the Best of Basics
- Prepper’s Home Defense: Security Strategies to Protect Your Family by Any Means Necessary
- Prepper’s Long-Term Survival Guide
- Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios
- The Prepper’s Complete Book of Disaster Readiness: Life-Saving Skills, Supplies, Tactics and Plans
- The Prepper’s Pocket Guide: 101 Easy Things You Can Do to Ready Your Home for a Disaster
- Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle
- Pioneering Today: Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way
- The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
- The Encyclopedia of Country Living: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself
- Not a book, but very helpful nonetheless: At Home Canning for Beginners and Beyond (DVD) Read my review HERE!
- Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
- Food Storage for Self-Sufficiency and Survival: The Essential Guide for Family Preparedness. Read my review HERE!
- Putting Food By
- Simply Canning: Survival Guide to Safe Home Canning
- The Dehydrator Bible
- The Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months
- All New Square Foot Gardening
- Secret Garden of Survival: How to grow a camouflaged food- forest.
- Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners
- The Edible Garden
- The New Self-Sufficient Gardener
- Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book
- It Starts with Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways. (Note: Our family does not maintain a full Paleo diet, but this book was very eye opening, and the next book, Well Fed, has some great from-scratch and real food recipes that we really enjoy.)
- Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People who love Food
- Taste of Home Cookbook
- The Pioneer Woman Cooks– Or any of her cookbooks
- The Prepper’s Cookbook
- Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together! Read my Review HERE.
- Living Ready Pocket Manual: First Aid: Fundamentals for Survival
- Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use
- The Essential Survival Guide to Medical Preparedness Read my Review HERE
- The Survival Medicine Handbook: A Guide for When Help is Not on the Way
- Where There Is No Dentist
- Where There Is No Doctor
A couple non-fiction, but mostly fiction books to get their creative minds going. 🙂
Preschool and Elementary
- Arrowhawk: A True Survival Story
- Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure: A Prepper’s Book for Kids Read my Review HERE!
- Snook Alone
- Island of the Blue Dolphins
- The Incredible Journey (Also made into a movie called Homeward Bound, which I LOVED growing up!)
- The Ladd Family Adventure Series– Some of these books are more adventure/mystery while others are more survival-minded. All good books! Similar to Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys’ books.
Late Middle School/High School
A few books that aren’t necessarily about Prepping, but have been very important to me in our prepping journey nonetheless:
- Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover Along with the highly recommended by myself and many many others: Financial Peace University Classes (Check local churches for dates and times)
- Smart Money Smart Kids
- The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Just for Fun
We need some good old fashioned fiction books to keep our minds occupied, too! Don’t forget some of these for entertainment:
- Going Home
- Lights Out
- One Second After
- Restoration Series
- The Harbinger: The Ancient Mystery That Holds the Secret of America’s Future
- The Island
- Again, not a book, but good family entertainment that will still get you thinking: Conflicted: The Survival Card Game
Because I just couldn’t resist a few of these awesome titles, here are a few publications that are only in e-book format. Just have that Goal Zero Solar Generator ready to go for your Kindle or iPad 🙂
- A Primer on Pickling: Learn How to Pickle Food in a Single Afternoon!
- Food Storage Made Easy Binder Package
- How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget
- How to Survive a Nuclear Bomb
- The Pantry Journal
- The Preparedness Planner
- The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage
- The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Burns
- The Survival Doctor’s Guide to Wounds
- 11 Steps to Living a Strategic Life: A Guide to Survival During Uncertain Times
- 77 Days in September (Fiction)
What About You?
What are your favorite preparedness books? What do you think will be the MOST important information to have on hand if SHTF?
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