Five Prepper Gems

Posted: February 1, 2015 in All Others
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Five Prepper Gems

Ok, let’s face it. We all have days when we can’t get it together. When the prepping idea well has run dry and we can’t seem to find or come up with that new idea or plan to work. You know those days when we need some help to get us started or just something to help get us motivated again. But can we do?

I have stumbled across one thing that has helped me in the past and I thought I would share it with you all.

Prepper Books. Yes, those little gems of ideas that others have tolled over, put their blood, sweat and tears into in hopes of assisting those of us who need a little guidance in our times of need. These books are great source of ideas, projects and information to get those juices flowing to help us get pass that “prepper block” that we all can experience from time to time.

I thought I would share some of those gems that I have found that you can use to help you out along your prepping journey.

Survival Mom: How to Prepare Your Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case ScenariosFirst up is one of my favorites and one of the better written books in this genera, Survival Mom: How to Prepare You Family for Everyday Disasters and Worst-Case Scenarios, by Lisa Bedford. Lisa, tackles everything from the importance of water during the survival scenario to how to better set-up your “Home Base” for survival. Some other topics that Lisa explores are:

Importance of Hygiene during a disaster

  • Food storage
  • Security and Safety
  • Evacuation basics
  • Living without electricity
  • Alternative power sources

Another great “how to” book is The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival Guide, by Creek Stewart. I know it’s a cheesy title, but it is filled with great information concerning bushcraft and survival in the wild.

The Unofficial Hunger Games Wilderness Survival GuideCreek covers all the basics of survival from building shelters to wild edibles to survival first-aid. A great thing about this book is the step-by-step instructions and great pictures that will assist you in learning these skills that could, one day save your life in a survival situation.

The Survival Medicine Handbook: A guide for when help is NOT on the wayNo prepper library would be complete with a first-aid reference manual or book of some type. The Survival Medicine Handbook, A Guide For When Help Is Not On The Way, by Joseph Alton, M.D. and Amy Alton, A.R.N.P. This book is written from a different perspective than most. This book is written from the point of understanding that there will be no medical assistance or doctors available after a large scale SHTF event. This book is filled with lifesaving instructions for you to use treat injuries, illness and wounds in the absence of medical assistance that is normally available. In the latest edition of this book, you will even find some natural and herbal remedies for some medical issues. Again, this is a great addition to your prepper library that will serve as a great medical reference for the SHTF.

How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain ThingsThis next book is one of the first “prepper” books that I ever ran across in a barbershop one afternoon. How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It: Tactics, Techniques and Technologies for Uncertain Things, by James Wesley Rawles. This book covers tactics and techniques of survival in almost every situation that a one is likely to face. This book was written in the middle of the 2008 collapse and published in 2009. It is written from the point of view of economic collapse and provides the reader great ideas on how to not only weather an economic collapse but other events including terrorist attacks.

Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn't Know You Could EatThe final book that I think everyone should have as a reference is Backyard Foraging: 65 Familiar Plants You Didn’t Know You Could Eat, by Ellen Zachos. This is one of those reference manuals that everyone who is serious about survival should have. It provides you with the needed plant information for you to survive directly off the land. This book contain 70 full-colored pictures of different plants you are likely to encounter in the wild. A bonus in this book is a section that addresses how to avoid pesticides and another section illustrating those plants that are poisons for human consumption. This is a great reference book for those who are going to use foraging as part of their survival and prepping strategy.

In today’s age of Amazon and other electronic publishing, building a reference library is very easily and almost impossible to avoid. A reference library as a prepper is a must, no matter if it’s in print or electronic. None of us know everything or can be an expert in every subject. It’s great to be able to have an expert whenever you need one.

Again, this is just a small list of the resources that are available to provide expert advice in most situations that you can find yourself in during a survival situation. If you haven’t started all ready, you need to begin to build your reference library today.



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