Five Books To Keep In Your BOB

My last post on preparedness/survival was called The Backpack Bug-Out Bag.  After hitting publish, I realized I forgot some very important items.  Today I want to focus on books, maps, and other, well, papers.

First, of course, would be the Bible.  If you don’t have much space, you can easily acquire one of those little pocket-size New Testamant, Psalms, and Proverbs.

Second, an important one would be a foraging guide.  A good guide should include detailed illustrations or photos of edible plants, as well as their poisonous look-alikes.  Say you bring your BOB into some state park… and get lost.  Your food supply runs low, then ceases.  Suddenly, plain old sardines seem like a delicacy.  Well, most likely, you’ll start heading for the plants.  But how do you know which plants are safe and which plants are not?

Third, and for the example of getting lost and stranded in a state park, get a map (does that count as a book?).  Or two.  And make sure you understand it.  Be sure you’re headed on the right path.

Fourth, a good practical wilderness survival manual.  I don’t have any particular suggestions, but a quick Amazon search reveals Bushcraft 101SAS Survival Manual, and perhaps How To Stay Alive In The Woods as popular manuals.   Make sure to do your own research; I haven’t personally read all of those.

Finally, a book on first aid.  James Wesley Rawles of SurvivalBlog says of his survival booklist which includes the following five medically related books, “You should probably have nearly every book on my Bookshelf page[includes the books listed below]. For some, you will want to have two or three copies.”

First Aid – (American Red Cross Handbook) Responding To Emergencies 

Wilderness Medicine, Beyond First Aid by Wiliam Forgey, MD 

Where There Is No Doctor: A Village Health Care Handbook by David Werner 

Mosby’s Outdoor Emergency Medical Guide by David Manhoff

Where There Is No Dentist by Murray Dickson

That’s it!  The top 5 categories of books to stash in that slightly over-stuffed BOB.

Do you have a personal favorite book on survival or an important category I missed?

Leave it in the comments, and I just might update this post and include your suggestion!


Hope you enjoyed.




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