Prepping 101: Your Prepper Library

Prepping 101 Your Prepper Library

Building Your Prepper Library

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Time to Read

You hit Amazon and you’ll find HUNDREDS if not THOUSANDS of prepper/survival books. From old and even newer military FM’s TM’s TC etc to How to grow Apples to Zucchini. The list is endless.

How does the entry level, or even more advanced prepper know what is worth their time or money. Or needs to be moved to the fire starting or latrine role.

First off. I’m going to dis recommend the Ranger Handbook, SAS Manual SF Manual and others in the league.

Why you ask?

Well they are GREAT books. But they are not for prepping. Sure you’ll learn how to patrol, do bounding over watch. Lay out some cool traps and land navigate with a compass made from your watch and a pin. And while these are tools a prepper should learn, I think that we’d be better off learning how to preserve and grow food. Hunting. Making clothing. Getting finances under control prior to SHTF. Well, security is a good thing to learn so we’ll include that.

The Books

This is by no means a complete list. It will get you started.

1. Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for When There is No Doctor

2. Prepping for a Pandemic: Life-Saving Supplies, Skills and Plans for Surviving an Outbreak

Cat Ellis is an herbalist with over 20 years experience. Both of these are in bug out bags. Vacuum sealed. And also a 2nd set is as a desk reference. I use the first as a text book for my classes I teach. Please note, Prepping for a Pandemic is nearly impossible to get a physical copy as they sell out as soon as Amazon gets them in. It is, however, available as a Kindle book. Get it, make notes, and save those notes for SHTF.

3. The Prepper’s Blueprint: The Step-By-Step Guide To Help You Through Any Disaster

I know Tess Pennington and Daisy Luther personally. My copy is well worn and dog eared but is always at hands reach

4. LDS Preparedness Manual

There is not a better book that gives you the step by step methods to get your stores in order. In a few ways, the LDS church is similar to my heathen faith, in its devotion to family and community. Annnd… we’ll leave it there. Get it. Ignore the LDS kool aid and learn from it. (Teaser: We’re working on a pagan-friendly version of this book of our own.)

5-10. The Foxfire Books Volume 1-6

I was a kid when these came out. My hippie aunt collected them with Mother Earth News. My dad grumbled “Bunch of damn hippie kids fooling around with peoples lives. The should get a job” Well sorry dad, That bunch of hippie kids saved centuries of traditions from being lost. (Actually the old man bought ALL the volumes. Said is was about time people started to listen to old folks)

11. Prepper’s Pantry: Build a Nutritious Stockpile to Survive Blizzards, Blackouts, Hurricanes, Pandemics, Economic Collapse, or Any Other Disasters

Daisy Luther is a well known, down-to-earth prepper and author. She learned her trade the hard way. Everything she writes is things she has done to make it.

And the Why

Some preppers say books are a waste of space and weight. I think that an assortment of well selected books serve more than one purpose. They educate. The entertain. They can saves lives.


Good books can teach you to do things you never thought you would be able to do. From planting a row of corn. Hemming some pants. Setting a snare to harvest a deer instead of shooting it. We are constantly learning. We need to keep the mind sharp


When I read a book, I can transport my self into the story. In a few minutes I’m Tyler Vernon in the Troy ready to kick ass on people coming though the gate. Humans need that detachment. It helps

Save lives

There is NO SUBSTITUTE for first hand practical knowledge on healthcare. (So sign up for a class or 2!!) if you have a good grounding in medicine a book may help you diagnose or repair something that you would not otherwise be able to.

These titles should give you a good start in expanding your prepper knowledge. This will give you an advantage in your planning efforts, and will be an invaluable resource in a post-SHTF world. Do you have a favorite prepper book we didn’t list? Let us know in the comments!

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