If you want to survive in the wilderness, then you have to train your body, soul, and spirit. It is no easy fit. You will need to forget everything you’ve seen in staged and pseudo survival shows on television or elsewhere.
Before you start the physical preparation, you need to get your spirit and mind ready for it. You also need to know just what you need to know to be physically ready. Reading is the most important thing to do first, and we have five of the best books to get you started right here.
The Long Winter – Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Ingalls family was caught up in both the never-ending winters of 1880 and 1881 in the wilds of Dakota. Laura, a member of the family, narrates how they survived for nearly seven months. Her descriptions of epic snowfall, budding cabin fever, and more are exceptional.
Island of the Blue Dolphin – Scott O’Dell
This book is based on the true story of Juana Maria. However, it was heavily fictionalized. The book follows the adventures of 12-year-old Karana, who lives alone on a deserted Pacific Island. She had to learn to build the things she needs to survive, including weapons and tools.
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
In this book, you will learn about the life and time of a brave 12-year old boy who runs away from home (New York City) to the Catskill Mountains. He lived in a hollow tree, befriending a falcon and a weasel.
Hatchet – Gary Paulsen
As if the divorce of his parents was not enough trouble, 13-year-old Brian suffers a plane crash but was lucky to survive. Unluckily for the young blood, he had just his hatchet in the wilderness of Canada. He relied on it for food, fire, and shelter.
The Cay – Theodore Taylor
This is not just a book about survival. It teaches important life lessons regarding tolerance, racism, and love. The book is dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr., so you should have an idea of how valuable it can be.
There are several other books that focus on surviving in the wilderness. These, we believe, are some of the best reads you can grab right away. In case you will like to know what it takes to survive in the wilderness, you should grab any of these books and read.