You should read some wilderness survival books, which will guide you as to how to go about the preparation, in order to be prepared for survival in all kinds of conditions. You can find out more about what you need to stock, the plans you should have in place, how to take care of yourself and your family and a lot more.
You may have to wade through a lot of information to get to the right books, so here is a brief snapshot of the ten best wilderness survival books.
1. The Survival Handbook by Colin Towell: Written by a British military survival expert and trainer, this book can help you to survive in any part of the world and in any kind of weather condition. It tells you on how to use the stars as a navigation tool and includes the psychological and mental conditions associated with survival.
2. Outdoor Survival Skills by Larry Dean Olsen: Great details with photographs on the foods you can eat and survival skills necessary to live without available or emergency supplies of food, water, shelter or clothing.
3. Wilderness Survival by Gregory Davenport: Written by a USAF survival instructor the book has a host of tips and tricks on surviving in the wilderness with few resources. A military bias is evident throughout the book, but this adds to the information. One of the most interesting wilderness survival books which should be part of survival training.
4. Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills And Wilderness Survival by Mors L. Kochanski: A definitive text on surviving in forests and in the wild, the book provides usable advice on how to use a knife and axe to get the best out of the outdoors. With detailed diagrams and illustrations, the information is easy to follow.
5. Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living: Surviving with Nothing But Your Bare Hands and What You Find in the Woods by John McPherson and Geri McPherson: One of the best survival books, the authors guide you on how you can live off the land and thrive. The expert advice coupled with photographs and diagrams makes it practical to use. You will be able to build shelters, make weapons, start fires and more.
6. Essential Bushcraft by Ray Mears: A detailed book offering practical survival skills for living in the wild in all kinds of weather conditions. A step by step guide helps the practical instructions so that you live and eat off the land.
7. The SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman: Written by a survival instructor of the British SAS forces, this book is a mini survival training handbook. It offers detailed advice on how to get protection from animals and predators and has detailed diagrams on treating medical problems. This wilderniess survival book is good for local and emergency, short-term situations.
8. Survival Wisdom & Know How: Everything You Need to Know to Thrive in the Wilderness: A practical guide on surviving in the wilderness, this book offers a ton of useful information on hunting and fishing, surviving in different weather conditions and even includes recipes.
9. Tom Brown's Field Guide to Wilderness Survival by Tom Brown: The book gives details on how to get supplies of drinking water, hunt for animals, edible plants, building and maintaining a fire and building shelters when you are in the outdoors. Witten in easy to understand language, the book is informational without being complicated.
10. 98.6 Degrees - The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin: Written by a naturalist who believes in using aboriginal skills to survive, the book is humorous and a good read. It is full of practical knowledge on skills and encompasses biology, psychology and physiology.
A plethora of wilderness survival books including e-books are available off the internet and in bookstores. Remember to keep one or two with you in your survival kit.