My Favorite Camping and Outdoors Books

When it comes to camping, hiking, backpacking, and survival, you can never be too prepared. This is one of those areas where you should always be practicing, learning, testing, and improving – the right information and knowledge could literally save your life when you’re enjoying the wilderness.

Some people think that all they need is the right equipment and they’ll be golden – use what the pros use, right? But what if you’ve got your down filled sleeping bags, your Coleman stove and lamps, the best family tent you can find for you and kin, and an emergency comes up that you are unprepared to deal with? You can have all the ‘stuff’ in the world, but if you lack the knowledge and know-how, you can be in serious trouble.

My Favorite Camping and Outdoors BooksNow, we obviously turned to books to help us improve our camping skills, and it would be a disservice if we did not share what we have come up with. From fires to picking the right location for your tent, there are important tips and tricks in these books that will give you the necessary base of knowledge and skills to survive in the great outdoors in many situations.

The Ultimate Camping Guide and Camping Tips

G.A. Iron Cloud writes this number one best seller that goes into great detail about numerous adventure styles from car camping to backpacking. There are tips about camping in general, advice about the right kind of gear to bring, checklist information, ideas for camping with pets, and more.

It is a very comprehensive book that is easily digestible with just over 100 pages. The concise tips and tricks laid out in these pages will definitely give you more ideas than you ever thought possible when it comes to getting the most out of your camping trips, and will also sharpen your knowledge and skills when it comes to survival and staying safe.

You can find the book on Amazon in paperback edition or for your Kindle.

100 Easy Camping Recipes

Lets now say that you have all the skills and knowledge in the world – you can stay alive in any situation!

Until you have to put together an edible meal.

That’s where this book comes in.

You will find a lot of recipes for different styles of cooking, including but not limited to:

  • Grilling recipes
  • Dutch oven recipes
  • Campfire cooking

You’ll learn to cook with all sorts of ingredients and in all situations so that you don’t wither away underneath your camping gear at the top of a mountain when you realize you don’t know how to prepare that delicious tin of beans you packed in the bottom of your bag.

The Backpacker’s Field Manual, Revised and Updated: A Comprehensive Guide to Mastering Backcountry Skills

If you’re into backpacking and more serious backcountry outings, this is the book for you.

Princeton University’s Rick Curtis gives you over 400 pages of in depth info ranging from how to choose a group with whom to go backpacking to dealing with certain weather conditions.

This is your one stop shop for all things backpacking, and is as detailed and impressive as your checklist and kit right before you leave the beaten path for the one less traveled.

If you’re going camping and need to be fully prepared, check out these three books to get the most out of your experience and stay safe.