Reddit reviews: The best safety & first aid books

We found 540 Reddit comments discussing the best safety & first aid books. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 153 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Safety & First Aid:

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/AskWomen

I'd like to suggest a book, written by a former navy seal (team 6) and NSA officer. :) trust me, I think it will be hands down the best option you'll have on here if you actually look into it.

Don't be thrown off by the title. This guy is serious about security. You'll also find some really weird stuff but you can skip that. Also, the second link is a good place to find DIY security stuff, like DVR security camera systems and all that. Beyond that, dogs!! :) big and dark colored especially :)



EDIT: I looked back and saw you already have a dog and whatnot...

good thieves know how to manage dogs pretty well, so that's not the end all be all anyways. However, the key is to be unpredictable, like many have already alluded to. For example, don't keep valuable things in a safe. Go and buy a safe if it makes you feel more comfortable. But don't put your most important things there -- put some other less important stuff to throw off whoever is intruding and make them think they've found everything. Put the important stuff somewhere else that someone would never, ever, ever be able to suspect, like in a wall or something. Seriously.

u/Toolaa · 7 pointsr/Firearms

I assume you mean home defense. I’m not familiar with CA laws but I suspect that getting a Concealed Carry permit is a rather difficult process.

So for home defense either caliber would be effective. But there are some things you may want to consider before buying. Assuming you are choosing between the two calibers you me mentioned.

The brand, size, cost of the gun is less important than your ability under stress to fire at your target and get a first round hit in a critical area.

Think about that statement carefully because it really matters. So your ability to build up your skill level, comfortability, muscle memory and situational awareness with your chosen firearm must be priority number one when preparing to defend yourself.

You build those skills through a lot of practice and discipline. Unless money is not a problem for you, you should plan on firing at hundreds of rounds per practice session at the range. The cost of ammo is a factor then, so thats one good reason to choose 9mm.

Now when getting to the type of gun. If it’s for home, meaning you are not carrying this thing on your belt every day, bigger with more the most rounds your state will allow in the magazine is better. A full size gun with roughly a 5” barrel would be a good start. Something like a CZ 75B is not a bad starter. It’s all steel which helps reduce the felt recoil. You cant go wrong with a Glock G17 either, but there are many more good sub $650 options.

If you can swing the extra $100 get a set of Tritium Night Sights.

Lastly if you are a new gun owner I recommend reading either or both of these great books about defending yourself.

Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense Ayoob Massad


The Law of Self Defense: The Indispensable Guide to the Armed Citizen

Good Luck during your journey

u/lukipedia · 1 pointr/UTAustin

I hear you. Remember, though, that a gun is a tool like any other, and there are only certain situations it can help you out of.*

The single most important and effective defense mechanism to keep you safe is your brain. Your behaviors, your situational awareness, and your body language all contribute to your likelihood of making yourself a target. Some things are obvious—don't walk alone at night; favor well-lit, busy areas; don't walk while using a phone or while using headphones—but there are plenty of smaller, subtler actions you can take that add up to you being more challenging prey.

Some examples:

  • Have your house keys in hand before you get out of the car to minimize the amount of time you're outside and distracted.
  • Develop good relationships with your neighbors and learn their habits and patterns (they'll look out for you, and you'll notice more quickly when something's out of place).
  • Walk confidently and acknowledge other people without staring.
  • Whenever entering a new environment, learn to quickly get the lay of the land: What kind of people are here? Where are the exits? What obstacles would I encounter if I had to get out or take shelter?

    The most essential thing you can do to protect yourself—and your friends, and your girlfriend, and your family, and whomever—is cultivate an incredibly strong sense of situational awareness. When you can see and feel what is happening around you, when you notice subtle shifts in behavior, when the energy in a room suddenly changes, you can anticipate things and react before they happen. That's how you save yourself from bad situations: by not getting into them in the first place. Train your gut and listen to it. If the current situation feels bad, get out. Worst case is you're wrong, but you're no longer suffering in a situation that feels uncomfortable; best case is your gut was right and that you're not dead.

    There's a whole host of interesting books—many written in response to lessons learned after almost two decades of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan—that can help you develop that mindset.

    *Side note: there are other tools you can use, too, to make yourself a more difficult target. My favorite is a really bright flashlight. Few criminals want to be easily identified, and getting a face full of bright, white light is a big (and painful) deterrent, especially at night. There are even some—like the Surefire E1D and E2D—that have serrations to make them more effective for striking. I carry a Surefire EB1 in my pocket and a G2X LE in my bag every day. You wouldn't believe how handy a flashlight is day-to-day ("shit, dropped my phone under the car seat again"), and having the ability to check a dark alley or the space between my car and the one next to mine is great for maintaining that situational awareness.
u/ajswdf · 3 pointsr/financialindependence

I don't know what you're specifically interested in, but here of a couple books I liked:

Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown. He's a semi-famous magician/mentalist in the UK, and this book has a ton of really interesting stuff in it like hypnosis and memory hacks. The only issue is the NLP stuff, which is pseudo-science, but the rest is good.

100 Deadly Skills was interesting, although I'm not sure how useful it is.

The Selfish Gene is a more famous book than those two, but if you're interested in evolution at all it's an awesome book.

I'm not much of a science fiction reader, but I really liked the Foundation Series. Also most Michael Crichton books are good, although in particular I liked Sphere, Jurassic Park and the Lost World, Congo, Timeline, and Prey.

u/eramnes · 6 pointsr/preppers

What is your level of medical training? If you don't have any, the best bet is to go get some, which will help guide what you need to prep. In my opinion, it;s important to stock what you will be able to use; unless you have already have an MD as a group member or have a plan to recruit one.

Everyone should have at least the Red Cross First Aid Kit supplies on hand, even if they have no training at all. Augmenting this with some basic First Aid/CPR training is the minimum I would consider "prepared".

As you advance in skill level, you can expand to an different kit [page 53, PDF warning]. On page 60, the kit gets even more advanced, which you would need only with an MD on hand. There is also the Ship Captain's Medical Guide, with advice for non-doctors, in conjunction with MSN 1768 which contains a whole list of supplies, non-prescription, and prescription drugs.

Trauma medicine is a whole different discussion. You might look in to Tactical Combat Casualty Care from the US Army, but this will not help with long-term management of trauma victims. Trauma victims need an actual hospital.

I suggest having at least one good medical reference on hand. If I could have one book, it would be Wilderness Medicine by William Forgey, MD. It contains a list of procedures (with instructions) and medicines you'd likely to be able to use in an austere environment. Much is said of books like Ditch Medicine and Where There Is No Doctor, but I don't feel they are as good of a reference as Wilderness Medicine. There are more books worth having if you have an MD on hand, but we can get in to those later.

If you have the ability, take a wilderness medicine class; whether that be first responder or wilderness EMT. Barring that, try to get a first responder or EMT certification from a standard agency. The wilderness classes can teach a bit more than the standard classes with regard to managing things in a remote/austere situation. Training is really going to make all the difference.

I am somewhat a member of the "antibiotic police" and I suggest knowing what you are doing if you decide to stockpile them. The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy is a guide which can tell you which antibiotics are useful for a particular infection. The "different kit" link from earlier in the post has information on how to determine what it is you are dealing with; but you will need some basic lab equipment to make those decisions. Really, using regular antibiotic ointments will cover most of the issues you would run across. Broad-spectrum antibiotics are the best investment if you must get something, but make sure you have enough for a full course.

Questions please ask and I will help if I can.

u/politisci · 2 pointsr/prepping

the SAS Survival Guide is generally thought of as a good go-to book for all preppers to have in their library and specifically those who are building their cache from scratch. Here's a link:


Also, water and heat are good initial topics to cover for your survival mindset as a beginner. For these topics, you'll need to consider questions like, "Do I live near a water source other than city water?" and, "How would I best get clean water?" and, "What is the best way I could create heat to boil water, cook food and stay warm/dry?"
Remember to buy within your budget and don't go overboard. Take the time you need to purchase wisely for your cache.
Good luck and have fun.

u/emk · 2 pointsr/languagelearning

Assimil got me to the place it gets most people: A pretty decent A2, or enough to carry on a conversation with pantomime, or to read an easy native book with plenty of guessing. I've seen a few people mix Assimil with native media, and some of them have made it closer to B1 by the end of the course. But as somebody who used Assimil NFWE and later passed a DELF B2 exam, I can say with confidence that NFWE won't get you anywhere near a solid B2 on its own.

As for Spanish, I've been "studying" it for well under 10 hours. :-) I saw nice results using subs2srs with Y Tu Mamá También, and I'm now having a total blast with the Latin American dub of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Subs2srs seems to allow me stretch about 3 or 4 CEFR levels above my "natural" listening abilities before it gets frustrating.

I've also picked up copies of Matando Cabos and Pan's Labyrith (both of which have accurate subs), and I've ordered a copy of the graphic novel Blacksad, which is basically my favorite film noir parody ever. Happily, thanks to my prior experience with French and Anki, it looks like I can just skip the courses entirely and dive straight into native materials. My only grammar reference so far is a laminated 4-page cheat sheet, and that seems to be enough. It definitely feels a little weird to be make it up as I go along, though!

u/BarrogaPoga · 2 pointsr/CampingandHiking

No problem. This subreddit is very helpful for starting out, but search around online too. Backpacker magazine has an excellent website with all sorts of good information.

We like to get on Google maps and click around on the green parts to see whats around, then research the areas. If something looks interesting, we'll check it out one weekend. It adds a little sense of adventure to our trips as well.

We've done 2 road trips through southern Utah and the Four Corners area (one in the winter and one in the summer) and we stopped at several places my Utahn husband had never heard of because i saw it on a map. We were pleasantly surprised with a lot of places and disappointed with some well known spots.

First, get an idea of where you want to go (mountain, desert, swamp, etc), then do a couple of day trips through the area. Get a decent map before you go and learn how to use a compass. You never want to go out into the wilderness without knowing how to get back out. Read Les Stroud's book, Survive. He has some awesome advice in the book and it's very practical. It makes you think about a lot of things before you go out.

u/Vaxper · 6 pointsr/Survival

To add to what Ryan said, there are also a bunch of good books on the subject, most of which can be found for free.

John 'Lofty' Wiseman's SAS Survival Handbook is extremely comprehensive (around 600 pages) and very information-dense.

The US Army Survival Manual is also pretty good, but it's not as comprehensive or detailed as Wiseman's book.

Although it's more of a bushcraft book, Mors Kochanski's Bushcraft is extremely well done. His descriptions are easy to read, but fairly comprehensive, and are paired with detailed sketches and pictures.

Mainly, just go out and practice. You're already a capable outdoorsman, so it shouldn't be too much of a hassle. If you wanna take courses, just search around for courses near where you are, or maybe look at something like NOLS. Hope that's helpful.

u/Hanginon · 1 pointr/camping

Welcome to the Great Outdoors!

There's already lots of Great advice in this thread!

You could maybe borrow her parents gear again, go to a tent camping campground and talk to other tent campers about their gear. How they use it, how it performs, why they like it, why they don't like it. You'll get some cheap and easy hands on information. Most campers are rather friendly and willing to share knowledge & information. NEVER go into someone's campsite when they are not there!

Here's something more to consider. Camping with your girlfriend, you should not discount getting a 3 person tent for 2 people, the extra room can be really important/comfortable when/if you're stuck in the tent for a while, usually due to temporary bad weather. IE, Florida Thunderstorms. You/she will appreciate that there's "So much room for activities!"! I recently upgraded to a 3 person tent for my girlfriend & I and love it! When shopping for tents keep in mind that you're looking for a place to live.

One caveat on gear is "The more you know, the less you need", so develop some outdoor skills! Which knife is "best"? The sharp one!
Learn how to properly create and keep a sharp edge on which ever knife you prefer. Learn how not to die in a bad situation, which you WILL have sooner or later. Carry a small portable shelter when hiking, or any time you're away from your base shelter.

Learn how to have [clean water,]https://www.cdc.gov/family/camping) ( "Intestinal Distress" (Sitting on the toilet, hugging a bucket) isn't fun! Hygene outdoors is a bigger priority than many people only pay passing focus on, and a large part of that is how to shit in the woods.

Learn how to find your way without electronics, and get some knowledge of the plants & animals in your area, (The more you know...).

Keep in mind that there are many ways to enjoy the outdoors, all of them equally valid on their own terms.

Learning and enjoying outdoor skills never ends, It is truly a Pursuit of a Lifetime.

Have fun!

u/Saol_Sabhail · 1 pointr/ems

Glendale Community College. In Arizona, great instructors.

I have the order of the main assessments down its trying to remember everything in each of the assessments like this is what I have so far...


Scene Size Up:

  1. BSI / Scene Safety
  2. MoI / NoI
  3. Number of PT
  4. Call for ALS / Transport
  5. C-Spine consideration.

    Primary Assess.:
  6. Gen. Impression
  7. Level of Consciousness
  8. Chief Complaint
  9. Airway, Check for obstructions, fluids and objects, consider OPA / NPA
  10. Breathing, check for breathing, consider BVM, Oxygen. Log
  11. Circulation, Look for obvious bleeding, check Carotid Pulse & Radial Pulse (Do that to maybe get an idea of shock).
  12. Transport priority considerations.

  13. Vitals, BP, P, Resp, skin
  14. SAMPLE (Sign / Symptoms, Allergies, Medicine, Past Pert. Info, Last Intake, Event)

    Secondary Assess.:
  15. Palpate and Inspect the head for DCAP-BTLS +
  16. Palpate and Inspect the Neck for DCAP-BTLS, Trachea placement, Vertebrae... uh.. side stepping?
  17. Palpate and Inspect the Chest for DCAP-BTLS +
  18. Palpate and inspect the Abdomen / Pelvis for DCAP BTLS, (Is distention part of DCAP?), Groin.
  19. Palpate and Inspect Lower extremities for DCAP-BTLS +
  20. Palpate and Inspect Upper extremities for DCAP-BTLS +
  21. Palpate and inspect Posterior and buttox for DCAP-BTLS +

  22. Start back at Primary and re-asses if the patient needs anything new, replaced or adjusted.



    Scene Size Up:
  23. BSI / Scene Safety
  24. MoI / NoI
  25. Number of PT
  26. Call for ALS / Transport
  27. C-Spine consideration.

    Primary Assess.:
  28. Gen. Impression
  29. Level of Consciousness
  30. Chief Complaint
  31. Airway, Check for obstructions, fluids and objects, consider OPA / NPA
  32. Breathing, check for breathing, consider BVM, Oxygen.
  33. Circulation, Look for obvious bleeding, check Carotid Pulse & Radial Pulse (Do that to maybe get an idea of shock).
  34. Transport priority considerations.

    Secondary Assess.:
  35. ... lost here, this is the S in SAMPLE right? OPQRSTI
  36. This should be the rest of SAMPLE, Allergy, Medicine, Past Pert. Info, Last Intake, Event.
  37. Uhm... is this where you check Cardiovascular, Nurological, Integumentary, Reporductive, Pulmanary, Musculoskeletal, GI/GU... and 1 more I dont know
  38. Dont know the rest of secondary :/

  39. Vitals, BP, P, Resp. Skin.



    Sorry I wrote it all out, but I have till Wednesday and writing it out with out looking at it kinda helps me remember it plus it allows people to help correct anything I got wrong (Correct to NREMT skill sheets as thats what were being tested on) and so yea...

    Secondary Medical is really tough because we have literally had 1 hands on lab day... which consisted of standing over a dummy for 30 minutes just saying what we were suppose to do for Trauma... My class is not really big on meeting out side of class hours either so I am kinda boned on that as our class started Jan. 14 and the "Tutor" class we payed for does not even start until the 6th. My instructor is great but the class is kinda... not as willing to meet up outside of class :/ if I pass this skills test and vitals test I am going to try and just get ride alongs like 3 times a week to help see it in action.

    But ya, thanks for reading this jumble if you did and thanks for taking the time to help out.

    EDIT: To the question about instructors, one of my instructors wrote the EMT Crash Course book that we use in class
u/andrewcooke · 3 pointsr/MTB

please find out how to treat severe bleeding without using a tourniquet - they're a last resort.

when i started worrying about first aid i found this awesome book. honestly, it's amazing. it explains what to do in very clear terms, using simple, basic principles (so you don't have to remember particular solutions for each problem). and it does so in an honest way (tells you when you're pretty much fucked) that's even amusing at times.

i'd really recommend reading that book.

ps one of the things it says is that commerical "medical kits" are not that great - better to make your own with a few basics (and it describes what you need for various levels of activity).

u/qweltor · 2 pointsr/CCW

> but all of these novels are 10+ years old

Books (especially the dead-tree variety) become outdated rapidly. I recommend reading a book to understand the legal principles, then reading the state statute directly.

I recommend reading either (or both actually), Massad Ayoob's Deadly Force book, or Andrew Branca's Law of Self Defense book. The Branca book includes a index/table of each state's self-defense laws. Branca also sells state supplements of most states with a more detailed analysis of state-specific laws.. The Kindle version of each both book is also available <$11.


The state write-ups at www.HandgunLaw.us summarize and directly link to relevant statutes. If you enjoy the work at HandgunLaw.us, hit the Donate link at the website; u/Gary_Slider will appreciate the help with server fees.

u/tehstreek · 3 pointsr/Survival

Looks like you've got a good set up.

A few suggestions:
-At least one quick clot bandage (you never know when someone might get stabbed or shot. Unless you're doing the stabbing and shooting...)

-Hatchets are awesome, but it's a bitch to have to use only that to cut up wood all the time. A small loper/folding saw is a lot quicker and a takes a lot less energy to use (especially after hiking all day). Those little 'emergency' wire saws break pretty quickly and are best left as a last resort.

-http://www.amazon.com/Wilderness-Travel-Medicine-Eric-Weiss/dp/1594856583/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1370008971&sr=1-1&keywords=wilderness+and+travel+medicine Awesome little pocket sized first aid book, if you aren't super familiar with forest-first aid (and even if you are).

-A map (not sure how familiar you guys are with where you are going, so this may or may not be relevant).

Good luck, and don't die :)

u/GreenStrong · 2 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

In cave shelters in the desert, archaeologists find and study human turds that are thousands of years old. In a normal backyard, it depends on your definition of "fully decomposed, and to some extent on what you ate, but it will start to feed plants in a month or two, and it will be hard to find any trace of it after three or four months.

The reason we don't shit all over the place is that human poop can carry human germs, those can last quite a while in the environment, if you just drop dookie onto the ground. But, there are ways to handle small volumes of waste without any risk of contaminating water supplies, and even low tech ways to recycle it into fertilizer for food production. How to Shit in the Woods is essential reading for responsible camping. The Humanure Handbook is a free e-book for anyone who wants to earn a black belt in composting and fully recycle their food. The research behind that book is all done by reputable organizations like the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, it is safe to fertilize food with fully composted human manure, but it requires diligent preparation, and a full year of aging the compost. Basically, a compost heap is a place with lots of different bacteria, and things like worms that eat bacteria, eventually, the pathogens get eaten, and the poop is as safe as any other soil. It isn't really something we want to encourage our neighbors to do though, it is easy to do it wrong and give somebody worms, or E. coli or something.

u/daveinacave · 1 pointr/EmergencyManagement

A great book on situational awareness called Left of Bang

Good book on Mitigation, coming from a community-centric perspective. A little unconventional but I think brilliant. Same goes for The Long Emergency by a guy named James Kunstler. He's got a great blog too- talks about Peak Oil a lot.

As far as training goes, you should be looking into FEMA online courses, especially the Professional Development Series (PDS)- which is all online.

u/psimagus · 1 pointr/collapse

Iceland's got good medical care - we'll use it if we have to for as long as it's available (much as I despise technology, I'll leverage any advantage I can from it in the short term - I'm not a dogmatic primitivist.) After that, well, I've got a working knowledge of natural medicines and my copy of The Survival Medicine Handbook - great book - covers everything up to, and including amputation (though I hope it never comes to that! :0 )

u/AZTRP · 1 pointr/marriedredpill

Ah, I gotcha. I was thinking of it more in terms of measuring whether someone in general is enervating or energizing. I suppose you could tally state changes over time to find a generalization of a persons affect.

You're right though, this is highly qualitative, relative, and subjective. If a girl's favorite rock star is standing on the stage four feet away from her, playing her favorite song, there'd be little you could do to energize her in your favor...in that moment.

If you're a fan of reading/sizing up people check out these easily read books:

  • What Every BODY is Saying The author Joe Navarro has a ton of other books on the subject.
  • You Can Read Anyone Lieberman also has more books on the subject
  • Left of Bang (my current favorite) Highlights on Clusters of Information (think IOI's but in Clusters) and how many are a definite positive.

u/Flatline2962 · 1 pointr/camping

I'm a guy so my advice only goes so far. I'll point to other women however.https://hikinglady.com/hiking/how-ladies-go-to-the-bathroom-when-hiking/


Skurka brought in a couple ladies to give a very blunt discussion of female bathroom and hygine. Worth reading (anything Skurka posts is worth at least considering, he's a world class backpacker)https://andrewskurka.com/2013/female-hygiene-guide-tips/


This one is a little loosey goosey on the "leave no trace" aspects of hygeine but it has some good ideashttps://www.theadventurejunkies.com/female-hygiene-guide-for-hiking-and-camping/


I have this book "How to Shit in the Woods" and it's both funny and illuminating and has specifics for women.



I saw this book referenced several times so I'll list it here.



Good luck and have fun. Yosemite is *gorgeous* and the late thaw this year means water and green later into the summer than normal.

u/CT96B · 1 pointr/VAGuns

I paid for his course back when I first got my CCW. Excellent material. Excellent hands-on/live-fire. I highly recommend his training.

It was very heavy on the when and the why of using.

Combined with Andrew Branca's excellent Law of Self Defense (unrelated to fpftraining) and you should have a very solid foundation of the mechanics, the morals, the situational awareness, and the laws of concealed carry and self defense.

u/Comrade_Commodore · 6 pointsr/emsacademy

Here's a few more links to things I also found on Amazon

u/reddit_user_654321 · 3 pointsr/Fishing

A smart man once said "the unexamined life is not worth living". Meditating and waxing philisophic on the reasons for the way you act is a noble way to go about life.

My only word of caution is that you should try hard not take a morally superior stance to people who have a different opinion than yours. I'm not suggesting you did that in this thread but I find myself struggling with realizing that everyone is going to be a little different and my moral compass is going to be slightly off course when compared to someone else. Maintaining an open mind, as you are trying to do, is key to understanding people's differences and coming to terms with your own reality.

If you want to get some differing opinions to expand your thought excercises, here are a few from my library:

Some we love, some we hate and some we eat by Hal Herzog.


A quiet place of violence by Allen Morris Jones was a good read for me, too, and helped me reaffirm some of my beliefs in the ethics of taking from nature to suit my own needs.


I just started Call of the Mild by Lily Raff McCaulou and it's entertaining so far but I haven't gotten very far in it yet.


oh, and for the survival training piece of the pie I'm sure I don't have to tell you that Les Stroud has a book and you should probably buy two copies since you'll end up using one of them for tinder.


u/smell_B_J_not_LBJ · 3 pointsr/EDC

It is pretty jargony and mostly useful in a resource-rich first-world hospital. There are some excellent texts on wilderness medicine, however.

This is one such text that is pretty affordable: http://www.amazon.com/Wilderness-Medicine-Beyond-First-Aid/dp/0762780703/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413287643&sr=8-1&keywords=wilderness+medicine

u/O_Discordia · 2 pointsr/CCW

Fantastic recommendations here. I can't add much (just a couple), but I'll also summarize the "top picks" in my opinion with links:

u/BarronMind · 12 pointsr/preppers

"Where There Is No Doctor" has some useful information in it, but keep in mind that it was written to introduce very basic information about health and hygiene to people who were clueless about the subjects. For this reason do not buy this book and call it a day for your medical library. Also add a much more thorough book like Medicine For The Outdoors by Paul S. Aurbach M.D., Wilderness Medicine by Wm. Forgey, M.D., or Wilderness & Travel Medicine: A Comprehensive Guide by Eric A. Weiss, M.D.

Whereas most medical and first aid books for laypersons are written with a "do your best to stabilize and then get the patient to a real doctor" perspective, these books are intended for people isolated in the wilderness, and therefore the instructions are much more likely to be of service in a true survival situation.

u/sn44 · 1 pointr/overlanding

Sounds like a good plan. In the meantime, pick up a copy of the Outward Bound WFA Handbook. It's a great resource. Sadly I lent my copy to someone years ago and never got it back. Also, as cheesy as it sounds, pick up a copy of the Boy Scout First Aid Merit Badge Book. I usually keep a copy inside my first-aid kits since it's a small, lightweight, easy to read book. Although the last thing you want is someone treating you looking up "how to bandage a wound" while you're sitting there unable to help yourself... but it's better than nothing.

u/IcecreamLakestream · 1 pointr/Advice

I would invest in an intense martial art program. Tell the teachers what is going on they will help you.

if you can't afford it, invest in this https://www.amazon.com/100-Deadly-Skills-Operatives-Surviving/dp/147679605X

if you want any extra help, feel free to DM me I might be able to help you look for a high quality martial art school in your area

u/sticky-bit · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

start watching around [1:38] in or so.

This looks like the same kind of thing that Otzi used to carry coals. His was a live coal buried in ash, wrapped with green leaves, and carried in a birch bark container.

I saw another kind in Larry Dean Olson's book

A coal extender like king alfred's cake is good fuel too.

I've never seen bamboo used to carry a coal, but it sounds like a good option, if you happen to have that resource available.


Second video http://youtu.be/-6Mj0RxVxs4 and again the fire carry bamboo thing is put into use around [1:50] however watch the whole thing from the beginning to see him put a bamboo rice/food cooker into use. He doesn't make it in this video, but it's simple enough to do with a pocket saw and a kinfe.

u/GreatLakesPrepping · 1 pointr/preppers

The Bible (or other religious book of your choosing). Because praying is pretty much all you're able to do.

But this might be more what you're looking for. There are a variety of "tons of knowledge about all sorts of different survival scenarios jammed into one book" books. This one is pretty nifty, though it's very little (like, the size of a coaster you'd place under a coffee cup). Anyhow, if you haven't prepped anything (knowledge or supplies), then you're not going to be in "live off of my preparedness" mode. You're going to be in "survival" mode. So a survival book is probably more fitting.

u/Connor_Smith14 · 3 pointsr/chernobyl

I recommend “Chernobyl 01:23:40” by Andrew Leatherbarrow.
Really good read, it takes into consideration that not everyone is a Nuclear Physicist and puts a lot of it into layman’s terms.

EDIT: Pretty sure the author sometimes hangs around this subreddit.

u/apestilence1 · 2 pointsr/preppers

From a student, spend some time at the library. Some skills you will learn once and then never need to re-learn. Getting a fire started is pretty straightforward and is more something you do rather than learn. Same thing with shelter building, get out and practice it. Unfortunately there is no "one book that contains all the knowledge accumulated over the first several thousand years of human existence" if there was, that would be amazing, unfortunately you could fill several libraries on the theory of such an almanac alone.
One of the more popular books for general survivalism is the SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0062378074
below i'll list a few more books you might find useful.
The Backyard Homestead - Carleen Madigan
Back to Basics: A Complete Guide to Traditional Skills - Abigail R. Gehring
Map Reading and Land Navigation: FM 3-25.26 - Department of the Army
The ARRL Ham Radio License manual (careful with this, they update the question pool every four years for the technician class so make sure to get a current edition)
Living Ready Pocket Manual First Aid Fundamentals For Survival - James Hubbard M.D.
Prepper's Guide To Knots - Scott Finazzo
Bushcraft 101: A field guide to the art of wilderness survival - Dave Canterbury
Alternatively, you might want to check out survivorlibrary, or the preparedness Encyclopedia: https://www.reddit.com/r/preppers/comments/c7cvdm/the_preparedness_encyclopedia_tpe_v5/
you'll learn you don't need to buy books to learn new skills and pick up essential information. Some books you'll want to keep handy though, grab yourself some medical and anatomy textbooks, set aside $20 a week for a new book, pretty soon you'll start to notice your shelves filling up.

u/docb30tn · 1 pointr/preppers

BoB are supposed to be checked and inventoried every so often. If weather changes, then spare clothing and items will reflect it. BoB should have long-lasting food items. The loadout may change as needs change.
Water is most important. However, carrying it takes up space and weighs more. Having various ways to purify water is better; along with carrying it. Camelbaks are awesome!! I carried one during two deployments. One at least 3L would hold a good amount of water and can be refilled using the Sawyer Mini Filtration system (it's small).
Fire: waterproof matches, firesteel, and steel wool. Having various ways to start a fire is good. There's no guarantee that a person may have a safe place in a building. Fire provides heat and warmth as well as a way to cook/heat food.
Jacket: waterproof/resistant for rainy weather. Small and light, most can be folded or rolled to take up less space.
Compass and laminated foldable map.
Shaded safety sunglasses.
Small personal hygiene kit. Toilet paper. Small shovel for buring food and waste.
2 pairs of spare socks and underwear which he can put in himself.
Camping cook kit. Beef Jerkey and a hard tack type of bread.
Small mirror about 4".
Solar charger with crank cababilty and/or spare phone charger. Put these in good sturdy ziploc bags.
Duct tape. So many uses it's not funny. Can patch holes in clothing and shoes.
Small first aid kit with pain meds, antibiotic ointment, guaze pads, skin tape, anti-itch cream, etc. It doesn't need to be large.
Work gloves like the cheap ones at Wal-Mart made out of cow hide.
I web belt (google it). Made of the same material that's used in ratchet straps. Very strong. Can be used as a makeshift tourniquet and has lots of other uses.
Stash of cash; which should be hidden in a waterproof or ziploc bag. Women can stash then in their bra or the guy in his underwear. People can get robbed and this way he/she at least has cash on hand.
Protection: a full tang knife. Folded ones have weak points where the blade swivels out from the handle. The blade should be at least 4" but states have laws on knives and carrying them in public.
Last, the Bible of any prepper/disaster/survival sutuation: the SAS Survival Handbook. http://www.amazon.com/SAS-Survival-Handbook-Third-Surviving/dp/0062378074/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1458754225&sr=8-1&keywords=SAS

u/pewpewlefty · 17 pointsr/CCW

You’re doing the right thing by asking this question first.

First, read up on self defense law as much as you can. Read The Law of Self Defense. Read it again.

There are a lot of details during a home defense situation that could lead you to be prosecuted, and those reasons vary by state. If you decide to arm yourself, you’re on the hook to know and understand the complex landscape of self defense law. Learn as much as you can and then learn some more.

Most importantly, never trust that if a specific case went right for someone, the exact same case would have the same outcome for you. The law, justice, and the way it is served is inconsistent at best. You have to prepare for the aftermath as much as the act itself.

u/Gr1ml0ck · 7 pointsr/Survival

SAS Survival Handbook is a great start. So much great knowledge in one book.


u/IMonCRACK · 4 pointsr/Survival

This is a pretty good one for edible wild plants in North America. This is a good one for general survival that includes trapping and fishing, and this is also a good one for general survival, but knowing Dave, I'm sure there's very detailed instructions for traps. If you want some video of traps and trap making, or just general survival, go to his youtube page. The Ray Mears book has instructions for processing animals, and I'm sure Daves book will too.

u/splatterhead · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival by Mors Kochanski

SAS Survival Handbook by John 'Lofty' Wiseman

Bushcraft is not about what you can buy, it's about what you can KNOW.

Some will say all you need is a good knife. Some will load up a 45lb pack. Some will go out in shorts and a t-shirt and start knapping flint.

Check out a LOT of videos. I like NativeSurvival quite a bit. Youtube has some amazing bushcraft people.

u/mistermacheath · 3 pointsr/EDC

Quick shoutout for the source - 100 Deadly Skills by Clint Emerson.

It's a great read. Top fun, and moooooost of them don't involve ramming stuff up your arse.

u/hypothermic2 · 54 pointsr/WildernessBackpacking

I work as an EMT and in SAR. I have a background in ski patrol and a lot of time outside so I'll chime in.

It depends to where, what, and when you're going to me. Depending on those I will build my first aid kit on injury patterns of what to expect. The first aid kit I carry for a day hike in the summer is different than the one I'll carry on a day of ice climbing in the winter. The best thing about wilderness medicine is the improvisation of gear and skills. There is a lot of medical gear that is completely useless in the back country and a lot of wasted weight. I'll list the basics I build my kit off of and talk about some of bulky gear that could be left at home. Again this list will depend on the day.

Always have-
Bandaids, steri strips, alcohol swabs, gloves, gorilla tap, high quality medical tape, cling (a roll of gauze), triangle bandage, medium sized tensor bandage, tweezers, space blanket, soap, clean ziplock bag, empty irrigation 10ml syringe, water purification tablets, Ibuprofen (advil), acetaminophen (tylenol), Epinephrine, Diphenhydramine (benadryl), Dimenhydrinate (gravol), potassium, and unpasteurized honey (in my cooking kit, for tea and low blood sugar). I also always have my Spot Beacon if I need help.

Sometimes have -
Tourniquet/compression bandage (for shooting/hunting), extra tensor bandages/triangles (biking), or stronger pain control (long backpacking trips).

Not to be rude to the other commenters- but I think SAM splits, trauma shears, excessive bleeding control, and CPR masks are a waste of space. Splits can be improved with branches, bags, and clothing. Shears are replaced by knives, clothing can be used for bleeding control, and CPR in the back country unfortunately doesn't have a great outcome. EDIT - CPR should still be attempted in the backcountry. If you don't have a mask or barrier device, then compression only CPR is still effective. CPR doesn't save lives, defibrillators do. 2nd EDIT - CPR may save you, your partner, or a strangers life. If you need to give CPR chances are that its a member in your party and mouth to mouth is a viable option; if not than you can use a glove with a hole as a basic barrier device.

The biggest thing is that you research and take a course on some sort of first aid. For books I highly recommend these two-



There's a lot you should know while out there. But the big things I would recommend that you know are know to assess someone, treat basic wounds, split, head injury recognition, what the drugs you are carrying do, and when you know you need help.

u/JW2651 · 9 pointsr/halifax

I highly recommend the "SAS Survival Guide" pretty comprehensive. And for what food sources it doesn't have listed it outlines a testing method so you don't poison yourself. Also covers camp craft (shelters, ways to get / purify water etc etc) And it's all in a handy survival pack sized book.

u/pdb1975 · 1 pointr/guns

Depending on what state you're in, a CCW class is a good idea for a first class, not because of basic skill development, but in my class at least, it was an excellent introduction to the law of self defense and use of force.

But get this book either way: https://www.amazon.com/Law-Self-Defense-Indispensable-Citizen/dp/1943809143/

u/TheShadow325 · 11 pointsr/Survival

Better stock up on band-aids for your knuckles! ;)
In all seriousness, this is an amazing survival book

u/Shelkin · 1 pointr/camping

Pretty much; just never drink from streams unless you absolutely have to. Sounds like you may be new to the outdoors, checking out some of the information Les Stroud has published may be useful for you.



u/killaho69 · 1 pointr/ems

Nice. I see stuff like this : http://www.amazon.com/Emergency-Medical-Technician-Course-Preparation/dp/0738610062 and it's cheap.

For the actual text book, they seem to be very expensive so I'd rather not order one before I start. I'll see if my friend still has his

u/thatsjet · 1 pointr/preppers

Any thoughts on this one? It's what I have in my kit and I find the intro to be very helpful as well. Just the mindset of prepping and why knowing a little of everything is necessary. Would value your opinion as a medical prof.


u/cardboard-kansio · 3 pointsr/Bushcraft

Thanks for the tip! It looks like an interesting read. I'll try and find a copy.

u/9s8UTkpPPxNZq1cr · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

I endorse the SAS Survival Handbook by John "Lofty" Wiseman. It's very enlightening about the challenges faced when in a survival situation (which is different from a deliberate "wilderness living" adventure), and goes into detail about how to address those challenges.

It also includes instructions on how to make 2 different survival kits: one the size of an Altoids box, the other a bit smaller than a football (US or international). The smaller kit contains the most essential items, and is complemented by the larger kit, which contains different, less essential but still very useful things.

However, as Mr. Lofty says many times throughout his book, knowledge and practice are more important than any kit. Now, you could be cynical and say "well that's because he's selling a book", but it makes sense regardless.

Also, a shout-out to /r/preppers. There are some gun nuts there, but the vast majority of posts and comments are address actual survival situations (namely natural disasters), for which a gun is minimally useful.

u/123farmer · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

The book How to Shit in the Woods - a funny read, and a good intro to bushcraft, dealing with a subject that everyone needs but nobody talks about. I had a university class years ago where this was a required reading textbook. Awesome.

u/LegendaryFlyingBeer · 4 pointsr/australia

You most definitely can. Ants are great, grind them up and add them to any soup to thicken it up.

Book URL

u/lomlslomls · 3 pointsr/preppers

This. You might purchase a decent off-the-shelf kit and then augment it with more/better items such as pain relievers, anti diarrheal, benadryl or similar. Pads and rolled gauze (these things are VERY useful in a kit).

You might consider a good first aid book and even things like scalpels, hemostats and sutures. Quick Clot and even a tourniquet to stop blood loss.

I keep a bottle of water in my kits as well, you will likely need some water to clean wounds, etc.

Of all the things in my kit I tend to use band aids, ACE bandages, cold compresses and meds the most.

u/pdoubletter · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

Those look like nice books. I got the Bushcraft book by Kochanski but the others I haven't seen. Thanks.

Here are some from my shelf, mostly geared towards Europe and the UK:

u/Fredex8 · 9 pointsr/preppers

The (SAS Survival Guide)[https://www.amazon.co.uk/SAS-Survival-Guide-Survive-Collins/dp/0008133786/] has some good survival information whilst not taking up much room in a bag. I also have this one for foraging and this for identifying mushrooms. In an emergency situation I'd say knowing what is and isn't edible around you is important. When I'm out I often use my phone to identify anything I am not familiar with and have a reasonable knowledge now but having the books to be sure seems sensible.

I have an air rifle which will take birds and rabbits if it comes to it too and whilst they have made it harder to get one these days (you have to order it to a licensed shop to pick it up and can't just order it to your address any more... and these stores are often few and far between) it does seem like a sensible thing to have. Not for self defence but for having access to a food source that most people would not have.

Besides that I don't think the information varies too much from what you find on US sites. Though the prices often do so you have to economise more than they would... likewise of course with the size of houses here compared to there. I don't have the same kind of space for stockpiling food and water as I would in the US.

u/adhdamie · 1 pointr/Gifts

-A nice Leatherman (you can even engrave it)

-A Nice Toolbelt

-Survival Gear Kit

-Survival Handbook

-One Year Subscription to Survival Magazine

u/Jarlan23 · 3 pointsr/Survival

Start by reading the SAS Survival Handbook or Bushcraft 101 by Dave Canterbury. They talk about useful techniques and the gear you should have.

Take either one out into the backyard or whatever and practice. Once you become more comfortable in self reliance take a weekend out in the bush and practice some more.

There's also a lot of educational youtube videos out there. wildernessoutfitters has a lot of content if video is more your thing.

u/FlPig · 1 pointr/ProtectAndServe

Spy The Lie

The Art of Profiling

What Every Body Is Saying

and, Criminal Profiling: An Introductory Guide

I read those when I began my journey down the CID rabbit hole. I also read 100 Deadly Skills, which was not directly related, but fun to keep in the back of the head.

u/EricPeluche · 16 pointsr/preppers

Personally "SAS Survival hand book" by John Wiseman. It's not a prepper book in the sense your looking for, but it is important in that it teaches mental preparedness.

SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062378074/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_HzorDbTMVBCZP

u/jeffbell · 4 pointsr/bicycletouring

I have a copy of the book on this HTSITW

Dig a hole, but not super deep. Step out of the shorts with at least one leg. Take your time. Hold on to a tree if that helps.

Rain soaked oak leaves turned out to be better than paper.

u/TheStarrySkye · 2 pointsr/SurveillanceSolutions

I like this theory! I always got the vibe of early 2000s live action shows from the footage myself, especially with the fashion, but that might just be me.

There have been a few other threads I think could be linked to yours having to do with diseases and the anti-vaccination movement, but I'll have to dig them up after work. For now I'll add this: the anti-vacc book A Shot in the Dark was published in 1991 and the cover is... pink. This could be a coincidence, but I remember another poster talking about an anti-vacc book that was pink as well, and pink is an important color to the series.

u/butterchickenz · 3 pointsr/islam

Since getting a gun isn't feasible for most people, I suggest the following (especially the sisters)

  1. Try and travel publicly in groups, especially at night. If you are in college, try and set up a buddy system.

  2. Don't walk around with your headphones in, oblivious of what is going on around you. Be aware of your surroundings.

  3. Carry pepper spray and don't be afraid to use it if you feel threatened. Certain types of knives are legal to carry, but that varies by state so check into that depending on where you live.

  4. Ladies - read the book The Gift of Fear - excellent book that talks about how to spot even subtle signs of danger before it's too late. Constantly recommended on r/TwoXChromosomes/

  5. Guys - similar to 4, read the book Left of Bang - its basically the same as Gift of Fear but more geared towards men.

u/anoiing · 3 pointsr/CCW

if you haven't read Branca's Book, you need too! It is the best book out there covering this stuff.

u/SolusOpes · 23 pointsr/preppers

Prepping for less crazy folk. Great read and well written. I think it was written by a member of /r/preppers? I forget, I think that's true though. Unless it's not.

FM 21-76 US ARMY SURVIVAL MANUAL - This was written to take everything into account. Including the psychology of dealing with a disaster. And it wasn't written for the super soldier. It was written for the every day army person who is away from his team and needs to survive.

And if course one of the gold standards is the SAS Manual. It has high reviews for a reason.

u/doublendoublem · 5 pointsr/preppers

Watch Les Stroud. Take notes.

Buy survival manuals, like the SAS Handbook:



Practice. Buy good gear. Practice more.

u/spiraldancing · 1 pointr/hungarian

I've got it, it's dense but good ... but it's a whole book. I want a quick-study guide, like this.

u/mcbaaain · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Correlation is not causation. Illnesses of ALL types have reduced fatality due to better treatment, NOT vaccination. It's like how war fatalities have declined because of better trauma units -- formerly fatal injuries are now survivable.

Let's take Pertussis. In the 1920s and 30s, whooping cough was so common that 73% of all children had a history of the disease by age 10. Better sanitation nutrition, housing, and health care resulted in better health in general for the infant population. During WWII, antibiotics were introduced, reducing fatalities from secondary infections. A.H. Griffith, of Wellcome Research Laboratories in England, commented, "The mortality from whooping cough dropped ten years earlier [before the vaccination program] with the advent of antibiotics for treatments of complications and new treatments for maintaining fluid balance in the very young, which constitute the main majority of fatal cases of whooping cough."

Reference, p.6

> Talk to your grandparents about polio.

Funny you should mention that, because polio INCREASED after vaccination drives, and in most places, the only way to GET IT is from the recently-vaccinated. E.g.:

Outbreaks of VAPP (vaccine-induced polio) occurred independently in Belarus (1965–66), Canada (1966–68), Egypt (1983–1993), Hispaniola (2000–2001), Philippines (2001), Madagascar (2001–2002),[41] and in Haiti (2002), where political strife and poverty have interfered with vaccination efforts.[42] In 2006 an outbreak of vaccine-derived poliovirus occurred in China.[43] Cases have been reported from Cambodia (2005–2006), Myanmar (2006–2007), Iran (1995, 2005–2007), Syria, Kuwait and Egypt.[44] Since 2005, The World Health Organization has been tracking vaccine-caused polio in northern Nigeria caused by a mutation in live oral polio vaccines.[45]

> Every vaccine on the standard schedule has been shown to be statistically safe and effective.

Incorrect. Many of them are not effective.

> If you had a brain you could read the journal articles detailing the studies.

Yes, please point to the studies. Note that you won't find any clinical studies, only epidemiological data.

Remember correlation is not causation. Did you know a lack of pirates is what's causing global warming? Or vice-versa, I forget which:


> qualified to reverse hundreds of years of scientific finding.

You're confusing vaccination with inoculation, and inoculation actually served to spread diseases like smallpox very effectively. Give a weakened strain to a healthy person when he's ready and he gets a mild case, but is capable of spreading full-blown cases to others in his vicinity, especially those NOT in such great health.

Here are a bunch of graphs showing trends in diseases versus vaccinations

You'll note some interesting things, such as diseases declining WELL BEFORE vaccinations, infant mortality from ALL causes declining such that you can't pinpoint a specific cause, diseases declining simultaneously in countries where vaccines WEREN'T introduced as well as where they WERE introduced; and vaccines CAUSING disease:

"In the graphs notice the large numbers of deaths caused by the smallpox vaccine itself. By 1901 in the UK, more people died from the smallpox vaccination than from smallpox itself."

> If you had a brain you could understand the statistics that go into those studies.

I challenge you to find the raw data. All we get from official sources is soundbites or correlations; where's the data they used to come up with it?

u/MindOfGregJennings · 9 pointsr/todayilearned

I read that post for the first time last week - it was the best thing I've found on reddit since the Jar Jar Binks theory. I also ordered the book on Chernobyl that the author of that imgur post wrote:


u/PorkyPickle · 1 pointr/gifs

>I always wondered how survivor man does it during his trips; he's either in my same holding boat, or he has turd trails scattered like bread crumbs all over the world where he's traveled.

Everything you need to know.

u/Al_Touchdown_Bundy · 8 pointsr/army

You're going to get a lot of fake replies but this is legit apropro OP. It was endorsed by u/not_a_taliban who is an american special force.

u/exfalsoquodlibet · 1 pointr/Survival

Sodium hypochlorite...?

"Sodium Hypochlorite (eg. Dakin's Solution) - is cytotoxic to healthy tissue and "should never be used in a clean wound". It is only of use as a chemical debriding agent and should be stopped as soon as the necrotic tissue is removed."


Weiss still advises 10ml of 10% iodine to 500ml of water for purifying water for irrigation (https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1594856583/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb).

Is there a definitive study on this question?

u/megatron37 · 2 pointsr/kravmaga

Good post. I very highly recommend "The Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca. It is written from a gun owners perspective but it applies to us, too.

He says to consider you're going to be judged by people who 1) weren't there and 2) have never been in a fight themselves. The book explains duty to retreat, 'stand your ground', and a lot of legal concepts the media has never gotten right.


PS: if you're in a self-defense situation, I would never hit anyone that is already incapacitated on the ground. No jury would look kindly on that.

u/mountain-mayhem · 1 pointr/NewToEMS

2 books I used for the nremt was a crash course book and a flash card book. The crash course book is really useful in pulling out everything from a emt textbook focusing solely on critical information. Really helps to narrow down important information. The book contains everything in a emt course and puts it in a outline format which was useful to me.

I attached both the old and new version of the crash course book. I used the old book which was super useful when I tested 3 years ago. Not sure if there is a updated version for the flash card book but I attached the version I used.

From my experience the two books really helped me study and prepare for the test. Worth the money. I still use the crash course book today when I want to refresh quickly on important information.



EMT Flashcard Book (EMT Test Preparation) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0738611301/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_kwkaCbR2AXVNR

u/Cyc68 · 21 pointsr/PostCollapse

How to Shit in the Woods, an excellent book on the subject. Mike Clelland's Toilet Paper Free Expeditions and Backcountry Poo Poo Clinic are good online resources.

Must know tip for toilet paper: Remove the cardboard core and pull from the centre. It stops the tp flying in the wind or unravelling if you drop it and it rolls down hill. Also packs a little smaller.

u/RustyN0gget · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

2 things:
-public toilets are gross anyway (shitting in the woods can be an incredible freeing experience, try reading: how to shit in the woods
-and staying smelly is the fun part of being a woods gypsy! hahaha

u/fullofhuman · 1 pointr/Bushcraft

Not necessarily a dedicated resource for trapping but a useful resource all the way around: Outdoor Survival Skills https://www.amazon.com/dp/1556523238/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_CGhYzbFCJBZ7W

u/pto892 · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

You'll probably want a bear canister then, in which case you'll just leave it laying on the ground. The bear will knock the canister around for a while, get bored, and leave. Burying your food won't do anything to protect it, bears have an amazing sense of smell and will thank you for the free food.

Pee on rocks if above treeline, and you might want to pack your poo out in a thundertube. This depends upon the area, because disturbing a high altitude environment may not be OK. Whatever you do, don't just crap on the ground but bury it in a cathole. There's a book on just this topic.

u/rishi851 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Hey dude thanks a ton on that Ingmur spread. Tell me are all those pictures in that book from the author? This one:


u/KevtheKnife · 2 pointsr/Survival

Try these to start:
SAS Survival Handbook, Third Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere https://www.amazon.com/dp/0062378074/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_lVYxDbJKCTABD

The Bushcraft Boxed Set: Bushcraft 101; Advanced Bushcraft; The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering, & Cooking in the Wild; Bushcraft First Aid https://www.amazon.com/dp/1507206690/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_taa_OWYxDbAH7R41H

u/iconotastic · 2 pointsr/progun

Check out your state laws. In my state deadly force can be used to defend others from the same kind of threats that justify using deadly force for self defense.

This is a good spot to pitch Andrew Branca’s excellent Law Of Self-Defense

u/R_Spc · 2 pointsr/ukraine

Don't know if I'd be able to help, but I released a book about the accident a few months ago. I'd be happy to assist you if I can.

u/Kimsey099 · 1 pointr/ProtectAndServe

Get the book “ Left of Bang” it will teach you just about all you need to know. If you follow its ideology it will help tremendously.

The rest you basically need to learn on the job.

Just keep your head on a swivel. Don’t have your head buried in your phone all the time and such.


u/Toxic_Axon · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Learn some survival skills now.

The SAS survival guide by John Wiseman is fantastic. It taught me A LOT. There's an urban survival guide by him as well but it's meh.

u/sismit · 6 pointsr/interestingasfuck

It really is well-done. The author wrote a book as well and I'm sorely tempted to buy it.

u/free_reddit · 7 pointsr/Survival

It was pointed out in the last thread that this is an actual book that's basically just been pirated. Here's the Amazon link in case someone wants to buy 3 million copies to help offset the money this author just lost.


u/Psyqlone · 8 pointsr/Survival

Is there a more recent edition of this book edited by Dr. James A. Wilkerson? ... wanted to confirm that this is the same book.

... Amazon link

u/Fawnet · 2 pointsr/SubredditDrama

Here, you need to read this book. It's worth it for the anecdote about pooping while rock climbing.

u/Moose_And_Squirrel · -5 pointsr/funny

Not in the desert. Turds are indistinguishable from rocks within 10 minutes. Add to that you just pick a spot that is away from any human intervention and you're good. Then you burn your TP and all is well with the world and there's no trace of your presence.

Edit: In response to the downvotes I've received, may I offer this very thorough reference that validates my methodology: How To Shit In The Woods

u/Akerfeldty · 2 pointsr/ems


This is the book I always recommend to people and one I've been using personally during my course. I use it alongside my course textbook for studying and have yet to get a score below 90 on my block exams. It's worth it

u/MGGMIA · 3 pointsr/CCW

The Laws of Self Defense by Andrew Branca
Start there and supplement with the state statutes found online.

u/Circle_in_a_Spiral · 3 pointsr/camping

You'll probably want to read this before you go.

u/2C7D6152 · 1 pointr/Survival

It should be noted that the third edition of the SAS Survival Handbook was just released and is here http://smile.amazon.com/SAS-Survival-Handbook-Third-Edition/dp/0062378074/ref=zg_bsnr_16472_1

u/0nionBooty · 1 pointr/ems

I got this book and it helped a lot
EMT Flashcard Book (EMT Test Preparation) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0738611301/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_8630Ab5N05AX5

u/wonkey_monkey · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

Look slightly further up and there are also citations to (ultimately) this book which seems a rather more reliable source.

u/FifaFrancesco · 2 pointsr/ChernobylTV

Direct link to the album: https://imgur.com/a/TwY6q

Also link to the book written by the person who made the imgur post (not u/RounderKatt): https://www.amazon.com/Chernobyl-01-Incredible-Nuclear-Disaster/dp/0993597505

u/yawningangel · 3 pointsr/history

A Redditor made this excellent post about Chernobyl.

Not long after he released this book

u/Containment_Failure · 2 pointsr/Surveying

I'd get traffic-flagger certified, and OSHA confined-space, if these things are applicable to your business. Possibly fall-arrest systems.

At a bare minimum, make the boss buy you this: http://www.amazon.com/How-Shit-Woods-Edition-Environmentally/dp/1580083633

u/johnabbe · 4 pointsr/oregon

Apparently portapotties are completely rented out, so here's a resource that might come in handy.

u/ShawnaNana · 1 pointr/WildernessBackpacking

This may be helpful. And when you're done, you can use the pages of the book as TP!

u/mnemosyne-0002 · 3 pointsr/KotakuInAction

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u/bowlofspider-webs · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

This is what I started out with in the army.

SAS survival handbook

It’s a great starter book that you can branch out from.

For cold weather always remember the basics of heat loss and retention. For example during the day layer up for that air pocket in between your clothing layers, and so you can shed layers of it heats up. At night remember that heat transfers through the materials. The ground is the worst heat sucker there is so always try to sleep elevated, oven if it’s only on a light layer of brush. Beyond that invest in a proper sleeping bag and bivy bag. Good sleeping bags have a temperature rating, the right one will keep you toasty. Bivy bags help to seal in the heat and keep the elements out.

u/charliefourindia · 2 pointsr/INTP

OK, risk manager pondering a degree in Finance, currently I'm reading Left of Bang by Patrick Van Horne, Jason A. Riley.

This is a brief cut and paste of what the book is basically about. Left of Bang will teach you how to read your environment and respond to it faster than those around you.

u/kbergstr · 14 pointsr/AskReddit

I bet you didn't know there is an entire, moderately popular book devoted to this subject.

How to Shit in the Woods: An Environmental Sound Approach to a Lost Art

u/vevvers · 1 pointr/ems

I read through these to freshen up the week before and passed the written.

EMTPrep on Youtube also has all of the NREMT Skills recorded so you can check them out before the psychomotor. However, and this may be a fluke. The coordinator I scheduled a psychomotor test with said that I have to be knowledgable of the NREMT skills as well as the Texas skills... I have no idea what that means but she did mention there will be 11 skills tested.

u/CR0SBO · 1 pointr/funny

I've carried his book in my bag[s] for years now. A great thing to kill a couple of minutes here or there flicking through, and you know it's my favourite book to travel with.

u/1BuN · 3 pointsr/humblebundles

Hopefully, How to Shit in the Woods will be revealed next week.


u/Elethor · 1 pointr/AskAnAmerican

I'd have to double check, but I think that they actually arrest you for a short time span. The book I think I read this from was The Law of Self Defense by Andrew Bracca, I need to buy it again because I loaned my copy out and I'm not gonna see it again.

EDIT: Correction on the author, it's Branca, not Bracca. Here's the book: https://www.amazon.com/Law-Self-Defense-Indispensable-Citizen/dp/1943809143/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=the+law+of+self+defense&qid=1563071783&s=gateway&sr=8-2

u/HerNameWasDude · 1 pointr/booksuggestions

First off, I'm not sure if this is the right subreddit you are looking for.
Secondly, the obvious answer, look into learning some form of martial arts or just a basic defense class. If you live in a big city (with a hospital that busy and violent, I'm assuming you do) it shouldn't be hard to find something affordable and worth your time and money.
100 Deadly Skills
Just incase you just want a book on how to defend yourself.

u/Rayad0 · 1 pointr/ems

This book works miracles. Enough said

EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) Crash Course Book + Online (EMT Test Preparation) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0738610062/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_umUJyb32YBX6C

u/darthjenni · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

The classic outdoor gag gift is How to Shit in the Woods

The only other thing I could think of is a kid's version of the equipment you use. This kids floaty life jacket as an example.

u/aareeyesee · 3 pointsr/CampingandHiking

Leave No Trace. LNT Also a good read for someone about to get into backcountry camping. How to Shit in the Woods

u/vwlsmssng · 1 pointr/AskUK

Get yourself a copy of How to shit in the woods now in its 3rd edition after 21 years. Also appropriately available in audio book form.

You will need a something like a Daren drum and paper kitchen towel. The kitchen towel is used a target and a catcher that can be picked up by the corners to transport your waste matter into the drum. Whoever uses it last gets to carry the drum until the next user adds to it and carries it.

This way you avoid polluting a popular and environmentally sensitive area by over fertilising the ground or distributing pathogens.

u/TastesLikeBees · 0 pointsr/news

It should be. That's only one of several considerations that should be made.

"How to Shit in the Woods" by Kathleen Mayer

u/allergictoapples · 4 pointsr/Wishlist
u/chubeccah · 1 pointr/ems

Yeah I've been reading this book and taking it's word as law. The tutor we hired for the NREMT suggested it so if she's wrong im screwed but I'm assuming she's not lol.


However, the book just says to clamp and cut the cord, but doesn't give specifics on how far from the baby that should be done. Probably a local protocol type thing.