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Practical Survival Tips–the Book

I haven’t read enough non-fic lately, but here’s one I really enjoyed:

Practical Survival Tips–down-to-earth tips on surviving in the wild

–Book received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review of my opinions

–I don’t review books on this blog that I rate lower than 4/5

by J.P. Logan

J.P. Logan has a lifetime of experience in survival, starting with his time in the Army and then extending throughout his life. He is a certified wilderness first-aid responder, and the founder of the Wilderness Survival Community Center where he teaches outdoor survival and leads seminars on utilizing the natural medicine provided by the planet. His Practical Survival Skills–Vol. I and II (2022) is an essential resource for taking care of yourself if stranded in the wild or when you simply choose to spend time there. Information is thorough and purposeful, easy to understand, and focuses on the most likely circumstances any of us would face in nature. Chapters include for example:

  • Foraging
  • Plant identification
  • Building a fire
  • Making Tools from Nature
  • Where to find water
  • Wild edibles index
  • First aid practices

I skimmed the content, but didn’t deeply read it as the information is most useful when it is critically needed. Some great tips included are:

  • Universal edibility test
  • Essentials for first aid
  • Natural remedies for bleeding
  • Honey
  • Natural remedies for allergic reactions
  • Pain relief
  • Purifying water

I’d highly recommend this two-volume series to those who spend a lot of time away from civilization or anywhere that requires they approach life-threatening situations with clear-eyed problem solving methods.

#jplogan #survivaltips

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Man vs. Nature saga, the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers, and the acclaimed Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Summer 2022


65 thoughts on “Practical Survival Tips–the Book

  1. Hi Jacqui – this looks like a really useful series. Now I feel I must know what the universal edibility test is. I think I would pick all the wrong plants and berries without a guide like this. Thanks for sharing your review!

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  2. Hi Jacqui – I’d hope my common sense, and early learning, would ‘kick in’ and I’d cope – but probably need a few others around to help with the heavy lifting! A book many should read – cheers Hilary

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  3. Interesting that you picked up a non-fiction book this month, Jacqui. I am currently reading two memoirs, a little detour from fiction. This book sounds like it could be most helpful! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I’ve been wanting to get a book like this for the zombie apocalypse, Jacqui, which sometimes seems right around the corner. But I’ve wanted one that was kind of “local” so that foraging options and plant-based medicinals would be more relevant. Maybe this series plus a book on local plants. Thanks for the recommendation and timely book review!

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  5. Sounds like a book I might want to read. When I was younger, teens through twenties, I read a lot about wilderness survival and even took classes in wilderness medical response, etc. And I have spent a lot of time, more than most people, in the wilderness. I’m sure things have changed some since the 70s.

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    • That’s interesting. I love the idea of surviving without any technology. I assume I’ll lose my compass and fire starter, so what to do then? I also like natural navigation which I bet you were pretty good at.


  6. Dear Jacqui,
    fortunately, we hardly ever come into a situation in which we need all this. Nevertheless, one usually can learn from such books quite a lot about nature.
    Thanks & cheers.
    Have a happy weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    • I agree with you. I hadn’t taken any form of survivalism seriously until the last year or so. Brown outs when we can’t get electricity (I have meds that require it). Sparse grocery shelves. Baby formula shortages. It all has me thinking about stuff I normally wouldn’t.

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