Free Homesteading and Survival Manuals

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Preppers are always looking to learn additional skills and methods for survival. In some cases knowledge comes from reading prepper blogs like the Prepper Journal. Other times, you can obtain training from reputable instructors in disciplines like self-defense, weapons training and first aid. Yet another source that many people use are books.

Books are a great prepper resource in my opinion that you shouldn’t neglect as part of your prepping efforts. They might not replace skills you can acquire by other means, but they are something that you may be able to fall back on as a source of information. I recommend keeping a wide range of books in your own prepping library to use in the case that the glorious internet isn’t available. With printed material, you can see obtain knowledge without Google.

While the internet is still running though, there are hundreds of great survival manuals available for the download. Many preppers have binders full of these free manuals that they have downloaded and printed out. I was able to pull a fairly large list of survival manuals, first aid manuals and homesteading topics for your information. You can use all of these links to build your knowledge and enhance your own survival library. If you have any other links please let me know and I can add those in.

Free First Aid Manuals

Free Homesteading Manuals

Free Recipe and Cookbook/Food Preservation Manuals

Free Bushcraft Manuals

Free Survival Manuals



  1. BobW

    May 4, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Pat, even more important that having them printed out is actually reading them. I’m guilty of this like a lot of people. I’ve purchased and downloaded numerous manuals, but have only skimmed most of them.

    Even if you don’t understand everything at the time, its important to not be ignorant of basic and what I’ll call level 2 first aid. If/when an incident occurs (even in daily life now) that requires immediate action, some of that material will come back to you when you step into the breach.

    A great (and free) source for current Army literature is the Army Electronic Publication site at http://armypubs.army.mil/

    If distribution is unlimited, then you can download from the source for free. Much of it is, or was anyway.

    I mention the site primarily because the image of the documents at the top of the article shows quite old versions of some useful manuals. If they are using newer techniques, we should too.

  2. Pat Henry

    May 5, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Thanks for the link Bob! The images don’t necessarily reflect the links but you are right in that it is always good to have the latest and greatest.

  3. Herman Nelson

    May 5, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Check out Steve’s Pages while you’re at it. There GUNS magazine starting with issue #1, FMs and TMs, A nice batch of American Survival Guide is available as well.


  4. Prepper

    August 18, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    I’ve had the army survival manual since I was a kid. The old scout manuals were loosely based off of it. Still got mine in the nightstand.

    • Pat Henry

      August 20, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Yep, that old Army survival manual has a ton of great information in there.

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