My solution is The Post-Apocalyptic Survival Bookshelf. I intend to gather various books together to form a small library of important information to help survive the apocalypse, thrive in the post-apocalyptic world, and start to rebuild society afterwards. The books will be a valuable physical resource that will outlast your death and can teach others the same important skills. And by knowing what's in the books, you'll have a leg up on anyone else and be a more valuable member of your community even if the books don't survive.
Rules for the bookshelf:
- Must be a book. Books may be relatively fragile, but there's really no alternative. Most modern books are meant to last a few years at least. Printouts are too fragile and don't age very well.
- Keep the numbers small. Fewer books mean less weight, and it's easier to carry them and protect them. I won't put a number on it, but it probably shouldn't be more than a couple of dozen. If the list gets long, I may bump some.
- Survival takes precedence, then thriving, then rebuilding society. That means medicine and wilderness survival guides take precedence over agricultural and tool-building techniques, and those are more important than electronics guides or other advanced topics.
- I intend on purchasing my own copies of most of these books so I can give you more detailed information about them. Hopefully each book would also be in print or at least easily available.