Besides adventure books (see blog post here), I love a good field guide when I’m out and about.
These guides help in identifying what you see and to understand the ecosystems where you are exploring, or want to explore. They are also great to get kids interested in an upcoming vacation (even to a beach, lake or the mountains) and make great gifts.
Different Shapes and Sizes
Field guides come in all different shapes and sizes from pocket sized reference books, to waterproof tri-fold picture guides to books hundreds of pages with tons of pictures. Here’s a partial list of the many field guides I own and use in the field:
North American Birds
Both of these editions are great for birding. the Nat Geo one I leave in my house and the Peterson Guide I take out in the field, as it’s much lighter than the former.
North American Fish
My top two fish guides for identification. While both stay home I do reference them a lot before and after trips and take notes.
Florida Field Guides
My go to field guide in this section is the National Audubon and I take it almost everywhere in Florida when I;m out exploring.
Saltwater Fishes of Florida-Southern Gulf of Mexico: A Guide to Inshore & Offshore Species
Brazil and the Amazon
I have multiple copies fo these, for the house and different gear bags. Sometimes you forget a knot or need a refresher, or want to tie a new one!
Survival & First aid
The SAS is a great little book for a bug out bag, EDC bag or a gear bag.