Assuming you’re not lost in the woods for more than a day or two, you should be able to return to civilization.
If not, however, you’ll want to know how to make a shelter that will keep you safe from the elements.
After all, in an emergency, the danger and risk might be exacerbated by cold, rain, snow, or even a thick fog if you don’t have a shelter to shield yourself from your surroundings.
You want something between you and the wilderness if you ever have to spend the night outdoors.
So here’s how…
How To Build An Emergency Shelter
You’ll need a wilderness survival shelter. And in certain cases, it’s more than just a preference; it’s downright essential. A survival shelter can sometimes offer something extra important than these.
A good survival shelter will shield you from the weather.
Humans are not built to withstand the following conditions for an extended amount of time:
- freezing temperatures
- sweltering heat
- high winds
- deep snow
- driving sleet
- heavy rains
In the desert, we rapidly dehydrate in the direct light. We can become hypothermic on the frozen tundra of the North within minutes, or even in more temperate locations where rain-soaked snow has melted.
Shelter equals protection.
The water countdown clock will run down in a few days, but the shelter clock may run out in a matter of hours or even minutes in extreme situations. So you must become aware of the locations you visit and the supplies accessible there.
You can use a knife or tinder to start the fire.
The best time to strike is when you have a good chance of making contact with your target, for example, if it moves in front of you while driving. If there are no hills to block the wind from blowing out your candle, and it burns properly away from everything else so that all attention is focused on where it’s sitting, this will ensure its longevity.
This technique also works well in cramped spaces with low ceilings because sparks fly upwards instead of spreading out over the ceiling as they do when using other types of wood fuels.
You also don’t need much charcoal to last long enough for an emergency situation! -> To defend yourself quickly against dangerous environmental situations, prepare by gathering material
Building a Lean-To Shelter
The lean-to is so named because it typically consists of leaning construction materials against a pre-existing structure or natural formation, such as a wall, rock face, fallen tree, etc.
If you can build a 3-piece standalone frame around which to lean your supplies, it may also be constructed free-standing. The disadvantage of this style of shelter is that it doesn’t always provide full 360 degrees of coverage, and unless you’re careful with your construction or have some sort of tarp or trash bags, it won’t be very resistant to water.
That being said, it’s an excellent structure in a pinch.
Building a Round Lodge Shelter
This sort of survival shelter is often known as a teepee, wickiup, or wigwam and is similar to the natural growth of a lean-to.
It’s built similarly to the A-frame, with numerous branches leaning together to form a greater structure. However, because it may completely surround the user when properly constructed, it provides somewhat more protection.
Although it will take more time and resources to make, this shelter offers a greater return in a survival scenario since it can protect you, your gear, and any potential food you gather from the elements as well as certain scavenging animals or predators.
The Igloo/Quinzhee snow huts, a snow cave, Ramada, and other tarp shelters are all examples of such structures. The concepts, on the other hand, are exactly the same: to provide you with shelter from whatever natural calamities may be heading your way.
The TACT Bivvy Emergency Shelter
While learning how to create survival shelters is an essential skill for any serious survivalist,You might also want to prepare for a survival emergency with a TACT Bivvy.
The Tact Bivvy is the ultimate portable personal survival shelter.
This lightweight emergency sleeping bag is made of mylar and traps your own body heat. This little survival sleeping bag might be the difference between dying from hypothermia or surviving the night.
Add one to your vehicle, your survival pack, your bug out bag.