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Shelter is your top priority in most survival emergencies.  You would of read this in the prepping pages. Shelter, three hours in extreme conditions you may survive, after that it can be life threatening. Severe weather conditions can kill, if you don’t have some type of shelter to defend you from the elements. 

There are ways to build yourself a shelter, using man-made items or using the wilderness. Here as some examples for you to consider. There is a big difference between making a shelter in a survival situation and making one for fun. A survival shelter is all about trying to maintain body temperature. Make it small, snug and efficient. It’s about hunkering down and waiting until first light. Body regulation is the first survival priority you can control, so in an emergency first get a shelter up, then worry about fire.

Tarp shelter


You can build a basic shelter using two straight tent poles or use the trees around you. rope or paracord, pegs, and, of course, a tarp.

You need to run a line between the two poles or trees. If using poles, run another two lines to secure to the ground. This is known as the ridgeline. You should now have what might look like a washing line. Pull the tarp over the line.

Run lines from the corners of the tarp and peg into the ground.

tent inside looking out


This is the easiest way to have a shelter. There are many different shapes and sizes. A one, two or three man is good, lightweight ones are best. Watch the weight of it though, you don't want to be carrying too much. Secure to the ground really well, as you don't want it to blow away. Clear the area as well as rocks or large items nay damage the tent. Also look up to see if there is any damaged branches if you are setting up in some woodland.

inside a cave


You may be lucky enough to find a cave where you are setting up camp. Great natural cover, but check it out first, you don't want to find you are sharing with the local wildlife. Also if you are near a water source, check for signs of flooding, it's got to be pretty dry for you to use. You can build a shelter of pitch your tent as well, for that extra protection. 

lean to shelter

Lean to shelter

One of the best natural shelters to build. Find a good spot, between two trees is best. Location is the key and check the ground for roots and debris. Make sure the trees you have chosen are close enough together. Just right for you, having it too big is harder to heat up. Have a good look around for some branches and limbs. One long one for the ridge line and shorter ones for the lean too. Put the long one up to the trees and secure, you may have to lash it up with paracord.

Place the shorter ones against it, until you have a good shelter. You can use the foliage around you to cover the branches.

A-frame shelter

A frame shelter

You may not find any trees close or not in an area suitable for a lean-to. So a 'A' frame shelter is a good choice. Made with a ridge line long branch or limb and two Y shaped branches. Then using smaller limbs or branches to lean on the sides. Cover it in foliage for a nice little snug.

This is only a brief description of some of the types of shelter that you can use. I will be adding some more pages and go through each shelter with a more detailed how to guide.

The above lean-to and the 'A' frame shelters are made by myself, and yes it is me in the lean-to photo. You will be seeing more of me in the coming months.

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