Shelter Survival Basics

To start off, shelter can protect you from a number of things; namely: the sun, insects, wind, rain, snow, hot or cold temperatures and the enemy. It also helps to maintain your morale and mental state for survival. Here are our shelter survival basics.

For some certain scenarios, the importance to find shelter might even weigh heavier than that of food or water.  Take for example, in colder environments, finding protection against frostbite is a thing one might find more of a necessity first than food or water.

You could save lots of energy by making shelters around the natural environment.

One more thing to generally keep in mind is to have your shelter just big enough to protect you and perhaps small enough to preserve body heat, and not overtly large.

Shelter Survival Basics: Your Uniform

Your main shelter when seeking to survive is your uniform. In any situation, this will hold true. As so, you will have to maintain your uniform so it could keep up to protect and function for you.

Shelter Survival Basics: Selecting Where

If shelter is that important to find, you better start the earliest you can. Keep in mind these two main key-points in look where to find or build shelter.

It must contain enough materials to make whatever shelter you need.

It must be large and level enough for you to comfortable lie down and lay in.

Then on top of both of that, you will have to consider the situation and safety, alongside concealment, you’re going to be in when selecting said site.

Shelter Survival Basics: Other things to consider – checklist:

If it has camouflaged escape routes.

If it is suitable for signaling, if ever necessary.

If it provides protection against wild animals and rocks and dead trees that might fall.

If it is free from insects, reptiles, and poisonous plants.

Shelter Survival Basics: Other things to consider based on your environment, for instance:

Flash flood prone areas in foothills

Avalanche or rock-slide areas in terrain that’s mountainous.

Sites near bodies of water that are below the high-water mark.

Climate can also be important in site selection. During a cold winter climate you might want to prioritize finding shelters that can foremost protect you against from the cold and wind, but preferably also, has a source of fuel (fire) and water. During a hot climate, you will want to prioritize a site that has a nearby water source, and perhaps also is insect free.

You could use the acronym BLISS when finding shelter:

  • B-Blend in with the surroundings.
  • L-Low silhouette.
  • I-Irregular shape.
  • S-Small.
  • S-Secluded location.

So you now know survival shelter’s basics, but how about knowing also some bushcraft shelter tips.

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