You don’t realize this, but shelter is a basic human need. Very often when you think about survival, the focus is on food and water. Taking shelter for granted because you plan on staying home… and home actually is shelter.
If there was a natural disaster and you needed to bug out in the wilderness, now you’ll understand just how important shelter is.
Spending time unprotected outdoors will make you vulnerable. You need to make plans, such as building a shelter.
What types of shelters should you build in the Wilderness?
When you’re out in the wild, often your only option for a shelter is to find a location with some material. Only experienced survivalists know how to create a shelter from natural resources that they find when they are in the woods.
Taking shelter either in caves or under foliage is not the best option. The better option is to bring your own tents. Collapsible tents are portable and should be enough for a family of four or five people.
Safety is utmost importance. It’s best to get two or three tents, rather than just one big tent. If the large tent gets damaged, you won’t be left without shelter.
Set up your tents quickly during times of peace so you are more prepared in the future.
The importance of location in selecting a potential shelter site
It’s important to find a shelter location. If you camp in the sun all day, it’ll be difficult to cool down in the summer heat. If there are heavy rains, your tent will take a pounding too.
Try to avoid branches that could break over you and cause danger.
There should be access to a water source so you have easy access.
There are many hazards you’ll need to watch out for, including those that come out of the earth like wolf dens, snake pits, and ant hills. A source of water will also be important to monitor animals such as bears and coyotes coming by.
With most animals, they tend to stay near their home as there is food and water. If you get too close, you may be attacked.
You'll want to find a radius surrounding your tent, with the furthest point being about 3 meters away with nothing in it. This will create a nice barrier from animals and insects. Make sure you clear out any shrubs or branches within that perimeter so that there won't be anything for the fire to touch.
In advance, find a perfect bug-out location so that you can get your criteria met. In an emergency, you’ll be under pressure and time will most likely be against you.
Pack all of the items that you plan on using, such as gear to help make your trip comfortable. This includes tents, camping equipment, fishing rods, and a sewing kit for patches for your tent if it gets a tear.
The first thing you should do with your family is to camp out in your chosen site so that everyone will be prepared for the experience.
One thing you can't get for free is what experience does for you. Spend some time on bugging out, and see for yourself the benefits of it.