Even if you have all the food and items you need to bug out in a hurry, are you ready to survive in a wilderness survival scenario right now? How would you create a shelter if you don’t have a tent with you? It’s very important that you take the time to learn how to make a variety of different shelters based on different locales. Today, you can learn how to make a very basic and simple shelter in the woods. This type of shelter shouldn’t take more than an hour or so to construct, and it requires minimal effort on your part.
First, you will take a severed tree limb that’s about five to eight feet long and perhaps two or three inches thick and tie it to a standing tree trunk. If you don’t have anything you can use to tie the limb to the trunk, you can always find a tree that has a Y-shape or a crook and place the limb against that area to hold it in place. It should be at about a 45-degree angle from the trunk. The end that touches the ground can be held in place by some rocks. This is the “spine” of the shelter.
You will then take smaller limbs and place them at an angle along the spine. Tie them to the spine with cordage, vines, or strips of cloth. These are the “ribs” of your shelter.
Finally, you will take branches, preferably of evergreens, but use whatever you have, and place them pointing downward along the ribs. This is the “skin” of the shelter, and it will keep out the wind and the cold. By placing the limbs pointing downward, it will also help it to shed the water.
The basics of the shelter are complete. You can adjust it as needed, but this simple shelter can keep you warm and safe for a couple of days until you are ready to build something larger or to move on.
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