One of the most important things to learn if you’re going to be trekking in the wilderness is how to create a shelter for yourself. Most survivalists don’t carry tents with them on journeys because they are too heavy and sort of defeat the purpose of surviving without any creature comforts.
And as you learned in grade school science, shelter is one of the key human needs for survival.
A survivor knows that he or she can create a shelter with numerous materials, depending on the environment. You would use different things to construct a shelter if you were trekking through the rain forest than if you found yourself in the mountains. While shelter is more important during the winter months, you’ll need some type of covering even in milder climes.
First, the goal is not to create the biggest shelter you can construct. If it’s cold outside, you’re going to want a shelter that is large enough to fit your entire body comfortably, but small enough to restrict the escape of body heat. The shelter should also serve as a morale booster; when you are protected from the elements, you will naturally feel safer in your environment.
In some cases, you might be able to find a natural shelter already created for you. Caves, for example, are an excellent form of shelter because they provide protection on all sides and often have a small mouth that will keep you safe from larger predators.
However, survivors know that there are times when you have to build your own shelter out of materials you collect in the wilderness.
An axe is a handy, lightweight tool to have with you during a survival excursion. You can use it to cut small branches from trees and construct a lean-to using the side of a boulder, tree or other natural formation.
You should also bring with you rope and a light source to make your job easier.
Surviving isn’t difficult when you know how to use your surroundings to create a shelter but make sure you explore different methods depending on where you are traveling.