Why You Need a Survival Shelter
If you are lost in the wilderness and have decided to stay there, your main concern is to discover or build a survival shelter. In general shelter is overlooked, or at best sacrificed on the scale of priorities. In a survival scenario it’s good to keep in mind the Rule of 3:
“You Cannot Survive
Longer Than Three Minutes Without Air
Longer Than Three Hours Without Shelter
Longer Than Three Days Without Water
Longer Than Three Weeks Without Food.”
Without being absolute these pointers are practical guidelines and correctly emphasize the necessity for shelter. Proper protection from weather conditions comes second only to breathing.
- Enhance Morale. A survival shelter helps to give you and your fellows a more positive mood and a good night’s sleep.
- Offer Protection from Animals. Despite the fact that animals aren’t usually dangerous, you wouldn’t like them running over you while sleeping.
- Prevent Insect Bites. Nasty flying bugs such as mosquitoes and black flies, in big amounts, might drive you nuts, degrading your outdoor experience.
- Protect from Sun and Slow Down Thirst. A shelter protection decreases the water usage and lowers the risk of heat illnesses and dehydration. You can build a cooling shelter in the sand on a beach or desert or perhaps be offered by a tree.
- Shelter from Rain or Snow. Staying wet can make you actually feel cold and can result in hypothermia and feeling hopeless.
- Make You Stay Warm. A shelter assists you to preserve your body heat, decreasing the consequence of wind and air currents. Body heat isn’t lost as quickly by the body in motionless air.
To sum up: a survival shelter gives you protection. Defense against climate and wildlife. Without having a shelter chances are you’ll freeze in cold weather, fall victim to heat illness in hot climate or become meal for a predator. Shelter may come in a variety of types, for instance caverns, trees or man-made constructions.
The kind of survival shelter to construct varies according to the gear and materials accessible, the season of the year, as well as the duration of the stay. Using the available materials, a good solid shelter may be built during any time of year and under any circumstances.
Your ease and ability to construct a survival shelter will be based upon your effort and skill at improvising a framework using the obtainable materials. In future posts I’ll describe an array of survival shelters, with various degrees of required skills, for virtually any period of the year.