A Survival Shelter Is Vital To Your Chances Of Survival
Wilderness Shelter . . . Finding It Or Making It Is Crucial To Your Survival
Most survival experts and survival manuals will tell you that you must have shelter within three hours of becoming lost or stranded in the wilderness, this is excellent advice, and should be heeded.
However, shelter is subjective, it can simply be getting under some foliage to protect you from the hot sun, behind a tree to break a cold wind and even your clothes, hate and gloves are shelter.
Once you realize you are lost, you must stop and evaluate your surroundings, running from tree to bush because you think you recognize them and thinking the trail or campsite is just ahead, is counter-productive.
Panicking and running in circles will cause you injury, use up energy and dehydrate you faster.
Emergency Shelter Recommended Supplies
Example of a Wilderness Survival Shelter
The conventional wisdom is to stay in place and allow rescue personnel find you, unless it is dangerous to stay in place.
You must have a shelter made before dark. Walking in the woods at night is dangerous; you can encounter nocturnal predators to include dangerous snakes, walk off a cliff or fall into a gorge.
Ideally, you would have some tools and materials to make shelter building easier such as an axe, machete, rope/cordage and a rain poncho.
This shelter can be made from forest debris without tools.
Note the support poles form an "X" which provides the support. The support poles are leaning against another pole that runs to the ground down the middle, holding the shelter upright. Once supported add poles and pine boughs to fill in the sides. The ground cover is green vegetation and pine needles.
An Emergency Wilderness Shelter
You can use natural formations for shelter such as this rock crevice.
You can lean sticks and pine boughs to close off the entrance. Use vegetation as ground cover.
Quick Emergency Shelter Tip
This shelter can be constructed in literally a matter of minutes using a rain poncho and any pole found in the forest.
The sides can be secured to the ground with small stakes or you can use rocks or logs to weight the tarp and hold the poncho on the ground.
Build an Emergency Wilderness Shelter
Make An Emergency Shelter With Your Poncho
This is another example of a shelter using your rain poncho.