When you're in a SHTF situation the first 3 things you need for survival are food, water, and shelter. But not many people have a shelter laying around when they need one (they should). The good news is, David from Ultimate Survival Tips found two simple ways you can make a survival shelter with nothing more than a heavy duty trash bag. The first way is very basic for temporary rest. while the second type of tent is meant for a longer duration camp.
1. Simple Single Hole Shelter
The first type of shelter is just a simple hole in the top. Notice he didn't cut any arm holes? This will trap his body heat and allow him to warm up in a storm. The downside is that you can't fully stretch out unless you have another bag to put your feet in.
- Very simple.
- Keeps body heat in.
- Can do it on the run without having to make a camp.
- Uncomfortable for sleeping.
- Feet may get wet unless you have two bags.
2. A-Frame Tent
The A-Frame shelter is slightly more complicated but lets you stretch out completely so you don't have to sleep in a ball all night. For this to work you're going to need:
- A tree.
- Something to cut your bag (knife, hatchet, sharp rock).
- Four small rocks.
- Four Sticks (tent stakes)
First you'll want to cut the side and the bottom of your bag. Then you'll need to use your cordage to string a low ridgeline.
Then you'll need to use your cordage to string a low ridgeline.
Now drape your bag over your line.
Take your 4 rocks and wrap them around each corner of your bag.
Then use your cordage to wrap around the rocks and stake them into place.
- You can stretch out.
- You can hang wet clothes inside.
- It can last a few weeks.
- Takes longer to build.
- You need additional equipment.
- Packing up camp takes more time.
Always keep a shelter or a way to make a shelter near you. Whether that's a couple of trashbags in your glove box, or a full blown tent in the trunk.