The Importance of Shelter in Survival

The Importance of Shelter in Survival

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Many people claim to know a lot about survival, but haven’t actually spent much time outdoors in emergency situations and bad weather.  It’s easy to survive when you plan on spending the night out and have all the gear you need. But when a real situation comes around, you can’t count on having all your equipment with you.

In today’s blog, we’re going to talk about one of the most important elements for survival: shelter.

Protection from the Environment

The number one way that people end up in trouble in survival situations is through exposure to the elements.

Exposure to the wet and cold is especially dangerous. Hypothermia can strike in nighttime temperatures as high as 60 degrees, and can kill you. That’s a night that would feel quite comfortable normally, walking around town. But outdoors, with no shelter, those temperatures can be deadly.

In desert regions, heat is a real concern. Heat exhaustion may just mean you’re going to have a really bad day, but heat stroke is fatal more often than not. That’s why the first element on our list of important gear for survival is shelter. Shelter can come in the form of gear that you carry with you, or can be improvised.

Shelter Equipment

For equipment, we always recommend you carry a space blanket or large heavy duty trash bag in the bottom of your pack. Whether you’re heading to the grocery store, to a family reunion, or on a hike, this item should not leave your bag.

Even in an urban situation, disasters like earthquakes can strike at any time. A waterproof surface like a trash bag can keep the rain off and help keep you warm. You can also learn about camping in rain here.

Improvised Shelter

The ability to improvise a shelter is a critical survival skill. Building a structure that can shed some rain and most importantly keep you warm is more difficult than you’d think, especially if you haven’t built anything out of sticks and leaves since you were a kid.

Fortunately, building improvised shelters is relatively easy once you know the principles (and as long as the right materials are available in your location, which is the real trick). This is a topic we’ll cover in other blog posts. For this post, the lesson is simple: prioritize shelter.

It could save your life.

About Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson is a chief editor of The Survival Corps and an experienced survivalist who is incredibly passionate about everything survival and preparedness, be it in the great outdoors or in an urban environment.Besides his primary job functions at The Survival Corps, Dan has been recognized by the survival community for his extraordinary commitment and an insatiable desire to always achieve absolute excellence in everything that he undertakes. Being a survival expert for a very long time, Dan has acquired extensive knowledge and experience regarding preparing for camping trips, hiking, hunting and any other outdoor adventure and surviving in the wilderness. He also knows quite a lot about preparing for emergency situations in the concrete jungle when one would need either self-defense or other survival skills in various cases of crisis, such as a natural disaster. Dan’s remarkable knowledge and expertise, absolutely tireless work ethic, astonishing passion and commitment and unparalleled focus is what truly sets him apart from all the other survivalist enthusiasts. He is truly the lifeblood of The Survival Corps and we can honestly say that we wouldn’t be where we are without him. He is a professional and a true leader that anyone would love working with, both in and out of the office walls. He has an incredibly friendly and open personality and loves helping others, which is exactly where he finds constant inspiration and passion for learning more and providing people with tips and tricks for all things survival. He is curious, imaginative, creative and always puts other people first, never failing to really help them put safety in their lives. If you’re a passionate survival enthusiast, The Survival Corps is the right place for you, as Dan will never cease to amaze you with valuable information for helping you plan, prepare and survive both in the wilderness and in an urban environment.

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