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When you are in the woods SHTF can happen in a matter of seconds. You could get

*hunted ( rarely but still possible for some sicko to attempt to harm you)
* many many more……….

For short term survival (a day or two) then


Shelter is very important because you need to be out of the elements.

If built right a shelter can be
Cools (for hot climates)
Warm (for cold climates)
Dry ( for wet climates) I know that seams like common sense but I will greatly influence the shelter you make.

* note. A small shelter is easier to make and maintain. Small is good.
* build it away from hazards like

Dead trees that might fall
Flood arias

A good shelter for dry hot climates is a Wickiup, to make one. (this shelter will keep you out of the sun and wind but isn’t very good in a rain storm)
Find tree strong ridgepoles and set them Tipi- fashion. And pile branches, leaves, grass, etc….. to create the shelter ( leave a space to enter exit)

A good shelter for cold wet climates is a debris hut.
To make one Find a tree with a fork and place a ridge pole in the fork. Then place tree limbs along the ridge pole to make a frame then pile and much leaves and straw as you can on top of it. ( the debris will make this shelter surprisingly warm).

Fire is important for water purifying, food and heat.
Most people reading this will know how to make a simple fire with lighters. To make one with out them you can use a bow-drill.

Water is a bit more difficult it you don’t have purring pablits or a pot, can, bowl. To boil it in. to purify the water you can put sand in a clean sock and run the water threw it and into a pot, then boil it for 25 minutes (better safe than sorry).

Well I spent more time on the shelters than the water and fire. I wrote this mostly because I was board and the forms where getting slow lately. I hope what I wrote was correct and please correct me If I as wrong. Also add you own woods tips if you like. I suggest that if you don’t know about wilderness survival that you read. Tom browns field guide to wilderness survival. ( I got the shelter ideas from this book) I think the book is very good. A little old 1983
I hope yall like this post.
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Having a kit is great, but you need to be able to make do when you don't have it for whatever, airplane, lost it, dropped it, used everything up or broke it. The more you have on you the better off you'll be, but with that thinking you'll never leave the house.
On the line of shelters, a space blanket is small enough to keep in a pocket and will reflect heat from a nearby fire (not too near, self critiquing mistake) and will help out waterproofing your new home. Keep at least 10' of paracord wrapped around it and you'll forget about it in your jacket until you need it.
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