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
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. http://www.ehow.com/how_12589_make-bow-drill.html
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.