How to Build an Emergency Survival Shelter

5. Two Person Winter Survival Shelter

To bring this shelter to life (which can, of course, also be used at any other time of the year), you will need some basic tools. The good news is that nothing is required that shouldn’t already be in your survival backpack. Never forget to grab your basic supplies before you go into the woods. Failure to do so could lead to an otherwise easily avoidable injury or death.

To make this shelter work, you’ll want to find a tall, sturdy tree that doesn’t have a lot of lower branches or twigs. If possible, select a tree that is positioned so that you won’t be facing directly into the wind. You will need to clean up the lower area of the tree if it does have any branches present.

By following the step-by-step guide in the video, you’ll be able to go from gathering the necessary branches to putting together a rather impressive shelter that is suitable for two. This shelter gets bonus points for being hardy enough to help you wait out a winter snowstorm. Don’t forget to build a raised floor to keep the cold ground from coming into direct contact with your body. After all, if you fall asleep on a freezing cold ground, you might not ever wake up again.

As mentioned in the video, covering the top of this shelter with a tarp is ideal. However, if you don’t have a tarp with you (and if not, why not? Prepare your emergency pack now!), you can still enjoy a lot of protection within this shelter for two.

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