Make Your Own Winter Survival Shelter

Knowing how to make your own winter survival shelter is important if you love to spend quality time outdoors. It’s not enough that you know how to fish, hunt, and look for food while you’re in the snowy country, you must also know what to do in case you need to find shelter fast, and in worst case scenarios, build one of your own.

However, before you start building a shelter, you need to make sure you won’t freeze to death inside it and that there’s enough air circulating inside. For this, you might need to get yourself a durable portable generator. The Internet has some pretty¬†good advice¬†about portable generators, so you might want to check those out.

There are several kinds of shelters you can make and some are quite easy to prepare. Building an igloo is not really that good an idea because it’s challenging even for the experts. Why make it hard for yourself when you can come up with an efficient winter survival shelter that’s just as good but takes less time and energy to build?

The Tree Pit Shelter

People love doing this because this is by far the easiest to make. First, find a large tree. Observe that once the heavy snow has already fallen on it, most of its branches are covered. On its lowest branches, you can see a “pit” where practically no snow was able to reach. All you need to do is clear whatever little snow you find in there, take out some of the lower branches and you’re almost good to go.

Position poles around the trunk then cover them with pine boughs. A poncho or tarp is even better if you have one with you. An extra blanket can also serve as an added insulation and will block the wind from entering. Don’t’ forget to cover your floor with a thick pile of pine boughs to keep your sleeping platform warm. A campfire is a bad idea for obvious reasons. Just provide a ventilation hole so carbon monoxide can escape if you’re using a portable heating device.

The Lean-to Shelter

This is great when you don’t have enough snow for building a real arctic shelter. All you have to do is tie a cord in between two trees, drape a poncho or tarp over the line, then tie the cords at the end of the material. Run the cord to the two stakes that you have secured to the ground early on. Do the same thing with the other end of the material. Don’t forget to put pine boughs and snow on top of it to keep you well-insulated, and the ground as well to protect you from the blistering cold when you lie down to hit the sack.

Obviously, these two wouldn’t really require sophisticated electrical wirings. However, you could try to incorporate electricity, or at least heat and ventilation; into the shelters given that your survival depends on both. The last thing you want is to freeze to death or die of suffocation. With a good generator, you could take care of that and ensure your survival.