Gathering Dew

Water can be collected from vegetation. Using absorbent cloth like a cotton t-shirt, you can collect dew by wiping over leafy bushes and long grasses. You can also tie the cloth to your leg and walk through dew covered grass / coverings; wring out water and collect. It is an effective water procurement method.


Water Distillation

A gulp or two while swimming in the ocean isn’t so bad, but could you imagine drinking nothing but salt water? Salt water doesn’t refresh a human body – it actually makes a person more thirsty from dehydration! Eventually a person on a saltwater diet would become ill from dehydration. One way to purify salt water is through …

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Boiling Water

Boiling is a very effective means of disinfecting water. Boiling is when the water releases “visual vapors”, you “hear a sound” coming from the pot/can and when you look inside you can see “bubbles popping” to the surface of the water. Boil for at least five minutes. Make sure the water is actually boiling – …

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A-frame shelter

There are many variations of the a-frame shelter. Choose the best method that suits your situation. Basic A-Frame:Step 1: use two long limbs, similar in size and strength. These will be your main support beams. They must have the strength to support the structure, strong enough to hold the weight of the roofing. Lean the two …

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Basha (referred to in the forces), British idiom for a shelter or a field-expidient improvised shelter. The Basha is normally built using poles, rope, and a poncho, but any tarp or natural cover will suffice. Basha is the same as the American pup tent, a lean-to, or the old shebang shelter.

Bough Shelter

Low hanging or partly broken tree boughs can be a very effective shelter. Look for branches that sweep to the ground or fallen boughs that offer protection from the wind. Under the bottom branches of a large evergreen tree for example, you just crawl under the lower branches to help keep you sheltered. If the …

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Debris Shelter

This shelter is one of the simplest and most versatile. It is made of sticks and branches, covered with leaves and other debris materials. Location: Before you begin building a debris shelter, pick your location for it carefully. Look for a relatively dry, well-drained area. There should be an abundance of leaves, grass, pine needles, or similar debris …

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Fallen tree shelter

A fallen tree is one of the first options you should consider using to make a shelter, as it can be constructed with minimum effort. A natural formation like a fallen tree can also shield you from the elements immediately. A good structure base to use on a fallen tree would be similar to an a-frame.

Heating Rocks

When you cannot use an internal fire, heating rocks are a great way to heat your shelter and stay warm. Never select rocks from near a water source, or any porous rocks for that matter, dense rocks are safer. Rocks found near water sources could have water trapped inside them. As the water heats, the rock will turn …

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Heating With Fire

If you plan to use a fire on the inside of your shelter as a heat source, carefully plan how it will be tended. Make sure your shelter has proper ventilation at all times to allow smoke to escape, and to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. In some types of shelters such as debris shelters, it would probably be wiser to build your …

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