Survival Shelters

When you are in a survival situation, building a shelter should be a high priority. A shelter can protect you against the elements (sun, wind, rain, snow, etc.) keeping you warm and dry, as well as protect against natural enemies. The shelter should be large enough for you to lie down in, but it should be built only a bit bigger than you are. This will help contain body heat while resting and sleeping. A shelter is a vital comfort to boost your moral, and enhance your will to survive.

When looking for a shelter site, keep in mind the type of shelter (protection) you need. You would look for a spot that provides protection against wild animals and falling objects if at all possible, while still protecting you from the elements. You also want a place free from insectsreptiles and poisonous plants. You may be able to find natural shelters as well in such as caves or cliffs, or large trees with dry areas beneath them. Be sure of course there are no wild occupants already using these shelters. Look for an area that will also allow for a small fire. It will keep you warm, and ward off any predators.

A-Frame ShelterIglooStick Walls and Screens
Aboriginal ShelterLean-To ShelterStone Barriers
BashaNatural HollowSwamp Bed
Beach Shade ShelterPalm ShelterTarp
Bough ShelterParahammockTepees
Cave ShelterParatepeeThatch and Grass
Coastal SheltersPup TentThermal Shelter
CrevassesQuinzee ShelterTree Pit Shelter
Debris ShelterRoot ShelterTree Root Shelter
Desert Shade ShelterSapling ShelterTree Well Shelter
Double Lean-To ShelterScout PitTropical Hut
Elevated ShelterSnow Quinzee ShelterTurf House
Fallen Tree ShelterSnow CavesVehicle Shelter
Fan ShelterSnow Trench ShelterWickiup Shelter
Grass ShelterSnow WallWigwam Shelter
Hobo ShelterSod ShelterWillow Frame Shelter
 Rock ShelterYurt

Heating Your Shelter

When body heat just isn’t enough, there are other alternatives you can use to stay warm in your shelter.

Reflecting HeatWith InsulationWith Rocks
With a Fire