Survival Guide: The Book All Survivalist and Preppers Need ( 3 in 1 ) (2016)
Setting Up A Survival Shelter
After you’re done making provisions for water and food, the next thing on your agenda should be setting up a shelter to protect yourself from harsh weather conditions and wild animals. Although the shelter you will be setting up will not be anything close to your home, since it is an emergency situation, a survival shelter will give you the needed protection.
Items Needed To Set Up A Survival Shelter
In order to set up your survival shelter, you need to have the following items in place:
· Bamboo sticks or any other strong stick
· A sharp knife
· Twines, vines or preferable Paracord
How To Set Up A Survival Shelter
There are many ways to set up a survival shelter, but for an emergency, you can use the procedure below to set up a temporary shelter.
ü Find A Clear Ground
You need to find an open space or a ground space without stumps; you can actually clear the ground around you to make an open space.
ü Gather Sticks
Besides setting up the survival shelter, you will need to gather sticks to also make a fireplace. You can use this time and work on both tasks. For your fire, you need smaller and very dry sticks, but for your survival shelter, you will need to get stronger and bigger sticks.
ü Set Up The Sticks
You need to set up the sticks to make your shelter. If the weather is too cold or you are not sure of the type of wild animals in the area, you may need to lay some sticks on top of each other to lift your shelter off the ground a bit.
After that, place the other sticks on the ground in a slanting manner to enable the sticks on one roll to touch the ones on the opposite. Continue mounting more sticks until you get to the desired length for your shelter.
Place a long stick across the slanted sticks and use a twine or the Paracord to hold them together.
Spread your emergency blanket or plastic sheeting on top of the sticks to serve as the roof; remember to create your entrance. If for any reason you don’t have an emergency blanket or plastic sheeting, you can collect leaves and place on the sticks and use another set of sticks to help prevent them from blowing off when the weather gets windy in the night.
After setting up your survival shelter, you will need to make a fire in front of the shelter to keep wild animals away while you sleep, and to provide warmth for you when the temperature drops further at night.
How To Make A Fire Without A Matches Or Lighter
If you don’t have a match or a fire lighter, you can use these alternative ways to set up fire:
ü Bow And Stone Fire
This process is very easy; with a little practice, you can get the process perfectly. It involves using a bow and stone to produce sparks of fire. First, you need to make your bow; get a light stick that is flexible enough to bend.
Untie your shoe string or Paracord and use it to arch the stick. Simply bend the stick on both sides facing down and use the rope to hold the sides in place.
Face a wood surface and use your knife to carve a small hole on the wood;
Place some pieces of wool or tinder nest cloth to the hole; close enough to light it with fire sparks.
Place a side of the bow inside the hole and then place a stone on the end facing use; and hold it in place with your left hand and use your right hand to quickly turn the bow from side to side.
It will produce small sparks of fire to ignite the tinder.
ü Battery And Steel Wool Fire
You can produce sparks of fire using a battery and a steel-wool. For this method, you will need a battery of at least 9 volts. Set the terminal sides of the battery (the terminals are the two metal sides that are slightly raised on the edge of your battery).
Bring a steel wool and rub both together to produce sparks of fire. Ensure that you have wool or tinder nest near that will catch the sparks to produce fire.
ü Flint And Steel Fire
For this method, you use a flint and a piece of steel. Rub them vigorously together to produce sparks of fire but before proceeding with this method, you need to keep a small bare thread cloth nearby to catch the sparks of fire. The flint can be a small coal tar stone, and if you don’t have any steel, you can use the blade of your knife as a substitute for steel.
The next part will talk about how to protect yourself while in the wild.