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Choosing the Right Survival Shelter

Choosing the Right Survival Shelter – Could save your life!

In today’s economic and ever changing world climate, we find ourselves at the crossroads of uncertainty. From total financial collapse to seemingly emanate wars against foreign and domestic terrorists, there has never been a greater need for self-reliance and survival preparedness.

Part of survival preparedness is deciding on some kind of survival shelter, be it portable, long term, short term, or even in ground. All of these shelters are viable options and most are readily available for almost all budgets. In this article we will be discussing a few options that are available to you.



Temporary Shelters – What Are They?

There are four types of shelters in which each one has several different styles so that you have an option for just about any shelter need. Below we will review the types of temporary, long-term, portable and underground shelters you can build. Each one can be improved upon or altered accordingly per any given situation. 

Three Types of Temporary Survival Shelters: 

1. Tarp SheltersThis type of shelter is 100% portable and can be very versatile. The ability to alter the configuration of the tarp is unlimited. You may never know all of the different places you may need to stop and rest for a period so tarp shelters are a great option. Materials such as canvas and the latest in synthetics are your best options. To keep your tarp in place, you will need some sturdy stakes and durable cording.

2. Stick Shelters – As the name states, this type of shelter makes use of sticks to create a place to protect you from the elements. There are a number of different ways to build a stick shelter and your current situation and the weather will probably dictate which type you will want to build.

3. Scout Pit Shelter – This type of shelter requires some muscle and a shovel or other digging tool. Insulated in the summer and winter, this is an option you can use if you are staying several days in the area. The hole or trench should be at least 6 inches longer than you are high and the depth should be to your thigh or hip. Use dry leaves for the bottom and then dead, fallen branches to cover the opening. 

Long Term Survival Shelters: 

1. Swedish Army Shelter This form of shelter is similar to a tarp but is available in quarters or halves. The Swedish Army material is excellent at keeping out the bad weather and is very durable. A benefit to this option is that multiple shelters can be added together to create a larger shelter which is more versatile, like a tent is.

2. Stick Shelters – Although very temporary structures, these can be created in a very minimal amount of time with minimal effort, stick shelters can be built to last a much longer period of time. Durable cording and/or straps can certainly help to secure the shelter. However, making use of mud and/or clay to “glue” the sticks and stones together will help your temporary shelter become available for more long term needs.

3. Scout Pit Shelter If you need to stay on the move or take the same route on a regular basis, a scout pit ready and waiting might just be the shelter for your needs. Keep in mind that you probably won’t want to use this shelter in the rainy season unless absolutely necessary. 

Portable Survival Shelters: 

1. Tarp Shelters As mentioned earlier, the tarp is extremely portable; it is easy to put up and take down. If you don’t have cording or a rope and stakes, make use of what you do have such as broken branches and large rocks or small boulders. Keeping out the wind and rain and maintaining a sense of privacy and necessary comfort is easy with a tarp shelter.

2. Tents – There are so many different types of tents on the market today that everyone can find a tent to suit their individual needs. Generally lightweight and easy to put up/take down, tents provide shelter from all elements with just a short amount of set-up time. Opt for the tent that suits your needs and the location you will be needing shelter in.

3. Scout Pit Shelter – Okay, so a hole in the ground really can’t be moved. But it can be recreated just about anywhere. As long as the hole is higher and away from bodies of water and away from tree roots, a Scout Pit can be reproduced in a multitude of safe and out of the way places.

Underground Survival Shelters and Bunkers: 

1. Atlas Survival Shelters The history here began with the Atlas Bomb Shelter back in the 1950’s. Today, these must have shelters are produced in California and also in Texas. Creativity provides eating, sleeping and living quarters along with a restroom. A blast door, an escape hatch, an under floor storage and an air filtration system are all included

2. Basement SheltersThis term is essentially the same as a storm cellar or fallout shelter. Turn your basement into a secure retreat for a variety of reasons. The purpose is to protect you while still providing the amenities that you will need while the weather or other humans go crazy above ground.

3. Shipping Container Shelters – This is relatively a new option. Shipping containers are somewhat inexpensive, can be easily moved and altered to meet your individual safety needs. Generally used above ground, these unique systems can be used for underground; just be sure that there is more than adequate support for the structure once in the ground. 


Having a safe place to “escape” to is going to be a priority for many if and when an emergency arises. Knowing how to build a temporary or long-term shelter in the wilderness or having one created in or close to your own home is something everyone should consider. Have you considered what you will do to protect your family? Choosing the Right Survival Shelter Could Save Your Life.

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