Category: Wilderness Camping

66 Awesome Shelters You Can Make With A Tarp

66 Awesome Shelters You Can Make With A Tarp
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Tarps are great for stowing away in a backpack because they are lightweight, water resistant and very versatile in how you use them. This makes the tarp an ideal material for constructing some pretty cool makeshift shelters when it comes to survival in the wild.

Presented below are several tarp shelter designs to help you get started:

• A-Frame Tarp Shelter
Easy and fast: This shelter is made by stringing paracord between two trees. Then, the tarp is draped over the cord and staked down. You need to stretch the paracord tightly enough that it won’t sag in the middle.

• Sunshade Tarp Shelter
To construct this shelter, tie the paracord to four anchoring points. This shelter is ideal temporary protection against the rain because the water will pool in the middle, however note that as rain continues, water will continue to collect, becoming heavier and requiring that you push it off to the side. You can make this shelter sturdier by adding support to the corners.

• Lean-To Tarp Shelter
To create this shelter, tie paracord to two anchor points. Secure the tarp to the ground on the windward side. This type of shelter is great for deflecting the wind or providing sunshade.

• Tube Tent Tarp Shelter
This shelter is similar to the A-Frame tarp shelter, but the opposite ends of the tarp are secured together to provide a floor. To make it, secure the paracord between two trees and drape over the tarp. This is a sturdy shelter that can prevent rain from seeping in.

• Square Arch Tarp Shelter
Attach two paracord lengths to anchor points that are three feet apart and three feet high. Drape the tarp over the two lengths of paracord. Secure the long ends of the tarp with stakes.

• Bivy Bag Cornet Shelter
This is a simple classic that only takes a few minutes. Tie a rope / paracord around a tree at four to five feet. Hammer in a stake to the ground at the other end. Drape the tarp over the rope from opposite corners, making a diagonal line. Then pull out the corners and stake them down.

• C-Fly Wedge Shelter
Lay the tarp on the ground and secure it at the long side edge with two to four pegs. Use loop cords for the bottom fold. You can also use an extra rope to pull the fold out. Tie a rope line between two trees to use as a ridge, then fold the tarp it. Tie / stake down the overhanging edge to secure it.

Note that cheap tarps tend to deteriorate quickly under UV light exposure, not very eco-friendly! Keep them in the shade when not in use.

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VIDEO: Basic Wilderness Survival Kit And Contents

Basic Wilderness Survival Kit and ContentsVIDEO: Basic Wilderness Survival Kit And Contents
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When it comes to choosing a set of essential items for the wilderness, it can get a bit overwhelming because you have to be prepared for whatever may happen, and the possibilities are endless.

Many people will attempt to bring more than what is actually needed – however you also have to consider just how much you will want to be weighed down. An 80-pound pack could be a survival risk in and of itself… that’s why it’s important to increase your knowledge – and bring items that can do more than one function, such as 550 Paracord – which has innumerable uses.

This video by Ryan JCus will give you a great guided tour of some of the basic essentials that can be used in the wilderness.

There are different kinds of survival kits that will cater to different situations. I found another link that will show you other versions of survival kits that are quite interesting.

Related: 20 Wilderness Survival Tips and Bushcraft Skills

One tip that I can give you is to do your research first so that you can anticipate the kind of items that you will be using. It’s a must (if possible) to study the area before attempting to trek it. Familiarize yourself with the flora and fauna. These will help you determine the kind of items that you need to have so that you can use them for all of your survival needs.

Basic medical supplies are also of utmost importance, but shouldn’t take up a lot of space. Always keep supplies of essential medicines, plus be sure to have some antiseptics in your first aid kit. Keep them in small containers so they won’t take up too much space.

Okay, here is the video:

Video: Surviving In A Freezing Winter Forest

Video - Surviving In A Freezing Winter ForestVideo: Surviving In A Freezing Winter Forest
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When it comes to survival, your exact skill-set will depend to a certain extent on your location. If you’re planning to go camping in a freezing winter forest, your priorities are of course going to be different from those of other environments. In an area where temperatures are below freezing, your primary goal is to keep warm because one of the greatest risks is hypothermia.

This survival video by undercurrentspaulo will show you a few essential survival tips that you need to learn in order to keep yourself safe and warm in the winter forest.

To increase your odds of survival in the wild, as well as making it easier for rescuers to locate you, here are some tips:

1. Do your research. Winter forests can be very scary, so you need to know what kinds of flora and fauna thrive in the area. In the video, the forest is dotted with spruce trees, which can be a good source of fire and warm shelter. The bottom part of the trees are often dry even when the general area is wet. You can tell that the branch is dry when it is brittle and easily snaps.

Related: Winter Camping: The Long Fire

2. When you feel that you’re getting lost, always remember this acronym: STOP

S-Sit Down
O-Observe your surroundings
P-Prepare for survival by gathering materials

3. Before heading to your destination, you have to tell someone where you’re going and (importantly) when you plan to return. It’s also a good idea to “check in” with your contacts to let them know if you are safe. If you have an agreed schedule of checking in, then they can know that something is up even when you are unable to tell them. Some people make the mistake of going to the wilderness to do some soul-searching and then end up being the soul who needs to be searched!

4. Establish a “point zero” by marking the area with a makeshift flag or post so that when you scout around the area for supplies, you won’t stray too far away from where you are. While you’re scouting, take note of any significant landmarks so that you’ll know your way back.

5. Keep your survival essentials in a waterproof container. Your kit should contain materials to make fire, so it’s important that they are dry.

6. Familiarize yourself with different distress signals. Distress signals are important if you want rescuers to locate you. You can check out this link to find out more about them:

Okay, here is the video: