Bug out bags (BOB) are important for everyone. They’re more important for backpackers and other people who love to camp in the great outdoors. It holds all the bare necessities and allows us to enjoy nature at its finest.
Such a bug out bag should preferably be portable, light and small. There are some light and cheap shelter ideas for your bug out bags to make it easier to carry along.
Why Do You Need A Shelter?
Shelters keep you safe from the wind, wild animals, and even the cold weather. It’s a makeshift home that offers comfort while you’re outdoors.
As humans, we need to protect our skin from the wind and as well maintain our temperature at all times to help fight off disease and infection.
Here is where a shelter comes in, although not too comfortable, it will keep you safe. It should be light and not too expensive. Consider the following tip on shelter for a bug out bag.
1. Contractor Grade Garbage Bags.
These bags are big, thick, cheap, light, durable, they can be arranged in a very small space, and can be used in several ways.
Since the ground can easily get wet and bring about cold, such garbage bags can be used specifically for covering the ground. This will help to prevent the cold moisture from the ground from getting to you. If you live in an area where dry leaves can be gotten easily, or even dry grasses, you can gather some and fill the garbage bag with it. This will help insulate you from the cold ground and serve as soft padding to make you feel comfortable.
This garbage bag can also be used to cover and make sleeping items waterproof for your convenience.
2. Bivy Sacks
The bivy sack is usually small and light. It is a waterproof sack designed to be attached to a bug out bag. It can be used instead of a tent and can prevent an individual from getting wet. This sack is very portable, light, and incredibly small. This can be purchased easily online and be kept for use in your bug out bag. Some of such bivy sacks are made with thermal bivy from polyester film materials that help keep your body warm and dry. Some of these sacks could be expensive, but if you consider its benefits, it’s worth it.
Tarps come in different sizes, small ones are cheap, durable, light and keep you dry. They can be folded in such a way that they take very small spaces in your bug out bag. It can be tied in a certain way to help stop the rain from getting to you. Tarps will help conceal you comfortably from the rain and other weather conditions.