You never know when you’re going to be put into a survival situation. It’s for this reason that you’re always going to want to be prepared. Never go into the wilderness without the ability to take care of yourself. A survival situation can pop up at any moment. That means you’re not going to be able to run to the outdoor shop to buy a tent. You’re going to need to have the materials on hand to make a tent. It can mean the difference of life and death.
The best thing to make a tent out of is canvass. The problem is, most people don’t walk around with a roll of canvass on them. It’s also heavy and quite expensive. It’s for this reason why you should make your tent out of plastic. You can use a plastic tarp or any kind of plastic that you can get that’s big enough to make a tent out of. It’s important that you realize this is for emergency shelter. Don’t expect your DIY tent to be like spending a night in the Hilton. It’s not going to be.
You’re going to need string and something to poke holes into the plastic. These holes will be where you put in stakes. You’ll have to make stakes out of small trees or branches. You’ll make a several holes in the plastic. You’ll tie the string in the hole and then to the stake. Then put the stake in the ground. You do this so the tent doesn’t blow away in the wind. You’ll also need a few trees or limbs that are bigger than your stakes. These are the poles that will give your tent shape. Form your tent and then put the stakes into the ground.
Now you have to think about fire. You’re going to need something to keep you warm if it’s winter. Obviously you’re not going to want to start a fire near the plastic of your tent. What you’re going to want to do is start a fire near the opening of your tent. You’ll want to sleep as close to the opening as possible. You may even try to find some small rocks to put in the fire. You can take these rocks inside the tent with you to stay warm. Have several rocks that you can exchange when the rocks you have get cold.
Let’s be clear about something. This isn’t a tent that you will live in. This is for survival purposes only especially if it’s in the wintertime. All you’re trying to do is last through the night. Hopefully by the morning you can walk to safety or maybe someone will come by. It’s not too uncommon for hikers or hunters to be in the wilderness. Never be afraid to ask for help from a stranger in a survival situation. Getting help can mean the difference between life and death. You’ve always got to be prepared for when a survival situation may appear. It’s for this reason why you’re always going to want to have a basic survival kit and other necessities when out in the wilderness.