How To Build A Shelter


How To Build A Shelter Having shelter is the first concern next to keeping warm when in the elements.  Being able to remove yourself from the elements of mother nature is important.  Whether you are using a man-made form of shelter or utilizing materials from mother nature herself in your surroundings, but building a shelter is a must!

Our Mountain Man is a pro and he has instilled in us, to learn how to build varying shelters and learning how to use everything you can in your surroundings to stay safe, dry and warm.  We actually find this to be a fun, family adventure that we try to do pretty regularly and that is venturing out and just for fun building ourselves a new form of a shelter.

We have used fallen trees, hollowed out trees, tarps, tree limbs, tree bows, mud, paracord and tarps and pretty much you name it, we have enjoyed utilizing it.

Remember when building a shelter in a survival situation you want to take extreme care not to over exert yourself too much to burn unnecessary calories and you want to be careful not to sweat.  This may require you to remove extra layers in the winter months to avoid sweat because once you sweat you take great risk in getting the chills and lowering your core temperature and then hypothermia will set in.

To help you understand the process of building a shelter I am going to share with you several videos below that demonstrate the types of shelters we have built.

Building a Shelter in the Snow

Night in the snow – Part 1:

Night in the Snow Part 2:

Building a Shelter with a Tarp

Building a Shelter with a Tarp – Part 1:

Building a Shelter with a Tarp – Part 2:

An Outing Where We All Used Our Creativity A Little Differently

An Early Spring Night Out In The Wilderness:

Here Is An Example of a Hunting Trip Gone Bad

Hunting Trip Gone Bad Part 1:–m3xyARd4

Hunting Trip Gone Bad Part 2:

This Fall we will be doing a lot more and I hope this was of some help to you in how you can use your surroundings to create very warm and dry shelters to get you by in both short term and long term situations.  For the long term situations we will be continuing our Yarns of the Cabin series this fall as well which will show you how to easily build yourself a long term shelter with out many tools or skills.

For you ladies especially, I will be doing a Shelter Building Survival Series this fall so be sure to subscribe to our newsletter here:, so you are the first to know about it….

Please join us on YouTube at our TrayerWilderness Channel.

I’d love to know if this post was helpful to you and how many of you are interested in our Shelter Building Survival Series?


Thanks for joining the Prepared Bloggers as we work our way through 30 Days of Preparedness. September is National Preparedness Month so you will find everything you need to get your preparedness knowledge and skills into shape.

Take one post each day, learn as much as you can about the topic and make it a part of your preparedness plan.

Day 1 – Ready, Set, Get Prepared! Welcome to 30 Days of Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 2 – The Family Meeting Place and Escape from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 3 – I’m Safe! How to Communicate with Family in an Emergency from PreparednessMama
Day 4 – Does Your Family Have a Fire Escape Plan? from Home Ready Home
Day 5 – Preparedness For Pets from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 6 – The Escape Exercise from Laughingbear Adventures
Day 7 – It all Falls Apart Without Mental Preparedness from PreparednessMama
Day 8 – It’s a Matter of Emergency Kits from A Matter of Preparedness
Day 9 – Nine Great Emergency Light Sources Other Than Flashlights from Food Storage & Survival
Day 10 – Cooking Without Power from Mama Kautz
Day 11 – The Importance of a Shelter & Staying Warm and Dry from Trayer Wilderness
Day 12 – The Importance of Having The Right Tools In Your Pack from Trayer Wilderness
Day 13 – Practice Living Without Electricity from Food Storage Made Easy
Day 14 – How We Choose The Right Gear – (including the MultiFlame Tool) from Trayer Wilderness
Day 15 – Water Storage & Purification from The Busy B Homemaker
Day 16 – Food and Water for a 72 Hour “Go Bag” from Homestead Dreamer
Day 17 – 8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How from Melissa K Norris
Day 18 – Planning Your Pantry from The Organic Prepper
Day 19 – Stocking Up on Non-Food Items from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 20 – Dutch Oven Cooking: Off-Grid Before Off-Grid Was Cool from The Backyard Pioneer
Day 21 – Pressure Canning the Harvest from Timber Creek Farm
Day 22 – Personal Protection & Awareness from Living in Rural Iowa
Day 23 – KISS First Aid from Herbal Prepper
Day 24 – Mommy, I have to go Potty! from Mom With a Prep
Day 25 – Fire Starting 101: The Why and How of Lighting a Fire for Survival from Food Storage & Survival
Day 26 – How to Filter and Purify Water from Prepared Housewives
Day 27 – How To Make A Shelter from Trayer Wilderness
Day 28 – Put Your Preps to the Test with 24 Hours Unplugged from The Organic Prepper
Day 29 – What Is Char and Why You Should Have It To Start A Fire from Trayer Wilderness
Day 30 – How To Utilize Bushcraft Skills and Forage From The Wild from Trayer Wilderness

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