Category Archives: Shelter

How to Choose a Good Campsite As a Bug Out Location

It seems that these days the internet is filled with articles about bugging out. It sounds like many of you have decided that this is a better cause of action than bugging in. That very well may be the best choice for you. The question remains, though, if you are planning on bugging out, even as a last resort, where are you bugging out to? Do you have a bug out location that is stocked and ready or are you going to be one of many looking for a semi-permanent campsite?

If you are among the group that will be looking for a campsite, here are some suggestions that may help you.…

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9 Reasons Why a Garbage Bag is the Best Emergency Shelter

If the SHTF, I can think of a lot of emergency shelters I’d rather be in than a trash bag. Maybe an underground bunker, fully stocked with weapons and food, with a wifi network. Oh, and my big, comfy recliner. That would be really nice. But of course, you can’t pick and choose these things.

In an emergency situation, a trash bag (namely the big, black ones my family uses for stuffing with raked leaves) can be an invaluable shelter to protect you from the elements. Let me tell you 9 reasons why a garbage bag is the best emergency shelter you can get in a pinch.…

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14 Things to Consider If You Choose to Bug In When SHTF

Bug In When SHTF (1)I believe that for many of us sheltering in place, or bugging, in will be the best choice if everything hits the fan, such as a major pandemic as depicted in this book. The only way I will leave my property is when it becomes more dangerous to stay than to leave. Becoming a refugee isn’t an attractive option.

Now, that doesn’t mean that I won’t have a plan B for leaving, but if possible, I plan on bugging in. I know this area well, I have family and friends close by that will help, and it would be hard to duplicate what I have here in a second location.…

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Emergency Homeless Shelters and Other Hacks built by Paul Elkins

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He used recycled fluted plastic signs, old plywood and a bicycle to build this shelter.

About 5 years ago, I wrote an article on homeless shelters developed by an inventor named Paul Elkins.  His emergency homeless shelters can be built for about $100.00 and will keep you warm and dry.  Now I had rather forgotten about him until I ran across information on a small camper he has built to tow behind his bike.  He has been traveling all over the country in it.

He spends his time building all kinds of inventions many of which could be useful to preppers. …

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22 Uses for Plastic Trash Bags for Preppers

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    Staying dry in a trash bag, I carry black in my packs

    Plastic trash bags can make good emergency rain gear. Simply tear a hole in the bottom for your head to stick out and two holes in the side for your arms.  If you have duct tape you can use it to reinforce the bags around the holes.

  2. If you have to build a lean to shelter trash bags can provide waterproofing for the roof.
  3. You can make improvised foot wear out of plastic trash bags. Step into the trash bag with your stocking feet and then put your shoes on. 
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Waterproofing for Tents, Clothing and Shoes, Making Your Own

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The right 1/2 of this cap has been waterproofed

For many years, oilcloth was used for waterproofing clothes, tents and even for covering pioneers wagons.  You can still buy oilcloth clothing and some members of my family wear it and love it for rainy weather.  Oilcloth, also known as enameled cloth or (in England) American cloth, was close-woven cotton duck or linen cloth (canvas) with a coating of boiled linseed oil.  It was one of very few flexible, waterproof materials that were widely available.  Oilcloth was used as an outer waterproof layer for clothing, luggage and many other uses.

Now recently I have been looking into how to make your own waterproofing materials. …

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Tornado Shelters, Why you May Want to Consider Getting One

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Here is a underground tornado shelter being installed

I have been doing some research on tornado shelters (storm cellars) and their availability and cost.  Since we don’t get many tornados in the area where I live, they have been off my radar until now.  Now that I have looked at them, I am impressed with what I found available.  There are many reputable companies that are manufacturing and selling them.  They came in all sizes and shapes and are readily available in many areas of the country.

They are available in both aboveground and underground designs.  Personally, I would prefer an underground one. …

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Choosing A Good Sleeping Bag for After TEOTWAWKI

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U.S. Army sleep system

These last few days I have being giving some thoughts to sleeping bags.  Now whether you bug in or bug out, a sleeping bag can be your best friend in winter.  If you are stuck in a cold home with little heat or have to bug out in the winter, you will want to sleep as warm and comfortable as possible.

Now there are a few things that you need to take into consideration when choosing a sleeping bag.  First, what type of winter weather are you dealing with?  In my area if I go 20 miles downhill to the west, the temperatures will be relatively moderate, rarely going below freezing, but with rain and lots of people. …

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What Do You Need to Live in a Tent for a Long Period of Time

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A 16 x 16 foot military tent

Lately I have been thinking about what it would be like to live in a tent for a substantial period of time.  This came about as the result of a discussion on what type of tent would be best.  The conclusion that I have came to is that I don’t really know what would be the best brand. When I was at the Expo in Utah last week, I saw several and they were not cheap.

After looking at them, I came to some conclusions on what I want in a tent. Out of the ones that I saw, I liked the new 16×16 military tent.…

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Building Field Expedient Shelters to Keep You Dry

 Field expedient shelters

A shelter made from a poncho, keep it low to the ground.

With all the recent rain we have been having, I have been thinking about field expedient shelters.  Now I am familiar with many of the improvised shelters made with natural materials.  But to tell you the truth I have never had much success at making a shelter out of brush, grass etc that would keep out a heavy rain.  The best solution is to have something with you that you can use as a rain cover.

This could be a sheet of plastic, a poncho, tarp or many other things. …

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