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Learn how to use the environment you are in to make a survival shelter, whether in the wilderness during the rainy season or in deep snow. Staying dry is the key to survival.

A 55-gallon trash bag can make a quick, effective emergency shelter.

Video: Make a trash bag shelter part of your survival kit

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No piece of survival equipment is worth anything if you don’t have it with you! A trash bag shelter is compact, lightweight and convenient to carry. Consider including one in your survival kit!

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Gear you don’t need: Dump the mylar blankets from your survival kit

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Do you carry a mylar blanket as an emergency shelter item? If so, here’s why you should get rid of it.

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elk mountain tent, wall tents

Review: Elk Mountain Tent may be best choice for long-term, harsh weather camping

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Canvas wall tents have been a shelter standby since the Middle Ages. Today, a wall tent may still be the best choice for a survival/preparedness long-term shelter. Here is a good one to consider.

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A wall tent may be the best choice for extended periods of camping or survival.

How to choose a canvas wall tent for hunting, camping or long term survival

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A wall tent could be a long term emergency shelter or a hunter’s home in a remote location. Thinking about getting one? Here’s what you need to know before investing.

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This tent is designed for winter camping, and cold temperatures.

Choose the best four-season backpacking tent for winter camping

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How do you choose a four-season backpacking tent? Well, the right tent for you for winter camping may take some looking, so get started now. Here are some considerations and suggestions.

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tarp grommets, tarps shelters, emergency shelters

Video: How to keep your tarp corner grommets from tearing out

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A tarp camper can get in a situation where the wind blows hard enough to rip out the corner grommets. Here’s a rope trick to stop that from happening.

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Set up a new tent in your backyard before taking it camping.

10 things to consider before buying a tent

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Thinking about investing in a new tent for camping season? Here are some things to consider.

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How to improvise a tarp fastening when there are no grommets

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Suppose all you have to make a survival shelter from is a piece of visqueen or Tyvek. There are no grommets – how will you tie down a corner?

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survival tarp shelter, cheap tarps, best tarp shelters

How to choose the best tarp for survival shelters

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Tarps can be really valuable survival tools. But what if your budget is limited and you need several that will do the job? Here are some tarp materials that have worked for me.

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a frame, tarp shelter. tarps, tarp shelter

12 tips for finding a safe campsite

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Setting up for the night, or making an emergency camp in the wilderness? Here are some things to think about before you camp anywhere.

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