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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.

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10 tips for warm sleeping in cold weather camping

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Nothing is more miserable that a night spent shivering from the cold or where you just can’t stay comfortably warm. Here are 10 tips for staying warm and getting a good night’s sleep.

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snow trench tarp shelter

Learn these eight tarp and equipment tips for emergency snow shelter camping

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A tarp shelter can provide very comfortable sleeping quarters in deep snow. Here’s some gear tips to help you build that shelter.

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Include an insulated pad for sitting upon, because the plastic bag doesn't have any insulation. (Photo copyright 2013 Peter Kummerfeldt)

Six survival uses for plastic bags

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I carry a variety of plastic bags in all my survival kits. They can be worth their weight in gold during an emergency.

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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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rainy forest

How to cope with the precipitation: Ten tips for comfortable camping in the rain

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There is nothing like rain to make you appreciate sunshine! After decades of backpacking and scouting, I have learned some ways to cope with rainy weather while camping.

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This tree well shelter was made quickly by Phil Brummett

How to turn a tree well into an emergency snow shelter in only ten minutes

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Every year we hear of skiers who get lost overnight or snowmobiles breaking down in the back country, and others who go missing. Make a life saving, emergency snow shelter in under 10 minutes with the equipment on your back, and make sure you get found.

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tarp and tent at Cultus Lake

10 things to take camping you didn’t know you needed

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Have you checked off everything on your camping list? You probably need these things, too.

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Video: How to make an emergency A-frame tarp shelter

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It is virtually impossible to make an emergency waterproof shelter out of natural materials, even if you have the time, tools and practice! In many instances, the A-Frame tarp shelter may be the best choice!

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