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Nine Natural Bug-Out Shelters To Keep An Eye Out For

Nine Natural Bug-Out Shelters To Keep An Eye Out For

Bugging-in seems to be the preferable survival response in most situations. Staying home provides you with access to a greater number of survival tools and tactics than bugging-out and is simply safer. But no matter how well you have planned to bug-in, there may be certain circumstances under which you are forced to bug-out and it is therefore highly advisable to have a backup plan in place, and be able to find appropriate Bug-Out Shelters.

Of course the key part of any bug-out plan is to have a survival kit or bag packed and ready at all times. Without a prepared bug-out bag, your chance of survival drops significantly. Even the most prepared survival experts may find themselves in the position where they simply cannot carry everything that they need and will have to leave some equipment behind. Most often, it’s the largest and heaviest equipment that is cut out.

However, it is best to consider which equipment is not absolutely necessary before leaving it behind. For example, a tent which is more of a luxury in a survival situation. There are plenty of natural shelters available if you know what to look for. The top 9 natural shelters to keep an eye out for include:

1. Caves

A cave is possibly the first choice natural shelter. It offers the greatest protection from the elements and is an ideal hiding spot. There is one noteworthy pitfall to choosing a cave as a natural shelter – it is probably already occupied. Always check the cave and surrounding area carefully for signs of a current inhabitant.

2. Undercut Banks

An undercut bank will provide you with protection in wet weather and some protection from wind. Using your surrounding environment to create extra protection can make an undercut bank quite comfortable as a temporary shelter with minimal effort.

3. Pine Trees

The tips of the lowest branches of pine trees often touch the ground. Nearer the trunk, there is more space, making this the ideal spot for a comfortable shelter. You may however need to remove some dead branches and other detritus before settling in. It will keep you totally hidden and protected from the weather and if you take care, you can even make a small fire under the protection of the overhanging branches.

4. Deadfalls

Fallen trees can be used to shelter you in a variety of ways. The root system can form the wall for one side of your shelter and branches from the tree can be cut off to provide greater protection (in the same way as the hanging branches from a pine tree described above). Alternatively, a deadfall tree that has landed on a rock or other other tree will provide space underneath the actual trunk that can be used as a shelter.

5. Natural Rock Formations

The same elements that you are seeking protection from, have over millennia, created rock formations in the form of overhangs, niches and other configurations that provide different types of shelters. The addition of a tarpaulin, wind break or other cover can make these formations ideal sheltering and defensive positions.

6. Animal Dens

Animal dens may not always be the ideal shelter, but often are better than no shelter at all. Most of these dens are found in the underbrush, provide limited protection and may be a bit small. Always make sure that the den has been abandoned before using it. Most dens that are easy to find have been left by their owners in search of new habitation.

7. Tree Hollows

Tree hollows provide almost the same level of protection as a cave structure, even if the space is a bit more cramped. In fact old or dead trees are ideal to quickly carve out a hollow to offer a measure of protection against the elements. Simply cover up the entrance and you have the ideal shelter.

8. Trees

If you are simply unable to detect any of the above mentioned natural shelters, taking shelter under a tree is better than nothing at all. Even if you are sleeping in a tent, making your camp under a tree will keep you drier and better protected than camping out in the open. Look for trees that have dense foliage and low branches where you can hang a tarp for additional protection.

9. Man-made Shelters

You may be surprised by the sheer volume of man-made materials and structures that you come across in the wild. While these are not natural shelters, they are ideal to use for protection or even to build a temporary structure. Mine shafts, abandoned buildings, old cars or simply a wall can provide anything from minimal to ideal protection. Garbage and refuse found in the wild can be used to create a shelter or fortify a naturally occurring shelter.

Even if you have the capacity to take a tent or other form of shelter with you, it is a good idea to keep an eye out for natural shelters. These can often provide more protection and comfort than a tent and can save you the time, effort and energy involved with making a camp. In addition, they are ideal as a starting point to build a more permanent structure or habitation.

Caves and rock formations are one of the oldest shelters used by mankind and the best setup for creating a long term structure. Evidence of ancient dwellings in caves, along cliff faces and rock outcroppings are widely found across the Southwest of the U.S. – the Mesa Verde in Colorado is the most famous of these. Following the example of these early dwellers is perhaps the greatest means of ensuring your own survival in the wild when you need to bug-out.


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