Types of Shelters for Survival


Your top priority is having a shelter if in a survival emergency.  Depending on the situation or location you are in your shelter changes.  So below we have a few shelters you can use for survival.

Squirrel Nest

The Squirrel Nest shelter is the easiest type of shelters. All you have to do is gather a pile o leaves. Gather a huge dry pile of leaves and dig yourself a trough in the middle, lie down, and then pull the leaves over you.

Debris Hut

The Debris Hut shelter provides a quick sleeping shelter for one to two people. Get and cut a strong, straight branch at least 3 meters long for the ridgepole. One end goes on the ground while the other is supported by a pair of sturdy sticks set into the ground and crossed and tied near the top.

Cut a bunch of sticks at leave 1″ in diameter, and place them diagonally against both sides of the ridgepole, spacing them about 2″ apart. It is not necessary to tie them in place.

Now lay down inside and make sure it covers your entire body, with enough height for toes and at least 3″ extra width on  each side of your shoulders.

You can take a tarp or poncho and place it over the ridgepole .  If you do not have a tarp or poncho, or would like more insulation then begin piling leaves over the sticks (or poncho)  and don’t stop until the pile is ridiculously high. The leaves will settle quickly, and the thicker the covering remains, the better it will protect you from rain and heat loss.


Shade Shelter

The Shade Shelter is primarily for those in desert environments but can also be adapted for colder weather locations as well. Its ideal for hot and arid climates.  Create a shade shelter by cutting three long poles and last them not too tightly at least 1″ down from one end. Stand the assembly upright, then spread the legs into a tripod.

Take more long poles and align them between two of the poles, resting their tops in the crotch of the main poles at the top.

For protection from the sun from two directions, fill in two sides of the pyramid.


Lean- To Shelters are widely popular and well-known wilderness and survival emergency shelters.   Are made of a flat slanted roof and, usually, two or more stout poles that serve as rafters. You can cover your lean-to by using two large slabs of bark which are pulled off  rotten trees, and these make your roofing material.

Lay a curse across the bottom, then work your way up, overlapping each course like shingling a house.

Pile several feet of leaves over closely spaced roof poles and hold them in place with light branches, as for a debris hut.

The roof must be pitched steeply, at least 45 degree angle, if thatching is to be used.