Outdoor Survival: Overnight Survival

Clipart tent, with stary grey background and moon in background, the ground is black, with a campfire in front, and a simple A-Frame tent pitched in the center of the circle image.

Camping Tent, with Fire

As I have been reading through the Patriots book, I have been thinking about bugging out, and overnight survival. While I don’t really ever see a reason for me to “bug-out” as it were, I think that there might be legitimate reasons to know how to survive overnight outdoors, in the cold.

I started doing some searches for different survival methods when you are traveling by foot.

One such article is by a website called Backpacking Technology, where they detail how to build a debris hutt for overnight survival. The concept of building a debris hutt seems like a great idea, especially if you are going to be stuck in the same place for quite a while, and need to be able to take shelter from the elements, cold weather.

If you are lucky enough to have a tarp or even a scrap piece of plastic bag, while bugging out on, there are many different shelters that you can back, detailed by Its Tactical, a simple A-Frame tent made out of plastic bags or tarp may be effective.

Another great shelter that you could make is a shelter that is one-sided to prevent wind or rain from hitting you too much, this type of shelter would be called a lean-to. A website that has a great instructional on how to make a lean to is Camping Field Guide.

If you do foresee a need to bug out, give close attention to how you are going to shelter yourself while you are bugging out to your retreat location, or if you are planning to live in the “wilderness” for a extended period of time.


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  1. Ed

    First, I commend you for at least considering OPTIONS, but I would be concerned for your survial over any contracted period of time. To me if you only had to spend a night or a week in survival mode, that’s really not a survival situation, it’s and inconvience. It’s like not having electricity, gas and plumbing for a week, that’s not a life threatening situation, it is and inconvience.

    There are a few things you MUST get a handle on if you are thinking of survival. FOOD IS NOT THE FIRST! Depending on conditions it is either WATER or SHELTER. Dehydration can kill you in three days, hypothermia can kill you in hours. So basically it is Shelter, water, sanitation and food. More or less in that order.

    Shelter can start with your clothing. If you are in a colder climate, start with as many layers of clothing as you can realistically wear. If it’s so much that you look like an overstuffed mummy that’s a little much, you need to be able to function also. Strip down as you get warm (DON’T SWET), KEEP DRY, ad when you are cold, strip when you are hot.

    Use anything you can to keep the wind away from you, stay of the damp ground. Carboard, old newspapers, leaves, anything between you and the ground. LEARN HOW TO MAKE A FIRE AND PRACTICE DOING IT!. Just because you could start a fire on that nice afternoon when you were becoming the survivalist doesn’t mean you have master it, what about in the rain, in the snow, when it’s windy, these are the times when you REALLY NEED a fire.

    Learn how to get water. Read everything you can on methods of obtaining and purifying water. There is absolutely no reason to go without water, you just need to learn where it is and how to get it.

    Many people are surprised when I put sanitation ahead of food. If you get dysintary in a survivial situation you are more than likely DEAD! It’s real easy, learn to dig a slit trench, a good ways from your campsite, use it for any thing that will rot! Keep your loose dirt from the trench on one side and put a little on each addition of waste. (There is a handy way to use your toilet at home with out water, but I don’t have the time to get into here, catch me by email or just respond to the post.) Sanitation will kill more people in a disaster than most anything else.

    Yes, you need to eat. Plan ahead a little, rice, beans, corn, salt, they are called STAPELS because they will keep you alive. I’m a Viet Vet, the VC could go for weeks with just a small bag of rice, not fun but it can be done.

    Hey keep checking things out, but LEARN THE BASICS. It doesn’t have to be fancy to keep you alive , but you do have to know how to accomplish the basics.

    1. Nate

      Thank-You for your service to this great country.

      I totally agree that Sanitation is a big deal, with no running water available, there is a whole plethora of issues that can pop-up. The idea of this blog post was to aggregate some information that I came across today that I found interesting.

      I had heard The Patriot Nurse say that the population and occurance of lice on people will explode in a grid down situation. I had never even thought about this until I heard her say that in one of her videos.

      Personally, though, I cant see why anyone would want to ‘bug-out’ to the ‘hills’ or the ‘woods’ and utilize shelters like the ones that I posted up here. I think the idea is over romanticized in the minds of new prepeprs \ survivalists. Having a plan in place in case of a large scale disaster or issue

      Thanks for the Comment!

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