Your bodies temperature is 98.6 degrees F. When your temperature goes higher or lower than that temperature. We start to have issues. Disease and illness can cause this change in temperature. And the climate outside your body can change your temperature. The chilling winds of winter can cause your temperature to start to drop and if you haven’t taken the proper per cautions to protect yourself from the cold. It could result in tragedy.
If you’re going to be making your own shelter, there is a set of criteria the shelter should cover so it does its job and keep you from freezing to death. And of course, you’re going to need specific materials to craft your winter refugee.
A winter shelter is essential to have if you’re going to be camping or in any survival situation. The lower temperatures can cause a dangerous scenario if not approached with safety and precaution.
How Do You Build A Shelter In The Snow
Anything is possible.
You can build a shelter just about anywhere with the right mindset. It helps a lot having the right tools, yes indeed. But you can also find resources to make your own tools out in the wild if you don’t have any tools at all. When it comes to building a shelter in the snow. You can use the snow itself to help build your shelter. We’re going to cover what makes an effective shelter below.
Winter Shelter Basics
There are different kinds of survival shelters, but they should all meet the following criteria.
- Provides Protection.
- Retain Heat
Let’s start going over the basics.
The core essential to any shelter is to provide protection. When it comes to surviving in winter climates. The primary concern is protection from the sheer frigid temperature and winds. We can get this protection by choosing the right materials and using the right techniques to keep warm. Your shelter should protect you from reasonable natural elements like rain and other threats like insects.
Your winter shelter should provide heat retention.
Rule of thumb: a smaller shelter is easier to keep warm.
Also, keep that in mind when building your shelter. Less is more in this case.
Heat is your resource that’s scarce. So retaining as much of what heat is available to you is crucial.
Insulate your shelter as best as you can to help with this. Adding an additional layer over the frame of your shelter is a good option. Ideally a later of either trash bags or a tarp.
When building your shelter. Stability and durability is key. Houses don’t collapse because they are built with a proper frame that is robust, secure and strong. Without this frame, it won’t matter how big or beautiful the house becomes. It will be as if it has a ticking Doomsday clock.
Make sure your shelter will be strong enough to withstand reasonable resistance. Depending on how windy it is and the location where your building is your indicator on just how strong it needs to be.
Always remember about Ventilation in any shelter you build or stay in. Without fresh air being circulated in your environment, carbon dioxide builds up and becomes deadly poisonous to people. Two holes are needed for proper ventilation. One won’t do.
5 Essentials For Winter Shelters
After your shelter meets the basics, which provide the majority of the purpose for a shelter. You want to get the basics down and build them as best you can. After that, we can start to look at ways to upgrade and provide additional protection for you.
We’re talking about real estate here. It’s a shelter, an establishment on land. Even if it’s a temporary structure, it’s still real estate. And one of the main things to be aware of with real estate is location.
Location, Location, Location
We want to choose wisely where we pick to build our winter refugee. Just like any other real estate, it is land that you’re going to have property on. And in real estate, location is number one. It’s one of the most crucial factors in determining every other aspect of your real estate. So chose your shelter location to build your shelter with the attention, care, and safety precautions it deserves.
These Mylar Emergency Blankets are great because they reflect up to 90% of your body heat back to you.
The ability to make a fire in a snowy winter scenario is more difficult than in a spring or fall day with 80-degree weather. And it’s even more important to be able to make a fire in winter environments for warmth.
Thankfully to provide insulation to your shelter. You don’t need any materials other than the natural material all around you that is also making you colder.
Turn your enemy into your ally. Use the snow around you to create a thermal barrier to the walls of the shelter.
If you’re going to be staying outside in the Winter times, having shelter is a must. Don’t play with the risks of the cold.
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