Staying alive in the wild you must learn emergency shelter building. The Debris Hut is an example of a survival shelter that can be built without saw or ax. All that is needed is an abundance of debris at your shelter location. Make sure the spot you choose for your debris hut is plentiful in leaf litter. The lack of leaf debris will make this shelter useless in wet and wintry conditions. Emergency survival shelter training will prepare you.
Some shelters can be built using no tools. These are important survival skills to learn.
During freezing conditions when enough snow is available the snow cave will save your life. Especially if you need shelter above timberline. On the ridge of a mountain for example. The best way to dig a snow cave is with a snow shovel. But, if you don't have a snow shovel, you can use emergency snowshoes, tent poles, or your hands to dig.
Emergency Lean-To Survival Shelters
Lean-to shelters use large amounts of firewood during bitter cold weather. Failure to build a warming fire heated lean-to shelter correctly will make for an uncomfortable night.
Lean-to shelters use the radiant heat of a warming fire to heat the shelter. Thus the wall or back of the shelter must be right up and close to the body to be efficient. The wetter the conditions the steeper the back wall.
Most people build this type of shelter wrong and never stay warm. Even with a fire.
- How much firewood do you need? A good rule of thumb is to estimate the amount firewood you will use, then double or triple that amount. You don't want to run out of wood to burn when it dark and cold.
Shelters built-in low areas along rivers and streams may flood. Standing dead trees, stinging insects, and poisonous plants all pose a risk to the unwary. So, a good shelter in a poor location is still a poor shelter. Survival skills teach you this.
Staying alive in the wild
Most of all, staying alive in the wild is due to your ability to apply experience to the conditions at hand. A 'never give up' attitude and your ability to think positive in your new reality will make you a survivor. Hence, survival skills and survival training can help you make it out alive.