You know that the most basic need of survival is maintaining your core body temperature. So for that you need to have some sort of shelter. It is always good to have a tarp in your pack since that will serve as a sort of foundation for you to build an emergency survival shelter But even if you don’t have a tarp, using leaves and branches, or snow will help you get out of the elements and protect your body temperature.
For more information and ideas of how to build an emergency shelter in the woods under survival situations, here is an excellent article. The key is to build a small shelter, a sleeping bag sort of protection. Using the materials from nature and found in the wilderness, you can be both warm and dry.
One of the items in our kit that will be an invaluable resource to you in a cold environment is the Eureka sleeping bag. This bag is rated down to 0 degrees F which means you should be able to stay comfortable in it even if the temp is zero outside. While this is slick marketing on the part of the sleeping bag companies, you should note that not all bodies are the same. I have actually used this bag in weather, but nothing near 0 degrees, yet.
Telling people about sleeping bags on camera is not real exciting I must admit, so I try to add a little humor. All sleeping bags are mostly the same, right? This is true, but please take the time to watch the video, because I try to point out the things that I particularly like about this bag. The things I am pointing out are the things that I have discovered over 40 years of sleeping outside…….alot, will prove to be beneficial to you about this bag.
I cannot say enough about what seem like small things, but are actually big things. A strong zipper, a hood that will cinch around you, a headliner that wicks moisture, etc. These seemingly insignificant features make this bag one that you can use and practice with for a very long while. I have two of them now and we love them.
Until next time, I hope to see you on, or off, the trail!