Summary: The need to build a shelter for your own self becomes an essential need when an individual is lost in the woods and finds himself in the middle of nowhere. Staying warm and safe is the foremost step that one should take while trying to survive in the woods.

Finding yourself lost in the woods and in the middle of nowhere raises an alarm to build a shelter for your own self immediately in order to stay safe and warm. There are many ways by which you can build one. The entire idea to stay safe in the woods, mostly which is coniferous however remains the same.

How to Build a Safe Shelter in the Woods

  • ·         Trees are the best resource to build the shelter. Find an area that is flat and has a tree whose trunk reaches the ground. This way, your work is half done as the tree is firmly placed on to the ground and will be able to carry weight as well. If you find a V shape forming tree, then consider yourself to be quite lucky. However, in coniferous areas where such trees are unavailable, you might have to take two big branches and tie them with weeds or vines in order to form a V shape.
  • ·         Find rough barks and branches that are thick and long. Rough barks do not tend to slip in anyways; hence, they can be used ideally as the spine of your shelter.
  • ·         Rest the barks firmly on to the ground.
  • ·         The next step would be to gather as many thin branches and twigs that can be leaned on to the spine in order to form the basic shelter frame. Add as many thick sticks on to the ground and give the best support available to the spine frame.
  • ·         Fill the gaps between the barks and branches with twigs and leaves. In order to add stability to the entire construction, use vines to tie the barks and twigs.
  • ·         Find as many pine boughs, twigs, leaves, brushes, shrubs and mud as possible. These will help you to keep yourself warm. Add all these materials in any combination to the construction and see to it that you don’t find any gaps or spaces. This way you will be rest assured to stay warm with no chilling air coming in.
  • ·         Spread a blanket of dry leaves and other soft materials that you are able to collect from the surroundings and make the base floor of the shelter.
  • Test the shelter by applying a little weight and see for the structure’s stability and safety. Place a number of stones around the structure. Last but not the least, pile a number dry leaves, twigs and branches to get a spark of fire.