How to Make a Survival Shelter From Debris and Leaves

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A strong survival shelter could be a lifesaver. Check out the tutorial below to learn how to create a shelter using debris, sticks, and leaves.

How to Build a Strong Survival Outdoor Shelter

Resourcefulness is one of the most important traits of a great survivalist, especially when building an outdoor shelter. But when it comes down to it, how can you be sure that the shelter you've built is strong enough? Luckily, we've narrowed it down to just a few simple steps that will ensure your outdoor shelter protects you from the elements. Check out the steps below to learn how to build a strong survival shelter, and be sure to leave your own outdoor shelter tips in the comments.

1. Locate Debris

Gather as many leaves, branches and as much long grass as possible. Create a thick bedding using some of the debris.

Build Outdoor Shelter From Leaves and Debris Step One

2. Find a ridge pole

Find a ridge pole that is taller than you, as well as two Y-shaped sticks (they don't have to be perfectly straight).

Build Outdoor Shelter From Leaves and Debris Step Two

3. Build your framework

Use sticks and branches to create a roof-like ribbing along the entire length of the ridge pole.

Build Outdoor Shelter From Leaves and Debris Step Three

4. Place debris over shelter

Place a generous amount of debris over the shelter (this will ensure more protection from wind and rain).

Build Outdoor Shelter From Leaves and Debris Step Four

5. Plug up your shelter

Cover the entrance of your shelter with the remaining debris and leaves.

Build Outdoor Shelter From Leaves and Debris Step Five

Check out the video below to see the full tutorial:

How to Make a Survival Shelter From Debris and Leaves

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Editor's Note: This article was originally published on September 9, 2020, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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