Choosing the Right Location for Your Outdoor Shelter

If disaster strikes, where will you find shelter? Staying indoors is much more pleasant than trying to survive outside. If your home is destroyed or you need to evacuate, having a bunker to take shelter in is the next best thing.

Survival Camping

However, in some situations, if you don’t have a bunker, you might need to leave your home and bug out elsewhere to survive.

Where Can You Go?

Usually, you have two choices. You can either go to another urban area that’s unaffected or you can go to a wilderness environment. It all depends on the situation.

If there are violent riots in the city and you have a choice between traveling through roads there to get to another urban safe zone or taking another route that leads to the woodlands where it’s much more isolated, you’re probably better off in the wild.

Bring A Tent

However, once you get to the wilderness environment, you need to choose a good location to set up your shelter. It’s best that you bring a camping tent that you can easily set up as shelter.

If you’re planning on using sticks, branches and leaves to make shelters like a debris wall, you might want to go to plan B. You’re not Bear Grylls. Most people just don’t have the experience needed to build such shelters well. You need a lot of practice and even then, it can be time-consuming and draining to scavenge for sticks and other material to build your shelter.

Just bring a camping tent. If you want, you can bring tarps and other camping equipment to set up a good tent. They’re more cumbersome, but if you can transport them, you could do it.

Find Shelter for Your Shelter

When you get to your location, even if you have a camping tent, you want to look for a sheltered spot so that you’re not exposed to the elements. If you set up a tent in an open area, you’ll be exposed to the heat, cold, sun, wind, rain and even wild animals around.

Tent Surrounded by Trees

Find a place that’s secure and not exposed. A fallen tree might offer cover on one side. If you find some overgrown vegetation, you can clear the ground a bit with an ax. Set up your tent there and you can pull the overhanging leaves and stems over your tent to provide some camouflage.

Other Considerations

Remember to set up your shelter close to a water source but not too close. When digging a latrine, you want it to be at least 100 feet away from your shelter and nowhere close to your water source.

You have to keep these considerations in mind when choosing your location. Check the surrounding areas close to your shelter to make sure you’re not close to any pests like ants, hornets and other dangerous insects.

You should not build a fire close to your shelter if you’re surrounded by dry leaves and wood. This is a fire hazard and one spark could light up the entire area and burn down your camping tent. Make sure you start a fire in a spot that’s clear of any flammable material.

Do check if there are any heavy branches above your tent. You don’t want a dead branch from the top of a tree crashing on you while you’re sleeping. It’s best to set up shelter on the fringes of the woods. If you’re too deep inside, it will be damp, dark and depressing.

Be Familiar With Your Local Terrain

You want to be protected to a certain extent but also able to get out of where you are easily. Besides the woods, there are deserts, caves, mountains, jungles and even snowy areas that you can take shelter in. It all depends on where you live. Know the terrain you might face and prepare accordingly.


To conclude, it’s also important to know that surviving outdoors should always be a last resort. Too many preppers make the mistake of storing all their supplies at home without realizing that if a hurricane or a tornado tears off the roof of their house, they’re immediately up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

So, it’s prudent to build a bunker and “bug in” using the tips from Easy Cellar. Thousands of people have used it and benefited from it. It’s always safer and much more pleasant to be sheltered in a place that’s secure and has basic amenities. It doesn’t get better than a bunker.

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