Survival Shelter Types-Poncho Tent
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This type of survival shelter provides you with a very low silhouette. It also protects you from the natural elements from both sides. The only down side is there is less usable space and observation than the lean-to. This can decrease your reaction time to enemy detection. This is also a very easy survival shelter to build. All you need is a poncho, 2 1.5-2.5 meter ropes, 6 sharpened sticks that are around 30cm long and 2 trees 2-3 meters apart.
To make this survival shelter tent:
- Tie off the poncho hood in the same way as the poncho lean-to.
- Tie a 1.5-2.5 meter rope to the center grommet in each side
- Draw the one side of the poncho tight and secure to the ground pushing sharpened sticks through the grommets
- Follow the same procedure on the other side.
Now with this survival shelter you might need some extra support for the center. You can easily fix this by creating an A-frame set outside and over the tent. You just need to use 2 90-120cm long sticks. Make sure one had a forked end to help from the A-frame. Tue the hoods drawstring to the A-frame to support the center of the tent.
Even though this is a much more protected survival shelter make sure that enemy observation is not essential. You will have much less visibility so keep that in mind when building this type of shelter, This goes for areas where there is a lot of wild animals or other things that you will want to keep an eye on. With that kept in mind this is a great simple survival shelter. As long as you have some rope and a poncho you will be able to keep yourself fairy secure and warm with a poncho tent.
I highly suggest adding some insulation to the bottom of this shelter as well. Even though it will protect you much better from the cold you will still need to conserve body heat. Since you lose 80% of your body heat to the ground you will need to stuff the bottom with leaves, pine needles or anything else you can find that will work as insulation. Also keep in mind to build this survival shelter small and to fit your body and gear but no more, you don’t want to expend so much body heat only to lose it due to a large survival shelter.
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