How to hack it in the wilderness with Dessa
An apocalypse can come at any given moment. Do you keep it cool or run around screaming, not knowing what to do? Fear no more! Dessa is here to learn you some unusual hacks so you too, can hack it in the wilderness!

- From : Odessa Valyrion

So after all this partying it’s back to business. We got food, water and fire. But there still is a crucial thing missing! We need shelter. A place to sleep in or under that isn’t a tree branch (very uncomfortable for more than a few hrs)… abandoned car (who leaves these in the wild!) and to be honest you haven’t brought much supplies so it has to be something you can use for multiple purposes.

But first things first. Choose a spot for your wilderness shelter which is:

  • Dry
  • Flat
  • Not right next to a body of water.
  • Not underneath any cliffs, falling rocks, or dead limbs which could fall on you
  • Is readily visible or very well hidden (depending on whether you want to be found or not)
  • Have a good place for a fire right in front of the doorway


After that we can think of the type of shelter. You need to ask yourself the following questions every single time you build a shelter!

Does your shelter need to be camouflaged?

How cold is it? 

How much time do you have to build the shelter?

Is the shelter for long-term or short-term use?


Then we start building. The simplest way to get yourself a shelter is by using the tarp or poncho you brought. They can shelter you, keep you dry during walks in the rain and collect water and be used to carry things too. So we checked off the multiple purpose box.

To build a makeshift tent, you’ll need rope or a line of some kind to string between two trees, a tarp or poncho to hang on the rope, and something to anchor the tarp to the ground. If you don’t have any rope or string,(you failed miserably, we need rope and/or string to survive!)  you can use a strong branch propped between the two trees several feet above the ground.

Quick note:

If you are using a branch in place of a rope, you will need some way to keep it firmly attached to your trees, such as a notch in the tree.

Ok so  you tie the rope between two trees that are close together. You need to fit between them so make sure there is enough room! Toss the tarp over the rope and anchor it.


How to anchor your new shelter: Make sure your tarp is held on to the ground. Heavy objects like large rocks or logs should be enough to hold it in place If you have additional rope and some stakes (or a few sharpened sticks), you can use these items to secure a tarp with grommets. Run some rope through each grommet to pull the tarp taught, and warp around stakes you have driven into the ground.


If you need camouflage tarp works better than a poncho. You can add mud and leaves to it. Which automatically help you isolate the make-shift tent you build.


So there is one last thing. Make sure you bring tin foil blankets to sleep in, they keep you warm and dry when you sleep on forest ground. They are one of the things you should keep in your backpack together with a first-aid kit, a bottle of water, duct-tape and a knife at ALL times.


ok, that's all for this week folks. Dessa out!

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Willow Dixon

Willow Dixon Very informative.

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