Build a Wind Shelter

Build a Wind Shelter
When you're trekking through the outdoors, you'll have to contend with many of nature's elements. One of these is wind. If you are ever stranded or in a situation where you have to cope with a heavy wind, it's best to be prepared and have some knowledge of what to do. Building a wind shelter isn't that hard, though it will take a little work to get one put together.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Tips on Building a Wind Shelter

Things You’ll Need:
  • Driftwood
  • Wood
  • Natural Material
  • Grass
  • Leaves
 
Step 1
Select an area for your wind shelter that is slightly elevated and will not be prone to flooding if it rains heavily.
Step 2
Using your hands or a stick, dig a trench that is large enough for you to comfortably be able to lie down in it. Make sure the trench is wide enough.
Step 3
Mound the dirt up on three sides of the trenched area, leaving one end open so you will be able to crawl inside it. The higher you build the mounds, the more space you'll have inside the trench.
Step 4
Gather driftwood, wood or other natural material that is long enough to fit over the top of the trenched area to form a roof. Once you have the framework of the roof in place, you can place more material on top to keep the wind and rain off while you're inside of the trench.
Step 5
Enlarge the area where you will be entering, by digging out more dirt. Make sure it's big enough for you to be able to crawl inside.
Step 6
Layer the inside area where you will be lying with grass, leaves or other soft natural material to insulate you and keep you from being directly on the dirt.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
This shelter works well in protecting you from wind, sun, rain or heat. If using it as a sun shelter, build it facing from north to south.
 
This shelter works well in protecting you from wind, sun, rain or heat.
 
If using it as a sun shelter, build it facing from north to south.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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