Hey guys, malcolm here with Survival Know how This video is part of a 5 part series I am doing with Survivopedia.com where I am deminstraiting 5 survival hacks that could save your life. today I am going to be showing you how to create a very effective shelter using a tarp and some 550 cord, stay tuned. so the benefit of a tarp shelter is, one, affordability. you can buy a tarp for $10 maybe $20. If you are trying to build a bug out bag on a budget, this is a great way to go. Another benefit is accessibility. Many of us already have tarps like this in a garage and it’s not a bad idea to leave one in your car for emergency situations as they have many different purposes in a survival situations. So the first step in building a shelter is picking your site. there are a few criteria you want to keep in mind when picking your site. Number one, you want to be on a flat ground, and you want to be raised up. you dont want to build your shelter on the side of a hill or at the bottom of a hill because if it does rain that night, all the water is going to flow down the hill and wash your camp out all together. another thing to keep in mind is to watch out for widow makers. So widow makers are dead branches that are just hanging in a tree. maybe they died and they have fallen off and have got stuck in the other branches. and they are just waiting for a gust of win to come and knock them down completely. So another thing to consider is to put your camp near bushes and shrubs. I am kinda in the open here just for demonstration purposes. But it could be beneficial to put your camp near some bushes and shrubs as they provide protections from the wind and if you are ever in a bug out situation they will also provide you with some level of concealment. So lets get started building our shelter. The first thing you want to do is after you pick out your location is to clear the area. of any debris, any rocks or sticks, anything you dont want to be sleeping on, now that you have done that, now we can set up our ridge line. When setting up the ridge line, it is benificial to actually sit on the ground to see where your head is going to end up at when you build your shelter One mistake allot of people make is that they put it to high and they create to much space inside there shelter. This is one wasting the material of your tarp and two it is creating more space that you have to heat up using a fire or your own body heat. So my head is rite around here when I sit down, so I am going to put my ridge line rite around here. Alright, so now that we have our ridge line set up, we can go ahead and lay out our tarp. So now that we have a pretty rough idea of what our shelter is going to look like. now we want to insulate the bottom layer of the shelter. I have plenty of leaves around me, so I am going to be using that. But you can also use grass, you can use bows off of spruce tree’s, even news paper. What ever you can find. Just shove it under the bottom layer of the tarp to give it some kind of insulative barrier between you and the ground. And also, it is going to make it a heck of allot more comfortable. So the more insulation you put under the tarp, the more comfortable you are going to be as well as warmer. So now that we have are tarp set up before we go any further, we need to make some stakes. These dont have to be anything fancy. Just some broken sticks will work. If you have a knife you can even sharpen one end of it. try to leave the other end blunt and we will use to peg down at least 4 corners of the tarp, if you have more stakes, more time, you can peg down more than that. Alright guys, so this is the finished product. It is nothing fancy but this will keep you dry and keep you warm in a survival situation Now if you want to turn this into more of a permanent camp there are a few modifications you can do. You can kind of rig up this roof line here to have a dip in it that will allow you to catch rain off this top roof and funnel it into a water bottle there. You could build up walls on ether end or maybe even out here using sticks. And you know you can always add more insulation under the bottom layer to keep you more insulated and comfortable If you guys enjoyed this video, check out the other four videos in this 5 part series I am doing With survivopedia.com where I am demonstrating 5 survival hacks that could save your life. and check out the article they are writing about this collaboration down in the description. Check me out on social media, I am really active on there. And I have a new website Survival Know How .Net I have allot of exclusive content that I only put up on my blog. And if you guys are new here, hit that big red subscribe button down below. I do a weekly videos about survival and prepping.