This two-person tent weighs less than a liter of water, yet it provides plenty of room and is quick to set up. The extended head and foot areas maximize the tent’s usable space. Any emergency or bug-out bag should have one of these tents because you never know when you are going to need shelter at a moment’s notice.
Billing itself as “your dependable shelter in the wild,” the Turtle Tuff shelter is not a tent, but your home away from home. If you’re forced to leave your home and survive in the wilderness, setting up the Turtle Tuff shelter is your best bet for normalcy. Insulated to withstand all four seasons, this shelter is watertight, UV resistant and can be set up quickly. It is made of high-strength yet lightweight aluminum, making it easy to transport, and even features a tear-resistant floor covering. The Turtle Tuff shelter can be used in any emergency when your family must relocate to a safe area.
This emergency kit weighs under 9 ounces, so it can stow in your vehicle or in your bug-out backpack with little added bulk. The kit includes a blanket offering 90-percent heat retention, a cord, stakes and instructions that will allow you to quickly set up the shelter.
Lightweight and quick to deploy, the Storm Shelter 800 has enough room for eight adults. The 70-denier exterior is waterproof so you will stay dry, while venting allows vapor to pass through so there will be less condensation buildup over time. This shelter is also large enough to bring your team’s packs inside to stay dry, too.
A bivy sack does not need to feel like a sarcophagus. The 12.65-ounce Backcountry Bivy offers plenty of room for one person to sleep on their back, side or stomach. Plus it is compatible with Sierra Designs’ Backcountry Bed so you can have regal comfort even in the aftermath of a disaster.
Lightweight at only 3 ounces, Space Emergency Blankets are flexible to -20 degrees Fahrenheit, plus they are waterproof and windproof. These blankets effectively trap the user’s body heat, retaining up to 80 percent during use. You can use the Space Emergency Blanket as an emergency shelter, a ground cover for a tent, a heat reflector to radiate heat from a fire or to wrap yourself in to maintain body heat.
This 17-ounce shelter can be placed over you and your companion’s head and tied at the ground to retain your body heat in an emergency. The bright orange color and reflective strips make it easy to see for potential rescue teams. Though not intended for long-term use, this shelter will keep you dry and out of the wind until the rescue helicopter arrives. The entire shelter stores in a small stuff sack with a draw-cord closure.
The Savatech Hazmat Control Shelter is an inflatable shelter that sets up fast and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as a field hospital, a quarantine facility, a mess hall, a storage center or a decontamination center. The inflatable framing does not need blowers or power to stay inflated. Each shelter features HVAC ports, venting, screened windows and guy lines to hold down the shelter in the event of high winds. Inflating to their full size in 10 to 15 minutes, these waterproof and fire-resistant shelters are offered in sizes ranging from 121 to 527 square feet.
When it comes to being out in the elements, situations can change rapidly and without warning. Having reliable shelter for whatever Mother Nature throws at you is one of the primary survival essentials when preparing your emergency kit or bug-out bag. You might need to take cover suddenly while on the go, so while safe rooms and storm shelters have you covered at home, portable shelters are important to have as well. Furthermore, a time may come when you’ll have to create shelter with just what you are carrying or what you can find in your surroundings. The bottom line is that you must be ready and able to create a safe haven for you and your family anywhere and at anytime, and these shelters can offer you a lifesaving option when seconds count.
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For More Information
Marmot Force 2P: marmot.com; 888-357-3262
Turtle Tuff: turtletuffshelters.net; 801-623-3288
SOL Emergency Shelter Kit: surviveoutdoorslonger.com; 800-324-3517
Vango Storm Shelter 800: vango.co.uk
Sierra Designs Backcountry Bivy: sierradesigns.com
Space Emergency Blanket: grabberworld.com; 800-423-1233
Lifesystems Survival Shelter: lifesystems.co.uk
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Fall 2015 edition. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.
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