The Survival Rule of Threes goes as such:
- You can survive for 3 Minutes without air or in an icy body of water
- You can survive for 3 hours without shelter in a harsh environment
- You can survive for 3 days without water (if sheltered from a harsh environment)
- You can survive for 3 weeks without food (if you have water and shelter in a harsh environment)
These numbers can vary based on age, size, and location, but it’s good to know the general limits of the human body when it comes to the importance survival necessities.
As you can see, shelter is a very important aspect of survival. Without shelter, you are subject to the elements of nature. Fortunately, humans are resourceful creatures…
Let’s say you’re going on a hike. You have food and water for the trip, but bringing along a tent is just too much. Afterall, you’re out for a nice hike in the woods, not a full-blown excursion. You lose track of time and next thing you know, your flashlight is busted, it’s dark out and working your way back down the trail is impossible.
No one should put themselves into this situation but unfortunately, unplanned events happen all the time, so be prepared!
Hiker J has an awesome solution for bringing a light-weight shelter with you on an outdoor excursion. Take a few minutes to watch this video, as he shows you how to make a survival shelter from materials he keeps wrapped up on a simple hiking pole. And the best part, it only weighs 4 oz.
So while you wait for the people that you told you were going on a hike (please, please always do this) to come rescue you, do this.