A huge topic on many preparedness sites and forums revolves around shelter. Obviously if you are bugging in your house is your preferred shelter. If heading to a retreat then that is your planned shelter. When considering shelter a wide array of types are considered from wilderness lean-to, hammocks, tarps, tents, and sometimes nothing but a military poncho.
I was thinking the other day, “What would make the ultimate expedient shelter?“. What characteristics would it need to possess? Here is what I came up with in midst of daydreaming:
- shelter from the elements (rain, snow, sun)
- provide some source of power
- ability to store supplies
- sleep system included
- provide heat in the winter and cold in the summer
- integrated communication system
- provide a defensible position
Obviously I am not talking a shelter system you carry around in your backpack. I am talking about a vehicle – a car, truck, SUV….whatever. Think about it – beside the fact that your vehicle can transport you over great distances quickly – it provides power via 12V power port or direct from battery, communication via radio (and added devices if installed), can cool you with air conditioning or heat you with the heating system. It can shelter you from the elements quite easily and you can even sleep in it.
Maybe I am stating the obvious here when looking at a vehicle as a survival shelter – I just have never really heard it discussed. Of course for many of the systems to work gasoline is going to be required to run the vehicle. Doing a little research most cars can run for a couple days on a tank full of gas while idling. Yes- letting a car idle for that long is not good for it – so rev it up once in a while – but we are talking “survival” here.
So – maybe if your fretting because you feel like you need more supplies to be better prepared – you are a little further along than you thought.