Warm pocket shelter

by Dan
(Pennsylvania USA)

We all have seen the emergency blankets that are for sale at the local store. Well I can tell you from experience they don't work to keep you warm but are very good fire starters. However, if you carry two (2) of these mylar wonders (space blankets) you can make a very warm viable shelter.





First off, take one of the space blankets, open it up and lay it on the ground. Now pile dry leaves and grasses on the space blanket. Make it as thick as you like, the more material the better. Now open the second space blanket and lay it on top of the dried material, like making a sandwich where the space blankets are the bread and the dry material is the meat of the sandwich.

Lay down on the space blanket sandwich .. Grab the edge of it and roll your body into the sandwich making yourself a burrito ... Instant shelter because the space blankets are waterproof and the leaves provide insulation.

I've used this method and you don't need much time until you’re toasty.

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by: Stiller

That really sounds like a cool idea and more of a practical one. Buying a good sleeping bag or blanket would be an expensive one, but space blankets are really cheap and you could easily find dry leaves on hiking or camping.

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Toasty Tarp Shelter
by: Anonymous

The first time I unfolded one of those cheap mylar space blankets I promptly wadded it up and said to heck with it. It was too small, made too much noise and when I tried to just cover up with it I could never get it positioned just right and whenever I rolled over I had to start again. I have one of the better more durable and versatile em blankets now.

I did, however,finally find a great use for the cheap ones I already had. I usually carry a 8'x 10' tarp with me for shelter on all trips and it can be set up about 8 or 10 different ways just like a poncho except you have more room. I took two of the mylar sheets and spread them out over my tarp and gorilla taped them both to one side of the tarp. Now when I set up a basic lean-to with a about a 2' back wall, my fire is reflected back onto me. I then use a Sun shield from the dash of my truck which has a reflective surface on one side and kind of a thin foam backing on the other. Makes a great ground insulator to lay on top of your bedding materials and works to reflect my body temperature just like the mylar sheets do. Works great for hammocks too! If it's truly cold outside I might even drive a couple of stakes behind the fire and set up a third space blanket to reflect even more heat into my shelter.

Hang on I'm not done yet. If there is two feet of snow on the ground and it's maybe 20 below outside, here is something to remember. I always have a piece of 3 mil plastic just big enough to wrap around the front and sides of my shelter. I duct tape it at the sides and at the top to create a little greenhouse. Man you talk about warm, you can darn near sleep in your underwear with very little cover at 60 to 70 degrees inside and use a lot less firewood and never have to worry about what the weather is doing outside. The tarp is a heck of a lot more durable than trying to use a garbage bag or space blanket for a shelter and it goes up in minutes and weighs very little.

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Another tip for them
by: Todd Owen ( Denver , Co )

I carry a few of these in all my back country gear packs.I use two of them in my tents on cooler nights during the fall and even Winter hikes here in the Rocky mountains. What ever side you slep on in your tent, w a couple smll tiny slivers of Duct tape ( which you should always have a small 5 foot piece rolled up in your Survival gear )I place one space blanket to each side of me taped to the side walls, the heat I generate at night gets reflected back at me and anyone in there with me, on those more cool nights i will toss one under me in my sleeping bag. These Emergency blankets are a wonderful tool that everyone can make a million uses out of...

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Cheaper idea
by: Light Ray

Good ideas, however a 12 to 16 inch square piece of inner tube cut from truck or car tube works good for setting on and you can be cut into small pieces, 1" or so, to use for fire starter. It will burn while floating on water.
Use a large heavy garbage bag, 55 gal. or so, for shelter. Cut a hole for your head, none for your arms if you are just sitting or wounded, unless you need your arms for work.
Hunch down or sit on rubber mat to stay warm. If you want to get found use a bright orange bag, if you want to hide use a dark color.

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beats tarps
by: two sides

the space blankets with a bit of foam and some cross-hatching work better than the thin mylar sheet and they are better than a mylar sheet for lining your A frame or lean to before adding brush as well..

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beats tarps
by: two sides

the space blankets with a bit of foam and some cross-hatching work better than the thin mylar sheet and they are better than a mylar sheet for lining your A frame or lean to before adding brush as well..

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mike
by: Anonymous

thanks for the tip

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What can I say?
by: Will

I can't think of one reason why this shelter wouldn't work, provided that it covered all of your body length. This is brilliant! If I try to think of something bad to say about it, I can't! Major kudos!

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Better space blankets
by: NOMAD

The $12.00 variety of space blankets work well,
it still requires two for the best results. I fold one into a square and use it as a multi layer seat. I lay the second one out flat and place the first one inside of it. the second one is then pulled up around you and cinched up with a drawcord.
"SAFE JOURNEY'S"

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by: Anonymous

that's cool

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Great!
by: Britney

What a great idea and simple to use. Space blankets are easy to carry, small and light!
Space blankets will be included in my standard backpacking equipment.

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