If you are planning on taking to the woods for your bug out, or even just spending time there brushing up on skills, picking the right spot for your stay is important.
Your shelter should be located out of the wind. Always look for loose rocks or dead trees/limbs that could fall on your shelter.
The shelter itself should be made so it is warm and comfortable. If you can manage it have the entrance facing downwind so that you can build your fire in front and catch the heat in your shelter.
Learn to make a shelter that does the best in your local region. To find the best options study how the Native Americans in your area lived. They used native materials and built shelters that fit what they needed to survive in any given area.
Water is your second priority after shelter. Locate your shelter close to a potable water source. But not too close, you will need to take into account possible flooding.
Another reason I like to be a little ways away from water is the noise factor. Setting up camp right next to even a small stream will mask many sounds with running water.
Set your camp in an area that can provide you with food in the long term. This can mean places to hunt, fish, trap, and gather wild edibles.
A string of small traps can be set all around your camp to catch small game. You can set several hundred small deadfalls to catch rodents and possibly larger traps to catch larger game.
Randy Augsburger lives and writes from an old farm that has been in his family since 1866. Born in northwest Ohio, Randy grew up in a small town in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He draws on his experiences of hunting, fishing, trapping and prospecting for his writing. Randy is also an ordained Southern Baptist preacher.
You find his writing blog at http://randyswrite.blogspot.com/