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How to create a safe, clean, and comfortable home base

- May 22, 2018 -

Humans have an inherent need for a “home” even when we’re just camping for a few days. Most of what you need to recline, dine, and snooze in style is either in your pack or in your environment already. In this chapter, we’ll teach you easy-to-use tips on how to stay clean, dry, and hygienic from bed to bathroom using simple building techniques. We’ll also show you how to construct a decked-out outdoor room and how to build sturdy places to sleep everywhere from the earth to the canopy.


choose your campsite

Comfort and safety depend on your choice of campsite. The ideal site will have flat, even ground with open space for a kitchen area and perhaps a play area. Look for potential hazards from above – dead tree limbs or loose rock ledges. Camping in the open through a stormy night is not fun and can be very dangerous, so listen to the weather forecast. Locate your tents in an area that receives morning shade. And stay a good distance away from the water’s edge because of flooding potential and the presence of animals and insects.

Of course, you must have a portable inverter generator, can help you in the dark night.It can power electronics, and it's basically all you can think of, and it's very convenient.

Techniques for building a simple shelter


You forgot the tent, and it will be getting dark soon; you must have shelter against the cold night temperatures.Using gasoline chainsaw, You can use what is around you to build a leaf hut, an A-frame shaped wedge that is weatherproof and insulated. Choose a straight, stout limb that is 10’ – 12’ long for the backbone of your shelter. Secure one end in a group of rocks or a tree fork, keeping the central rib oriented at an upward 30° angle. Use two forked sticks to secure the other end of the limb, forming a triangle. Down each side, place sturdy branches closely together at an angle, one end on the ground and the other on the central limb. Cover the frame with a couple of feet of vegetative matter – leaves, moss, and pine needles.

Practical tips for camp hygiene

Proper sanitation is perhaps more important in the wilderness than it is a home, and vital if you are in a wilderness area that falls within bear territory. Never leave out food or garbage; store both in airtight containers secured in the trees. Other items such as toothpaste, perfumes, and shampoos can also attract animals. Store these items in airtight containers away from your sleeping quarters. Set up a washing station complete with water jug, liquid soap, and paper towels; hang wet clothes on an improvised clothesline. And always change into clean nightclothes before turning in; you will sleep more comfortably and your tent will stay fresher.


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