Winter is upon us

At least it is in the Mid-West, USA!

Generic picture of a snow covered field.
Generic picture of a snow covered field.

Here in Iowa we got our first significant snow fall overnight last night. It wasn't much, probably close to three inches. But, it was enough to get me to thinking what would happen if we had to "bug out" in the winter. For me and my family, bugging out would mean going to a location similar to one in the picture above and setting up some kind of camp. We don't have a cabin or homestead we could go to if SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) and we had to leave our home. That's a door that I'm praying God will open for us. A place to go if we had to; no matter what the weather.

We are prepared for any normal winter emergency in our area; such as a power outage for any length of time. If that were to happen, would could bunker down in our home and would have an area in the house where we could keep somewhat warm. We wouldn't starve because we have food stored and ways to cook it. At least for a while. But, I can't help wondering what would happen if there was some kind of national catastrophe and we had to leave our home. Of course, we have no way of seeing into the future to even know if something would or wouldn't happen. But, I like to be prepared, just in case. I've been that way pretty much all my life...being prepared for things just in case. I guess that's probably why I take prepping to heart. My mother was that way, and her mother was also; so I guess I come by it naturally.

So, with our present circumstances in mind (no cabin or homestead) I have been watching YouTube videos on how to live in the bush (woods or wilderness) in the winter and (hopefully) survive. My main focus has been on how to set up a camp that would help us to keep warm in winter conditions. Because I am a survivor. And I will do what it takes to help my family and loved ones survive. After all, isn't that what prepping is all about? Preparing to survive any circumstance that may come our way. At least that's how I look at it.

Anyway, I came across a couple of videos that I thought I would share with you. Just in case you live in an area that experiences a winter climate. Actually, when I think about it, the videos would be good to watch no matter what type of climate you live in. They are both educational and entertaining :)

In this first video a YouTuber, Kent Survival, is testing his winter camp site out during a snow storm. It will give you an idea of the type of shelter that would work well in winter (or any) conditions. Obviously, it would help to have plenty of tree resources around for this type of camp.

In this second video YouTuber, Reallybigmonkey1, shows how to build an inexpensive (or as he calls it, el cheapo) tarp shelter with a homemade fireplace to keep the tent warm and to cook over. I find him quite entertaining and a very good teacher.

Whether winter is upon you or you live in a warmer climate, knowing how to set up a camp in the bush or wilderness is good to know. As I said before, we don't know what our future holds. It's best to be as educated as we can when it comes to being prepared.

It is my hope and prayer for you that you will research and educate yourself regarding prepping. That you will take heed to any nudging that you feel telling you that you need to get informed; and that you will practice what you learn about prepping.

Until next time...happy prepping, and God Bless!