Stuff grasses, leaves or other fluffy material into your clothes to increase their shelter value. When it’s time to go to sleep, if you’re lacking a sleeping bag or space blanket (you shouldn’t be, but accidents do happen) you could construct a shelter from natural materials. You don’t need tools or a building permit in a wilderness survival scenario, you just need some daylight to see, and some sticks and vegetation. Take ideas from the animal nests you’ve seen in nature, and create a small “people nest”, one that you can just barely squeeze into. Make it fluffy to fight the cold. And never underestimate the power of a warm rock or hot water bottle in your bedding. Heat up a stone near the camp fire, so that it is toasty hot, but no danger to your skin or bedding. Hold it close and feel the heat conducting from it. Alternately, pour hot water into a leak-proof bottle, stick it in a sock, and cuddle up with this historic bed warmer.
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