Camouflaging yourself and your shelter: Considerations for concealment
08/16/2018 / By David Williams / Comments
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Camouflaging yourself and your shelter: Considerations for concealment

If you spend most of your time in a comfortable dwelling in the city, you may not think that learning or having any survival skills is necessary. But trouble could strike at any moment, and while you may be lounging around without a care in the world today, you may find yourself needing to look for your food and shelter tomorrow. It’s difficult to know for sure what will happen next in the world, knowing all the kinds of bad interests that lurk in the background.

Given all of that, it’s in your best interest to know some basic skills that can help with your survival. One of the most useful skills you can learn is how to camouflage yourself and your shelter to avoid any harm. This is important because, often, surviving in nature requires being able to stay hidden from view and able to remain unnoticed.

Here are some tips that you can keep in mind to make sure you do things in relation to these properly. (h/t to

Color means everything – In terms of survival and prepping, color often only means one thing: camouflage.  However, there are times when you need a little more subtlety than the dark green and mocha blended color combo afforded by most camo materials, especially during daytime. As a rule of thumb, camo works best in a non-urban setting.

Shape it up – When you’re out in nature, you may notice one thing that’s glaringly obvious when you try to examine the shape of all the things around you: There aren’t actually that many square-shaped things. To get around this, you need to hide the fact that you may be carrying some square-shaped equipment. You can do this by adding certain things like strips of burlap, netting, or even camo cloth which can cover straight lines. You can also use elastic bands to strap these materials onto your equipment to hide them in plain sight.


Sound-off – After your appearance, your sound can be the next thing that can give away your position. After all, you can make a lot of noise as you make your way around certain areas, whether with the shoes you’re wearing, the equipment you’re carrying, or just with how you act or communicate if you’re in a group. The best thing you can do in this regard is to practice a proper silent routine, which includes checking to make sure that all your stuff is packed and stowed away as neatly as possible, your feet aren’t hitting the ground too hard with each step, and minimize the amount of talking you do.

If you smell – Here’s one thing that can easily give away your position despite doing all of the above things right. Although many smells are hard to mask or minimize, you should make an effort to reduce them as much as you can. You can use scent-free soaps, and always make sure to rinse everything properly once you’re finished using them. Always pick up your trash and dispose of it properly, and make sure that it can’t be found easily, especially by animals that might dig it up.

If you can keep the above tips in your head, you should be well on your way to successfully camouflaging and concealing yourself to ensure your survival. You may never know how truly useful these skills are until you end up in an actual survival situation, but when that happens, you’ll be glad you know what to do.

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