How to Build a Safe & Comfortable Wilderness Survival Leaf Bed

How to Build a Safe & Comfortable Wilderness Survival Leaf Bed

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The Sun’s low in the sky.

In a couple of hours it’ll be below the mountain.

And you’ve just realized that you’re lost.

Your number one goal is to find a warm place to sleep. You don’t have time to build a lean-to or a full debris shelter.

I’m going to show you how to put a warm leaf bed shelter together in as little as 30 minutes.

More importantly, I’m going to show you all of the hazards to keep an eye for when building one.

Building a leaf bed shelter is an extremely valuable skill to have if you ever go camping, backpacking or hiking.

It’s about as primitive and simply as a shelter you can build.

I certainly wouldn’t recommend it if your survival situation lasts more than a few days.

As I say…

Your job in a survival situation is to constantly be making your situation better.

But, your first night in the wilderness calls for one main focus…

Staying warm.

Do you know the leading cause of death in survival situations?


Which really means they either died due to hypothermia (too cold), or hyperthermia (too hot).

We as human beings are pretty fragile when it comes to maintaining that crucial 98.6 degree internal body temperature.

That’s why shelter should be your top priority.
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So getting yourself off the ground to protect against heat loss is all you need to worry about on your first night of a SHTF situation.

This is key concept in survivalism.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a outdoorsman who spends a lot of time in the bush/wilderness.

Or if you’re a doomsday prepper who’s got their bug out bag by the door to rush out at a moment’s notice.

This is something that everyone needs focus on.

The reality is… not even taking into account the rain and wind.

If you sat down on the bare earth, for a long enough period of time. You will die.


The earth will suck the heat straight from your body.

Minute after minute.

Now, this is an extreme example, in which case you’re not doing anything to replenish your calories, or increase your internal body temperature.

But, for illustration purposes, it proves the point that you don’t want to sleep on the bare earth!

The large earth will win against your small human body!

You might be wondering… what about sleeping pads you can buy?

Like thermarest. Or other self-inflating mattress pads.

In the video I break down why I don’t recommend thermarest and what I do recommend instead.

Now to be clear, you don’t need any market bought sleeping pad to survive. What I’m showing you is a perfectly good replacement, and actually a superior option in many ways due to the shelter effect.

As I mentioned earlier, the great thing about this shelter is that you can put it together in as little as 30 minutes.

That’s because it’s a very simple bushcraft shelter.

With many different shelters to build, you may wonder which is superior.

The answer is, “it’s based on your survival situation”.

If you’re stuck overnight, and you need to keep warm. The leaf bed shelter.

If you’re going to be stranded for days, weeks or months, like a SHTF situation where you’re forced to live off the grid for a long period of time…

Then I definitely recommend a full-debris shelter. Which is great for 1-2 people who may be exposed to cold nights.

If more than one person, you’re going to want to look at something larger, like a lean-to shelter.

Now, with a lean-to shelter it’s important to keep in mind that the heat source comes from a fire that’s positioned properly in the shelter.

So it’s extremely important you know how to build a fire.

That may sound obvious for bushcraft skills, but you need to be able to build a fire outside of your shelter that directs and reflect heat inward. As you can have a strong cross breeze.

After you’re done watching this video.

Get out there and practice for the real SHTF moment!

Until next time.

Stay safe, and stay prepared.