You don't need to lug around a heavy tent backpack on your next hiking or camping trip. All you need is a few good trees, spruce needles, and a large piece of tarp to create a makeshift shelter that will protect you from the elements of nature including rain. Watch this video after the break featuring Survival Lilly to learn how to make it happen.
First, it's important to identify a spruce tree, and it's needles. These trees are a type of evergreen that typically grows in cold northern climates. It differs from fir or pine needles as spruce needles are individually connected to branches.
Furthermore, spruce needles are not clustered like pine needles, nor are they flat like fir needles. Spruce tree branches usually have more volume and have a more upturned shape.
What makes the spruce tree so special? The needles are great for providing insulation from the cold ground.
As you will see in the video, it's a good idea to pile as many branches as you can on the ground, then sit or lounge on the pile to test out comfort and warmth levels.
You will be amazed by the makeshift shelters you can create using only natural supplies. Check out the video on the next page to watch Lilly show you how.