Heading to the wilderness for bugging out during a SHTF scenario is appealing to a lot of preppers. Using this time to escape what remains of society and live off of the land is actually a dream for a lot of people who lead the prepper lifestyle, and as much fun as this is to dream about, truthfully living this life is a rather large burden. Wilderness living is vastly different, and for the preppers that do, they have proper bug out cabins.
As you can probably already guess, bug out cabins are cabins that preppers live in and call home while out and about in the wild. These bug out cabins are a bit different from traditional cabins and vastly different from regular homes in the city, and while living in them does take some getting used to, doing so is a very enriching way to survive a SHTF situation.
Building a survival cabin or survival retreat isn’t the easiest thing to do, so today we’ll be giving you a few tips on how to make your’s the best that it can be.
1. Minimize vents as much as possible
Although it is true that all houses, cabins, etc. need to “breath” to a certain extent, this is something that you need to be careful about when constructing a bug out cabin. While you do want some air to make its way throughout the interior of the building, having too many vents or open areas will result in flies, wasps, mice, and other unwanted pests to get inside of your cabin as well.
Because of this, try to minimize the number of vents that are present on your cabin as much as possible. Only create ones that are absolutely necessary, and if you do have windows or other openings, use proper screening around these to ensure that you can get airflow without allowing creatures and insects to make their way into your new home.
This rule also applies when it comes to ridge vents. This is a part of the cabin that people often don’t think about screening, but it’s where hornets often love to call home. As such, putting screening here as well will help to prevent any infestations as much as possible.
2. Treat your wood
When building a cabin, newcomers to this often use wood that is exposed and untreated. Treating wood is a step that a lot of people wouldn’t even think of, but using wood that’s exposed like this is just begging all sorts of creatures to come to it and absolutely wreck your creation.
In order to prevent this, pressure treat any and all wood that you use for the construction of your cabin so that these pests are discouraged from causing you and your cabin any harm. Although this isn’t a guarantee that animals and insects will stay away from you, it’s a precaution that we absolutely recommend you make.
Additionally, pressure treating your wood will also help to protect against any water damage that could also occur.
3. Create small, out-of-sight hiding areas
Even though your bug out cabin will be out in the middle of nowhere, it’s still important to have hiding places for your belongings. There’s always a chance that someone or something could come snooping around where they shouldn’t be, and if you happen to find yourself in a situation, having a place to hide your valuables will very much so come in handy.
When creating these hiding places, try to think about parts of your cabin that aren’t readily accessible and are out of sight. People that have previously built bug out cabins have created hiding spaces in the attic, under floorboards, and more.
You really have a lot of options here, and the places that you choose to turn into hiding locations will drastically depend on the shape and style of your particular cabin as well.
The main thing to keep in mind here is that the hiding spot is not someplace that people would likely look first, so try and be creative to ensure that your valuables are as safe and secure as they possibly can be.
4. Add sheet metal under your floorboards
If you’ve got the time, patience, and budget that will allow for this, something that you may very well want to consider doing is adding sheet metal to the underside of your floor.
Why would you want to do this?
The crawl space that’s often found under your floor is a prime location for unwanted animals to call home, and if you don’t add sheet metal below this, they’ll have a much easier time burrowing in and finding a new home.
Sheet metal will make this process much more difficult for the critters around you, and it’s a great tool to help keep your cabin as free as possible from unwanted pests.
This is a more drastic solution that not everyone will be able to follow, but if you’re up for the challenge of doing so and want to make your cabin as secure and locked down as it can be, you can’t go wrong here.
5. Make a root seller
For quite some time, cabins have often featured root cellars. Root cellars are great additions to any cabin that creates for more space for yourself and storage alike, and these very much have a place with cabins that are made for bug out scenarios.
As mentioned above, you can use a root cellar for either storing more of your goods or for simply having more space to move around in your cabin. You can very easily hand-dig a root cellar, and once you get it to the depth and width that you’d like, line the walls with stone so that you have a study foundation that won’t come falling down on you.
In addition to this, we also recommend adding a steel door with a steel frame as well. This will cost a bit of money, but it will go to great lengths in regards to helping prevent pests from making home in your new addition to the cabin.
Building a bug out cabin is not an easy task, but with the 5 tips mentioned here, you can ensure that your time building is as well-spent as possible. There’s a lot more that you can to your cabin that we didn’t cover here, but these 5 things will make the biggest improvements and additions that you’ll be the most thankful for.