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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

The 10 C's of Survival 3/10 - Cover

Why is it so important to keep a shelter with you? Can you afford not to carry one?

Many people do no bother carrying any form of shelter, hell in this day and age most people don't even have a coat when it's raining! So many people in the prepper community have months of food and water stockpiled at home and overlook the humble shelter sheet, which I find odd since you can go for days without water, weeks without food yet you will die within hours of being exposed to extreme weather conditions.

Now you might think "that will never happen to me" but if you travel on dual carriageways or motorways I would beg you to reconsider.

No matter how far you travel by motorway, Imagine this situation:

It's wet and cold and you break down.

You need to leave your vehicle and wait in a safe place. A safe place IS NOT sitting in your car waiting until the friendly breakdown team arrives hours later. The reason you are advised to vacate your vehicle is regularly in the news when someone ignores the warning and waits in their car until another road user veers on to the hard shoulder and fatally collides with the stationary vehicle.

So seriously think about packing a shelter sheet of some description. If you break down, get out, travel slightly upstream of the traffic, climb over the barrier, call breakdown recovery and sit safe and sound under the shelter that you had the foresight to carry.

Personally I keep a lightweight waterproof poncho in the side pocket of my backpack and unless I need it I don't ever have to think about it again. If it rains I can throw it on and fit the family under it if we need to find cover from a quick rainshower, if the ground is damp I can use it as a groundsheet under the picnic blanket, there are too many situations that it can come in handy to list them all.

Kombat UK  Lightweight DPM Poncho
Back in 2013 I was out on the motorcycle and got caught in a snow storm which saw me stranded at the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, and it was 6 hours until the roads cleared up enough for me to make my way home. If that happened these days I'd be sat under a shelter out of the wind and rain drinking a brew and would be far more comfortable.

And isn't that what we do this for? To make sure our lives are more comfortable no matter what happens?

I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below

At the time of writing the Kombat UK poncho is available on Ebay for £13.90 delivered



  1. We have a few of those ponchos they get used for all sorts very good investment to have

  2. We haven't got ponchos but we have a selection of my husbands old high viz jackets in the boot in case of a break down.

  3. I try to make sure the wife has some winter essentials in her car but haven't really thought about a cover like this. She has a space blanket but I think I'll be adding one of these to the list as well. I also should add one to the van as well. Great post, time to go over the kit in the vehicles I think!

  4. Glad you found the post interesting and it has got you thinking. The Ponchos are good peace of mind, if all it does is save the good lady from being cold wet and miserable on just one occasion then it has paid for itself in my opinion.


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