Survival Cabin Plans, Designs, Supplies and Tips

A survival cabin is a far more certain way of seeing your family through times of crisis. Sometimes a tent just isn't enough, after all.

Choosing the right location, acquiring the supplies, and getting to work on the cabin can be daunting, but the great thing about a survival shelter is that it can be used even when you're not in danger.

Even if you never have to use it to take emergency shelter, you can take pride in knowing that you have a great retreat in the wilderness.

In times of emergency, a well-stocked cabin is a permanent place of refuge capable of protecting you and your family indefinitely. The risk of war, disease, natural disaster, terrorist activity, and civil conflict all drive the need to have a strong survival shelter that can protect your from the outside world.

Your survival cabin should be located remotely, but in a well-chosen area

While many survivalists choose to build their own, several companies are available to aid in building your survival cabin in a variety of designs and styles.

Choosing Your Environment

The obvious choice for building an emergency cabin is in the wilderness, under the protection and coverage of trees, mountains, and brush.

Choosing the correct property and location is very important – you don't want to just set up your line of defense in any spot. You need proper planning and area scouting.

The ideal property for your cabin stronghold would be in a State that doesn't get too hot or too cold, which would allow you to build a sustainable farming system that can last most of the year.

Southern and central California are great areas that have stable temperatures and adequate rainfall. Southeast Texas is also another ideal location, as it's close to the Gulf of Mexico. Hawaii would also be great, but that's a bit of a stretch for most of us.

However, for those of us that don't have the ability to choose one of these states, your survival cabin will just have to work wherever you can make it. After all – this is hardcore survival.

To find the perfect property for your survival cabin, begin looking online. Narrow down your search to properties that are suitable for your economic situation and desired acreage. One acre or more should do fine.

Next, you need to determine how close the property is to a water source. To do this, you can use an online map, or go visit the property.

Having a water source less than a mile away is desirable, as this will not only make it easier for transportation, it also means animals for hunting will be in the vicinity.

Finding land that is in an elevated area is also a good idea, to prevent being washed out by a flood. For the actual site of your survival shelter, you'll want to look for land that is relatively flat.

Survival Cabin Kit

Several cabin plans are available online and in books. But the easiest way to build your own cabin is to purchase a kit which contains everything you'll need – logs, joint system, windows, roof, and more.

Sanders Construction offers a variety of kits ranging from $23,000 to $45,000.

You may also want to consider adding solar panels to the roof of your cabin, ensuring you'll have a continuous source of power. Windy Nation's solar panel kits are a great way to generate plenty of clean, quiet energy, using solar energy from the sun to run TVs, lights, computers, even recharge 12 volt DC batteries.

Get off grid power for your survival cabin with the Windy National solar kits

Pre-Fabricated Survival Cabins

If you'd rather leave the construction in someone else's capable hands, there are a few manufacturers that specialize in building affordable and practical survival shelters and cabins.

Off Grid Shelters is one of the premier manufacturers of survival shelters and cabins, offering full-service cabins that include solar panels and rain water systems. Off Grid Shelters offers five different shelter cabin plans, ranging from $119,000 to $157,000.

Atlas Survival Shelters has become one of the most widely-known companies in survival shelter. Featured on popular shows like Doomsday Preppers and Storage Wars, Atlas Survival Shelters takes survival seriously. They keep no 'paper trails' on their customers, and accept only wire transfers.

Their premier model starts at $49,000 and is made from amazingly strong galvanized corrugated pipe. These cabins have a 200 year lifespan. Their shelters are also made with two hatches – a main entrance and a concealed hidden exit hatch.

The Bottom Line on Survival Shelters

Combined with your survival plan and gear, a survival cabin offers the the best line of defense for anything life throws your way.

Most kits and plans are relatively affordable and easy to build on your own, or with a contractor team. Choosing the right location can take time, but with proper planning, your cabin may be one of the best investments you've ever made.

Best of all, your survival cabin can double as just a "regular old" cabin when ever you want a break from the outside world.

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