As I start to prepare my gear for my Bug Out Weekend, and I re-evaluate what is in my Bug Out Bag, I may be looking to replace or eliminate some gear if I think it is redundant.  This is the first time I am really taking a “harder” look at my Bug Out Bag.  It is true, that I have never used my BoB in real world application.  I am hoping I do not have to, however, for my test weekend, I want to be sure that I am not overdoing it.  And, if I have to put something back in the bag later, then so be it.

So, currently I have a one man bivy tent.  In it’s stuff sack, it is probably five or six pounds.  This makes it the heaviest item to be attached to my bag.  My bag is pretty heavy already, and adding another five or six pounds, I am wondering how that is going to affect the weight on my back.  I suppose we can all speculate.  So I started looking for low cost light weight shelters that were durable that I could replace my bivy tent with.   I am looking for something that can be used in multiple seasons, even when it gets cold out.  upon my search, I found a lot of inexpensive and expensive tents.  Well, I don’t need a tent.  I already have that.  So, my search moved to YouTube.  I sifted through a lot of stuff, some garbage, and some not, but i finally came across these.  I don’t know if I am going to do any sewing myself, but these were pretty good.

Video on Tarp Shelters

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Tarp Shelters

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