This shelter protects you from the sun, wind, rain, and heat. It is easy to make using natural materials and is perfect for use on beaches.

To make this shelter —

  • Find and collect driftwood or other natural material to use as support beams and as a digging tool.
  • Select a site that is above the high water mark.
  • Scrape or dig out a trench running north to south so that it receives the least amount of sunlight. Make the trench long and wide enough for you to lie down comfortably.
  • Mound soil on three sides of the trench. The higher the mound, the more space inside the shelter.
  • Lay support beams (driftwood or other natural material) that span the trench on top of the mound to form the framework for a roof.
  • Enlarge the shelter’s entrance by digging out more sand in front of it.
  • Use natural materials such as grass or leaves to form a bed inside the shelter.

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