30 Second Emergency – Bug Out Bag – Poncho Shelter

Best Bug Out Bag Poncho

Well we all know that shelter is one of the “CORE FOUR priorities of survival… and that a good quality poncho (with grommet holes) is a “must have” everyday carry survival item for protection from the elements…. and a host of other useful purposes.

Survival Solutions-OPSEC-Poncho

Most Ponchos Are Too Small
But unfortunately, are often just too small to keep you shielded from the weather AND require some sort of twine or rope to set up. So today we’re going to take a look at the Survival Solutions – Oversized Emergency Poncho Shelter and show you how to set it up in about 30 seconds WITHOUT any twine.

Meet the O.P.S.E.C. Poncho
About a year ago I found the Survival Solutions – OPSEC poncho and have been using it as my standard bug out bag poncho ever since… because it preforms all the core tasks of a standard poncho AND can be transformed into a LARGE, camouflage, emergency shelter in less than a minute WITHOUT any cordage.


Poncho Even Fits in Cargo Pockets

OPSEC Poncho Longer Than Other Ponchos…
Made in the USA – the Survival Solutions poncho is crafted out of 70 denier, coated, ripstop nylon that is about 18” (or 46 centimeters) longer than a standard military style poncho yet it weighs only about 1.4 pounds (or 639 grams) … compared to a military surplus poncho that weighs around 2.2 pounds (or 1 kilogram). And it even fits in the cargo on my NON-military outdoor pants.

When not using the extra size of this poncho, it folds underneath and snaps securely out of the way.

Now the Extra Poncho Length Serves 3 Primary Functions…
First, it keeps you and your gear covered well even when you are carrying a big pack…

Second, it gives you up to an extra 7 square feet of ground or roof tarp…

OPSEC-Survival Solutions Poncho Shelter

Snap Extra Length Around Tree

And best of all… it allows you to set up an emergency shelter or camouflage hide in 30 seconds without any cord. Here’s how:

  • Find a downed tree or solid branch that’s 2 – 3 feet off the ground.
  • Wrap the extra poncho length around the fallen tree.
  • Fasten the poncho end to the tree using the 3 snaps.
  • Now, push a stick through each of 2 grommet holes to tightly secure the other end to the ground.

Incredibly Versatile Poncho…
A camouflage, emergency, poncho shelter that you can construct in about 30 seconds without any twine.

More Great Emergency Rain Gear
If you’re looking for a rugged, affordable,  standard-sized, rip-stop poncho with grommet tie downs and snaps – I can’t find a better deal than the Germany-Made Mil-Tec rain poncho.

And for the most rugged rain gear I’ve found to date, check out the Helly Hansen Impertec II Jacket and pants.

We’ve just taken a look at how to set up an emergency shelter in 30 seconds with the Survival Solutions – OPSEC poncho.

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6 Responses to “30 Second Emergency – Bug Out Bag – Poncho Shelter”

  • Doug Linn

    I have one of the original rubber german poncho’s hard to find these days except the army navy shops i think. rubber both sides and heavy good couple pounds + but well worth it on a day trek for a shelter .

  • Jackson Farris

    I’m new to survival/preping and i was wondering how to make a good small EDC bag or a B.O.B for a fairly low price, and i was wondering if you could help me get set up. Thanks! Revelation 1:8

    • Carin

      Hi there – if you check out the Ultimate Survival Tips You Tube channel, you will find many suggestions for Bug out Bags and EDC. Have fun!

  • Owen H

    I’m sorry, but 30 seconds to put up this poncho as a shelter is a lie. Especially, if it’s your first time doing it in unfamiliar territory in a survival situation.

    • Carin

      David: You are correct that someone inexperienced who has never set up this poncho before would definitely take longer. However, with a little practice, even in a stressful situation, it can be done in 30 seconds-1 minute easily. But you do bring up a good point that I highly recommend to everyone: know, test, and use your gear BEFORE being in a survival situation! It may be the difference between life and death. Thanks for the comment. ~David

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