If you are forced to spend the night in the wild it is important that you either manage to find shelter or know how to make a shelter from what is around you. Shelter will help to keep you warmer and drier, by protecting you from the wind and rain. Alternatively, if you are in the wild in a warm climate, it can help to protect you from the sun and give you shade. Before building a shelter, think about where to site it. Ideally it should be close to both food and water sources, although you should avoid building a shelter right on the banks of a river or stream, in case the river floods. Make sure that you build shelter before nightfall, as you will struggle to find the best materials once it gets dark. If you know that you are going out into the wild, you should always take a real tent, or a line and tarp, which can be used in various different ways to make a shelter.