Whether you are a civilian or not, odds are you know the importance of camouflage. It’s necessary to remaining unseen on an important mission or even remaining unseen on a hunting trip with friends. However, in some cases, you may need to be camouflaged, but did not know ahead of time and were unable to pack or prepare the proper gear for this situation. Luckily, even if you find that you don’t have the general camouflage pieces, there are ways to naturally camouflage yourself. We go into different options you may use to help remain hidden.

When determining how to naturally camouflage yourself, you’ll want to follow these tips and tricks. It may not work as well as other camouflage, but every little bit helps.

  • Use mud, dirt, charcoal or clay, or a combination of these, to help create patterns on your skin and put in your hair to dull the shine. This will help hide any naturally shiny skin or hair, as well as break up the outline of your body.
  • Camouflage your gear by using sticks, leaves, and dirt. The last thing you want is your gear giving you away, so attach leaves, sticks, and coat it in dirt to help it to blend into the area as well. Moss is a great addition as well if you are in an area with heavy moss, it’ll cover a larger area.
  • Don’t forget to use grass. It can help make a pattern in your mud covering, and can also be used to cover some of your gear, including your shoes, to help all of you blend in.
  • Cover yourself in debris that is on the ground around where you want to be concealed. Just get down and roll in it, that’s one of the best ways to ensure it will stick to you. Then sprinkle it on top of you where you are laying down and try to really get under it. With all the other camouflage, and this, you are sure to remain unseen.
  • Stay still. This is key, humans and animals are drawn to movement, so if you don’t move, you are more likely to remain unseen than if you are having to constantly readjust yourself or trying to move through the forest. Now, in some cases you do need to move through the area, and the best way to do that is to silently stalk through the woods, moving as slowly as possible. Creeping through will be much slower, so it’ll take you more time to get distance covered, but you will be less likely to be noticed this way.

Knowing how to naturally camouflage is something that you won’t necessarily want to do, but will be entirely necessary in a worst case scenario or bad situation.