How to Make an Emergency Survival Raft from Sticks and Tarp
Make a Survival/Rescue Raft Out of Sticks and a Tarp
This raft can be made fairly easily. It can come in really handy to haul your gear over a river. This raft will not support a person, atleast not for very long. But it will support all of your gear and hopefully keep it dry and safe.You could either swim across the river pushing or pulling this raft, or get across first and pull the raft over with a rope. Trying to swim wearing a backpack is extremely dangerous. Try this instead if you ever have the need.
Step #2) Lay your sticks on a tarp. If you do not have a tarp you could also use a rain poncho, or anything somewhat waterproof.
Wrap your tarp up around the edges of your sticks and tie off
If your tarp has grommets, then those will come in handy here. If you have to you can use small stones and put them underneath the tarp and tie a loop around them.
Under most circumstances I would not expect this to float good for very long. If there are any leaks it will become hard to move in the water. Crossing a river can be extremely dangerous. If there is no other way to get a child or a bunch of gear over the water, then this raft should work if it is well constructed.