Bug Out Bag Gear Checklist: Clothing excerpt
Proper clothes is one of the most overlooked survival tools in most people’s bug out bags. The
critical importance of clothes in individual survival was hammered home hard early in my time in
Search and Rescue. There I learned that one of the determining factors in our calculation of a
person’s likelihood of survival was if they were properly dressed for both the weather conditions
and their activity. Lacking well-chosen clothes, their odds of surviving hypothermia were greatly
diminished. And as you’ll learn when we talk about shelter, hypothermia is the biggest killer in the
woods these days. So proper clothes is a very important element in our overall bug out survival
Four Key Categories You bug out clothing Must Cover
Once we cut throughget away from all the noise and conflicting opinions, you only need to address
four key categories when deciding on bugout clothes. Sure I could totally complicate this, and go
into graphs and charts and variable tables, but you’d probably rather I give you the practical core
strategies you need to just get it done. So without further ado, let’s get to it.
bugout clothing: critical requirement 1- Durability
Our first strategic element in choosing clothing, is our requirement for durability. Simply put we
must have strong and tough clothes that will survive the rigors of fleeing disasters and other
potentially lethal situations for an extended duration. This means clothing that can shrug off
pokes, scrapes, and singeing without failing; and pockets that can carry a bunch of survival
essentials without losing buttons, snaps, zippers or velco, popping seems, tearing off, or otherwise
losing their essential contents.
bug out clothing: essential requirement 2- Comfort
They also need to be comfortable when worn for three + days straight without binding, chafing, or
otherwise compromising our primary pathogen barrier (our skin). Really we are looking for clothing
that will protect our skin and carry small items comfortably, and do it under austere circumstances
for possibly a month or more. Tough shoes to fill, no? But we aren't done.
bug out clothing: critical requirement 3- Subdued
Our bug out clothes also should be subdued. Meaning both the hue, and noise the clothes items
make as you wear them. The simple reason for this is that we very much want to avoid attracting
undesired notice from the two-legged predators that frequently swarm near dangerous
developments that often mandate our getting out of dodge in a hurry. We don’t want to be
charging around in fluorescent colored outer garments that rasps with every move and turns you
into a walking billboard that screams stupid prepper with cool stuff and zero common sense. On
the other hand, wearing camouflage can, in some situations, be a bad call. I go into the reasoning
in more depth in The Bug Out Survival System, but basically wearing camouflage clothes (like
military BDUs or ACUs) sends the wrong message in some situations.
bugout clothes: essential requirement 4- Layers
Our last requirement is that our bug out clothing be layered. There are two reasons to consider.
First, layered clothes allows us to adapt to fast changing local changes and exertion levels that we
will have to deal with as we travel toward our bugout destination. Second, layers provide well,
layered protection, so that should one piece of clothing gets damaged and can no longer shield
that portion of the body, we still have one or more layers remaining as barriers against skin
damage, and subsequent infection issues.
bugout clothing: Solution
So how do you discover clothes that fulfills all of our requirements of robustness, comfort, being,
subdued, and layered? Let me provide you with the shortcut to great results. Decide on either
good quality BDU/ACU uniforms, superior outdoor gear, or my favorite- ranch or trades workwear.
Yep, get what folks who work hard with their hands in grueling conditions regularly utilize. It is
remarkably easy to discover garments which are rugged and durable, roomy and comfy, of
subdued hues that conceal grime (and in our scenario do not catch the attention), and are meant
to be layered. And in addition they often come with tough, roomy pockets; and that is a big help.
Some of my personal favorite providers include Carhartt, Wrangler, and Duluth Trading Company
Now that you have the central practical knowledge to select good survival and bugout clothing, we
must touch upon three special areas of the body that require special focus when it comes to
clothing, and especially proper protection.
3 Places Your clothes Must guard
Your head calls for special consideration in the protection department. Not only do you want the
capability to conserve warmth, but it's good to defend the “sensor modules” situated in your head.
I am thinking particularly about the eyes and ears. We will consider protecting the respiratory
system as we get you squared away in the Disease/Pandemic Prevention topic, so for the moment
we are centering on the eyes and ears.
bug out clothing Protection Focus: Head
My own personal experience has confirmed that often throughout bug out worthy predicaments
generally there can often be a whole lot of debris and or smoke in the air. Combine that with flying
debris, smallish twigs in abundance, rock splinters, plus the possibility of shrapnel and you have a
rather hostile situation for our trusty eyeballs. At this point notice that you will probably be
confronted with considerably more sunlight than you’re accustomed to, for days at a stretch
possibly. Have I constructed the case for protective eye wear sufficiently convincing yet? Do I
need to mention observing eyes mangled into permanent blindness within the literal blink of an
eye? I think you get the point, high-quality protective eye protection is a must. I personally like 2
sets of interchangeable lenses, 1 dark set for sunlight, glare off water, and so forth. then one pair
of light yellow-colored for low-light or smoky conditions. Use something that provides a very good
impact resistance rating, including versions rated for use as safety glasses. I’m keen on the ANSI
Z87.2 standard, but you don’t have to go whole-hog like that. Make absolutely certain they're
impact resistant. If you wear corrective lenses, place at least one spare pair/set inside of your bug
out bag immediately.
Ear protection is simple, light-weight, and almost universally forgotten. In the event that you have
ever been in the vicinity of a centerfire weapon discharged inside, you will have a sense of how
harmful that blast can be to both our short and long-term hearing. You may also end up using
power tools at the time of disaster recovery efforts, and believe it from a guy that has marked
tinnitus, you need to shield that non-renewable resource. A final consideration on hearing
safeguards. You could wind up in circumstances where you have an opportunity to rest but the
ambient noise preclude...
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