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Clothing - What to Wear When SHTF

 
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Hey, what kind of clothing should we be collecting when SHTF, to protect ourselves from the elements? I'm talking tried and true methods and materials to keep warm and dry.
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Well black clothing absorbs heat better and also helps one to blend in. I would say something that is functional and has layers. I'd say construct your own clothing with something like black canvas, something that won't wear out for a while.

Also, it is possible to knit with plastic grocery bags or even garbage bags. I would say learning the basics of knitting can help you to construct your own emergency clothing. Plastic yarn would not be very warm though, it would be more to keep you from being nude.
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Look at outdoor retailers, this does mean spending some money but you will get the most hardwearing clothing from them, Montane terra pants are great and I live in them. Non Cotton t-shirts from these places are great also, comfy, hard wearing (as a rule) and fast drying. Also Consider a good quality poncho, can be used as waterproof, windbreak, pack cover, tarp, to carry large amounts of water etc etc etc. Get a good pair of boots, try them on before you buy and wear them in a bit. Look for a bracelet made from paracord and get a few bandana's.. some uses include neck gaiter for cold weather or sun block for hot, pot holder, collecting berriers in, first aid sling, cordage, washcloth, sweatband, eye patch, dust mask.. you get the idea. Buffs are also good.

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Also get yourself a wind-up torch radio combo and a good weighty knife, one that can be used for chopping, battoning. I reccomend the fallkiven A1, it is very expensive and there are good cheaper alternatives.

I've forgotton where you posted from whilst writing this but here is a great site with an excellent customer service record.

[link to www.heinnie.com]
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Look at outdoor retailers, this does mean spending some money but you will get the most hardwearing clothing from them, Montane terra pants are great and I live in them. Non Cotton t-shirts from these places are great also, comfy, hard wearing (as a rule) and fast drying. Also Consider a good quality poncho, can be used as waterproof, windbreak, pack cover, tarp, to carry large amounts of water etc etc etc. Get a good pair of boots, try them on before you buy and wear them in a bit. Look for a bracelet made from paracord and get a few bandana's.. some uses include neck gaiter for cold weather or sun block for hot, pot holder, collecting berriers in, first aid sling, cordage, washcloth, sweatband, eye patch, dust mask.. you get the idea. Buffs are also good.

[link to www.youtube.com]

Also get yourself a wind-up torch radio combo and a good weighty knife, one that can be used for chopping, battoning. I reccomend the fallkiven A1, it is very expensive and there are good cheaper alternatives.

I've forgotton where you posted from whilst writing this but here is a great site with an excellent customer service record.

[link to www.heinnie.com]
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No idea why I double posted !
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Invisibility cloak.

Note in the graphic the person wearing the invisibility cloak doesn't get splattered:

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I don't think it will matter at all, we are all doomed!
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I am dressing like this 5aDont shoot!
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No one can deny we are living in precarious times, whether its a "worldwide doom" or not, disaster can strike when you least expect it, not making any preparations if the worste happens, especially if you can see it going down is just foolish.
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The key to clothing is layering. You can add layers to protect from cold temperatures and decrease layers to protect from heat. Begin with the base layer. Silk, synthetics that wick moisture from the skin are most appropriate for base layer clothing. These are usually sold as tops and bottoms with long sleeves and legs. A good set will cost around $50 to $150 but would last you until the end of time. Check brands from Cabelas, Ex-Officio, UnderArmor, Polartec, etc.

Equally as important is temperature protection for the extremeties of feet, hands, head. Same considerations for keeping moisture in check and away from the skin while providing a layer of protection from the elements of nature. Other considerations would be deciding if you want to blend into the background or stand out so you won't become a target for being mistaken as an animal in the sights of a gun. The color of clothing is a major consideration.

Next layers should include a light fabric top and bottom made from cotton/synthetic blend. On top of that should be a warmer fabric such as fleece/flannel in a heavier weight. Next layer would be outerwear that's capable of being waterproof both for warm and cold temps.

Footwear and socks are imperative to keep feet dry and protected. Allow for an extra set.

I wear vests with many pockets. It's amazing what you can stuff into pockets.
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Designer Clothing... Channel, Coach, Etienne Aigner.... I want to go out in style
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Your Birthday Suit!!!!!!!!!!
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The key to clothing is layering. You can add layers to protect from cold temperatures and decrease layers to protect from heat. Begin with the base layer. Silk, synthetics that wick moisture from the skin are most appropriate for base layer clothing. These are usually sold as tops and bottoms with long sleeves and legs. A good set will cost around $50 to $150 but would last you until the end of time. Check brands from Cabelas, Ex-Officio, UnderArmor, Polartec, etc.

Equally as important is temperature protection for the extremeties of feet, hands, head. Same considerations for keeping moisture in check and away from the skin while providing a layer of protection from the elements of nature. Other considerations would be deciding if you want to blend into the background or stand out so you won't become a target for being mistaken as an animal in the sights of a gun. The color of clothing is a major consideration.

Next layers should include a light fabric top and bottom made from cotton/synthetic blend. On top of that should be a warmer fabric such as fleece/flannel in a heavier weight. Next layer would be outerwear that's capable of being waterproof both for warm and cold temps.

Footwear and socks are imperative to keep feet dry and protected. Allow for an extra set.

I wear vests with many pockets. It's amazing what you can stuff into pockets.
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Goofy Thum


Agree with all this post, cargo trousers are also good for pockets but stay away from cotton unless its nylon based cotton.
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also look for silver infused underwear and socks since you wont be bathing often.
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Coveralls with a trapdoor in the rear for speedy crapping in inclement weather.
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Coveralls with a trapdoor in the rear for speedy crapping in inclement weather.
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LOL, or you could just wear an adult diaper.

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I will be dressed in what calls to my spirit until death. Fuck that survivalist bullshit.
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your nice light blue fema jumpsuit.
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[link to www.drizabone.com.au]
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Ridgeline:

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I will be dressed in what calls to my spirit until death. Fuck that survivalist bullshit.
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If your so sure of death why not jump of a bridge. It is not bullshit to make preparations, everyone should do it, if they did there would be a lot less deaths in the world even today.

My reccomends:

keep the weight as low as you can with everything without sacrificing durability or usefulness. no more than 10 - 12 kg.

A bag to put everything in, the obvious choice is a rucksack as 70% of the weight gets transfered to your hips and you have both hands free, I wouldn't go the hold all way. Weight of this item no more than 1.5 kg.


AS THE THREAD - Good clothing (read above)

weight no more than 3KG


wind-up torch radio, can't run out of batteries and may give you vital info, go for a good brand. weight of this item no more than 300g.

lighters / fire making equipment, there are many commercial fire starters, grab a few different kinds. weight of this one more than... 200g.

A good knife that can be used for chopping, a knife is the ultimate multi-funtional item, with it you can make almost anything else you may need if you have the knowledge from fire starting to shelters, food prep etc, keep a sharpening tool with it, weight no more than 350g.

Shelter, this depends a lot on where you live, you may need a good strong tent or a tarp may surfice. heaviest weight would be a 4 season tent, no more than 2 KG.

Poncho, so many uses as I said earlier and there cheap, get one !

Water-filter, quite obvious why, if you need to take water from a pond or puddle, clean the stuff first. weight no more than 750g (thinking of the heavy duty one I have)

A Pot, cook with, boil water and a spork or similair! Weight no more than 250g.
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Fubu.
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AND grab and reference book of the wild foods that grow in your area.
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Depends a lot on where you live. I live where it's pretty cold and wet in the winter. I always keep a bugout bag in my car along with hiking boots, heavy coat, blanket, mittens, hat and scarf. My bugout bag has water, freeze dried food, first aide kit etc and I have a fold out bike in my car as well since I work about 26 miles from where I live.
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Wear a nice body bag!
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2 Million Sun Block.
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Undies on the outside.
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I'm stealing some kids Air Jordan's, first thing. As soon as the shit splatters and while it's still warm.
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Invisibility cloak.

Note in the graphic the person wearing the invisibility cloak doesn't get splattered:

sfan
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tounge
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Rule #1 NO Cotton.

The saying goes: Cotton Kills.

Cotton will trap the water next to the surface of you skin and will steal away your warmth. Unlike synthetics or wool that will wick moisture away from the skin.


Wool and synthetics are also much warmer when they are wet compared to cotton. It retains its insulative properties when damp while cotton will rob you of heat.


So no cotton socks, no cotton underwear, no cotton shirts, no cotton pants ect. !!!!


Rule #2 Wool is better then Synthetics.


Since we know the cotton is a bad idea the other choices we have are wool and synthetics. Syn is stuff like poly pro and fleece.

Best best wool is merino wool because it is soft. Wool is superior because it wicks as well as synthetics but it does not get stinky as fast. So when you wear wool you dont have to worry about B.O. But with Synthetics you will notice it sooner.

Wear wool socks. When you hike you wont get blisters like you would with cotton socks. Have a backup pair in your pack.

Wear a wool baselayer. Its basicaly thermal long underwear.

Get a wool or synthetic T shirt, it can still keep you cool in the summer.

Use the baselayer wool bottoms with a polyester shell pants and rain pants over them if it rains.

I have some for winter that are a heavy shell and some for summer that zip off at the legs into shorts.

Bring camp shoes like Crocs.

I have wool glove liners, fleece gloves, goretex mittens, wool balaclava, fleece face mask, windproof fleece hats, windproof fleece jacket, then when I sleep in my hammock I change into the spare socks, baselayer and I have special sleeping fleece pants that are thermal and soft also a fleece thermal jacket. The hammock has a down underquilt and down topquilt. I wear a wool hat in the hammock with the facemask if its cold and some of my fleece gloves with liners.

A down parka and down pants are great for winter camping. Along with some winter gloves to go over the fleece if needed.

Rule #3 is to keep stuff light.


Even tho I mentioned alot of stuff my entire baseweight including my pack is only 16 pounds.

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