Dealing with clothing issues in a post SHTF world is something you need to think about now.

Hello my friend and welcome back!  Dealing with clothing issues in a post SHTF world is something many Preppers don’t really put a lot of thought into.  I suppose that they think that there will be plenty of clothing left in the stores so they can just go take what they want.  I honestly doubt it will be quite that simple and that my friend is the topic of today’s post. Grab yourself a cup of coffee and have a seat while we talk.

My wife was after me to go buy some new cloths the other day and while some people love to shop, I am not one of them.  If it were left up to me, I would wear the same pair of jeans until they fell off of me because when I find something that I like, I tend to stick with it.  Now add to that the fact that If I had my way, I would wear my jeans, tee-shirt, boots and a baseball cap all the time.  Unfortunately, however, my Pastor and my wife seem to feel that I should dress up for Church.  Now it’s one thing to have my wife mad at me, but the thought of having her and God both upset with me is a bit more than I am willing to risk.  So why am I telling you this?  It is to illustrate how our clothing is a part of who we are and you can tell a lot about a person by the way they dress.  It will be the same in a post collapse world.

In a post collapse world, many will be walking around in rags that are several sizes too big due to weight lost from starvation. You will also see people walking around in nicely washed fatigues, I would be willing to bet. I am sure there will also be a few in jeans and tee-shirts that fit as well.  Why such a large difference you might wonder?  The simple truth of the matter is that some will be prepared and others will not.  When it all falls apart, regardless of the reason, certain things are sure to happen.  Rioting and looting for one.  Then the burning of stores out of anger over the what has happened is a pretty much a sure bet.  Some people will destroy stores without even realizing that they will someday need the items in the store.  They will be too busy stealing big screen TVs and other electronics to even think about the clothes that they may need in the future.  By the time they do realize it, it will be too late and nothing can be done about it.  Many Preppers don’t really stop to think about this. They are more concerned about eating and surviving than looking good, and rightfully so.

As I mentioned before, clothing will be very important in a post collapse world, not to look good, but for protection from the elements.  Without antibiotics for scratches and cuts, you will need to protect yourself every way you can.  This will mean wearing good strong work cloths to protect you from both the elements as well as the environment.  In other words, good clothing will become essential. To your very survival in a post collapse world.

The big question that most Preppers have is just how and what do the store up in their preps to handle this situation?  The best way is to start today to think about it and add what you will need to your preps.  There are however a few things that you will need to think about when preparing.  Naturally, as an adult, we will all be losing weight and need smaller sizes in clothing, due to reduced calorie intake and additional labor requirements.  Surviving in a world without all of the little conveniences we have grown accustom to will require much more calories than normal and we will be burning much more than normal as well.  The end result will be the need to store up smaller sizes of our favorite sturdy clothing in our preps today while we still can.  Now shoes may surprise you as far as what you need to store up.  If you don’t normally do a lot of walking today, then you may want to store up some shoes that are a size bigger than you normally wear today.  Why you may ask?  It is because when you do a lot of walking, your feet flatten out and get longer.  It sounds crazy I know, but believe it is true.  Just ask anyone who sells running shoes and they will tell you!  I learned this when I took up running in my younger days.  You need to prepare for this and be ready with shoes that will fit when the time comes.

Something else to consider is that children and teenagers will grow even if they do have reduced calories.  While they may not grow as fast, they will grow none the less and you need to have clothes and shoes to fit them in larger sizes as well.  The other thing you will need to consider is your ability to repair and to make clothing should the need arise.  Learn now how to sew and add sewing supplies to your preps as well.  Knowing how to repair clothing and even make new clothing is a skill that will be in great demand when it all falls apart.  Learning how to recycle old clothing into useful items such as filters and bandages will be important as well.  Just remember that there may be no store with viable clothing in it in a post collapse world and you need to take action now to be sure you will have what you need.

Well that is it for today and I hope you have enjoyed today’s post so until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared.  God bless America!

-The Sargent-

The Sgt.

Prepper, Patriot, and Proud U.S. ARMY Veteran.

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9 Responses

  1. mophead says:

    It used to be, whenever I gained or lost weight, I’d donate or give away clothes that no longer fit me. Not anymore. Luckily, I have space to store those clothes, just in case I need them again. I also have clothes my ex left here, stuff he had saved that no longer fit. He also had a bad habit of buying multiple packages of socks, then realizing they weren’t the type he liked. I have those now. When I need to buy socks/underwear for myself, I buy an extra pack or two. I lucked into a treadle sewing machine a while back, so I plan to alter clothing, if necessary. I’ve stocked up on extra needles and thread for this purpose too..

    • The Sargent says:

      Good Job! Sounds like you are on the right track!

    • Brum says:

      mophead, your treadle sewing machine and sewing skills at altering and making clothing will be a great barter trade. Don’t forget to buy some spare parts and at least one extra belt for your machine. Socks also make a great barter trade. Brum

      • mophead says:

        Luckily, when I got the treadle machine, the drawers of the cabinet held extra supplies, including a belt!

  2. yooper says:

    sargent, you can also go to senior citizens centers that sell cloths at cheep prices and pick up cloths . where i live, we pay $ 3 a paper bag full. I am like you, if i could get away with it, i also would wear the same cloths.

  3. Linda Smith says:

    This may be true for men but I’ll bet almost every woman has a variety of “too small” clothes that we’re going to get back into “someday”. Haha Seriously, good article. It’s important for parents to “buy ahead” in sizes if they having growing kids.

  4. Jeff says:

    Good article. I think post SHTF underwear will be hard to find and expensive. I began stockpiling this a couple years ago. I think I have enough to last the rest of my life at this point. It’s not something you can get used at thrift stores (gross!). It seems to not last as long as other clothing. Under shirts and socks should also be stockpiled. I would really hate to not have good, clean underwear every day. Men can get them by the 5, 6 and 7 packs at Walmart. Talk about a barter item! Start picking up a pack whenever you go and before you know it you’ll have plenty.

  5. Hannah says:

    After WWII, my relatives in Germany asked my grandparents in the US if they could send them aid. They didn’t ask for food or tools or weapons for defense. They asked for material and any sewing supplies that could be spared. Their need for clothing to withstand the elements outweighed their need for the other preps people tend to stock. Thank you for the article.