Clothing will not be optional in a post SHTF world, it will be critical!
Hello, my friend and welcome back! I watched a movie the other night about a disaster and half way through the movie the people were running around in rags or worn out clothes. When disaster hits and it all goes to hell, you will not only need clothing, but it will be a necessity to have the right kind as well. This is the subject of today’s post, so grab some coffee and have a seat while we visit.
Let’s start with why you need to keep clothing in your preps. I can tell you from experience that there is not much that is worse than being caught outdoors while being wet, freezing or both. It simply makes you miserable all the way to the bone. It can make a bad situation feel insurmountable. You should keep several changes of clothing, including socks and underwear, in a watertight container with your Preps at all times for you and each family member.
Something many people don’t really give much thought to is to keep the right clothes as well. What do I mean by that? To start with, you will want to keep some clothing that is too small for you, maybe one or two sizes at least. You see when the SHTF, one thing is for certain and that is no one is going to be gaining weight for quite a while.
In fact, pretty much all of us will begin losing weight as we start rationing our food supplies and exerting much more energy than normal. Gone will be the days of sitting, looking at computer monitors or watching TV. This will be replaced with long days of busting your butt hunting, fishing and gardening not to mention maintaining security. You will lose weight whether you want to or not. This makes the need for smaller size clothing mandatory if you want to be comfortable while working your butt off.
What other things should be considered when selecting what clothing items to store up? You will need to plan for the fact that there will be no air-conditioning (in all likely hood), and no central heat as well. You need to dress for the extremes of each season. In the summer, you’re going to want to have lightweight and breathable clothing for working outside and inside. There are many on the market, as well as clothing that repels water and dries quickly. A summer hat that protects the back of your neck and you face should be in preps too.
I know a lot of people will be packing shorts, but be sure to add long pants and long sleeves to your clothing items because the presence of bugs and mosquitos will increase dramatically. With all of the dead animals and possibly human bodies lying around, flies will be caring germs and sickness and you will want to protect yourself from that as well. Will also protect you from sunburns!
The winters will be hard if you’re not prepared with the right clothing. Staying comfortable in the winter will be just as much of a challenge as staying cool in the summer. Because you will be exerting a lot of energy outside, and sweating, that overstuffed coat of yours will not be what you want to wear. One of the worst mistakes you can make is to work up a sweat and then let yourself get cold in the winter. Once again, the common cold could become deadly. Wear clothing, that while still providing a decent level of warmth, will still allow you to vent the heat that your body will be creating. You need to plan for it because chopping wood to cook with or warm your home will be hot sweaty work. A warm hat that covers the ears, ski masks to protect your nose and eyes, all a good idea, not to mention WARM work gloves and wool socks.
Everyone being from different areas of the country will have to decide based on what their weather is like. Like here, the summers are the worse. My wife….can not tolerate the heat…pray for me! LOL Take the time to sit down and work through the different types of environment challenges you may face and then plan accordingly. Don’t leave to chance that you will have what you need when the time comes because it could cost you your life. Think and prepare wisely for any and all situations, and just maybe you will survive when so many others do not. I recently read where the President of Venezuela told the people to eat their pets to keep from starving. I guess he doesn’t get out much because those were eaten a while back… and it could happen here as well.
Well, that is it for today and I hope you have found this post helpful. Until next time, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!