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Have Proper Clothing For Your Survival Situation

December 27, 2010 by  

Have Proper Clothing For Your Survival Situation

Clothing is an item oft-overlooked when people begin preparing for a survival scenario. But, Jack Spigarelli notes in his Crisis Preparedness Handbook, surviving without the civilized comforts we’ve become accustomed to places a burden on the clothes we wear.

So Spigarelli recommends setting aside enough ready-to-wear clothing, or the fabric and materials to make it, to last at least one year.

He recommends good quality outdoor clothing such as that made by Filson, Pendleton or Woolrich. He writes that tightly woven fabric is more snag and tear resistant and wears longer. However, loosely woven fabrics are warmer.

Natural fabrics like wool and cotton are more absorbent, and wool retains its insulating properties even when wet. But synthetics have greater strength, resist abrasion and mildew better and dry more quickly. Gore-Tex and similar fabrics, which are waterproof but breathable, are essential, and fleece items are important to have, Spigarelli writes.

In his book, Spigarelli has a table of the basic clothing needs for one person for one year. He recommends adapting the list to age, sex, climate and lifestyle, but it is a great reference for a starting point. Here’s what he says you need:

  • Eight sets underwear (two long)
  • One pajamas or nightgown
  • One warm robe
  • Two t-shirts
  • Two cotton turtle-neck shirts
  • One straw hat
  • One knit cap or balaclava
  • One heavy-duty work belt
  • One pair suspenders
  • One or two sweaters
  • Two pair leather work gloves
  • One pair winter gloves, mittens or inserts
  • Two pair work shoes or boots
  • One pair waterproof boots/overshoes
  • Two pair shoelaces per pair of shoes
  • 12 pair socks (eight light, four heavy)
  • Four pair of jeans, pants, overalls
  • One pair heavy wool pants
  • Two to four work shirts (chambray, etc.)
  • Two cotton flannel shirts (chamois, etc.)
  • Two heavy wool shirts
  • One water-repellant windbreaker
  • One winter work coat
  • One heavy-duty parka

For shoes, be sure they are well-fitting and broken it. It won’t do to don a new pair and then set out on a bug-out that requires you to walk many miles. Your feet will be protesting quickly.

And don’t forget to store foot powder. And keep a supply of moleskin in your first-aid kit to help with blisters and other foot sores.

And one final tip; wear a thin pair of socks over a thicker pair to help avoid blisters if you’re going to be on your feet for a long time.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Bill Snyder

    When I lived in Ohio & worked as a traveling insurance agent I always kept emergency supplies in my car.
    These included: Jone hand warmer and a week’s supply of lighter fluid for it; thermal boots; a hood; gloves; a blanket; flashlight; ski mask; candy canes (which I bought each Dec. 26) and beef jerky in my glove compartment; a shovel in the trunk and kitty litter for traction; a Stanley thermos with hot coffee (the cup may also be used to melt snow over the hand warmer which most of the time would be inside my coat, but outside my shirts [I dressed in layers] next to my chest and stomach).

  • sean murrey

    i always dress for winter i have native american clothes made of animal skins and a fur hat.i have jewely of native american.

  • dan

    …good tips on the hand warmer(far safer than candles…although candles give light and illumination means visibility)Having been
    camping at-45,Fleece inside a Gore-tex shell is your friend.Remember,your hands and feet freeze first…hoodies and mittens!
    Practice making a snowcave with the kids while on vacation…
    fun/instructional/bonding and FUN…don’t forget the oxygen/excess moisture/carbon MONoxide ventilation.Staying dry is staying warm…
    staying hydrated is as important as a positive outlook….and if all else fails,hypothermia isn’t such a bad way to go once you get past the shivering.Don’t forget the instant cocoa…marsh-mellows optional.

  • dan

    forgot to mention/warn:don’t take off your wet boots or they’ll freeze
    and you won’t get frozen boots back on…until you figure out how to thaw them.Fleece slippers and socks inside vapor/water barrier (think muk-luk or buckel-arctics)are good …paks are good if you can keep liners dry (I use plastic grocery bags over my wool socks…makes slipping the pacs off and on easier,too) but take a LONG time to warm if you’ve let them get cold.

  • JimH

    Even though camo isn’t my color, military and hunting clothes are made for outdoor function and not style. They are durable and warm.

    • Yankee Will

      I agree Jim. My hunting coat is a field jacket with liner I bought at an Army-Navy store a few years back. I’ve never had a warmer coat…except maybe the snorkle hooded coat I had as a kid! And with the field jacket, if you get too hot, you can remove the liner.

    • dans-in-co

      Camo is my favorite color!!
      For cheap warm clothes, check at places such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and such 2nd hand thrift stores. I’ve found *brand new*
      clothing that still had store tags on it at those stores. I’ve found
      $50.00 woolly-pully sweaters for $5. Lots of fleece for next to
      nothing. 3/4 of the stack of sweatshirts in my closet are from
      Goodwill and I’m wearing one right now. Heavy weight military surplus
      wool pants, coveralls, storm gear, etc, etc. Very cheap to pick up
      a survival closet and not have to worry if you don’t wear them.
      Very inexpensive insurance. Never have found good boots though.

  • Don

    Want to keep your hands and feet from freezing?
    Cross your legs at the ankles.
    Put your ungloved hands inside your coat in your arm pits.
    Try it!

  • FreedomFighter

    Always carry a white 100% terry cotton hand towel, size it to be easy to carry.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • dans-in-co

      Why? Is that to surrender? Your ‘Semper Fi’ tag line tells me that
      is not the reason. What is your reasoning?

  • Christin

    Lots of good info… thanks guys.

    Kind of hard to plan ahead with proper clothing for our kids who are growing with every breath!

  • http://BobLivingston Dianne of Wash.

    Thought I’d mention, just in case someone doesn’t know this….that Cayenne pepper is an added help in keeping those feet and hands warm..
    put it inside your socks and ‘then’ put them on…just remember if you put it in your gloves, that it’s on your hands/fingers later…so don’t rub your eyes! If you do, it can’t hurt your eyes or ‘any’ body part! It may burn, but that will be all….cayenne is good for every single cell in the body, and can only be beneficial!

  • Nancy

    Don’t forget about a snow-mobile suit. They’re great for winter wear, whether snow-blowing or just out enjoying the snow.

  • JC

    For the cold dress in layers.
    First layer tight to the skin.
    Other layers loose and of fleece.
    Cover your head completely.
    Outer layers should be wind and water resistant.
    Stay dry. Keep a flint handy for fire.
    Test your rig by going out in the cold and just stand still.
    If you freeze….you’ve done it wrong.

  • James

    There is a relatively new product line out called Sealskinz. They are waterproof gloves and socks that still allow relative freedom of movement and grip, but keep you dry. Of course, you can layer them if needed for warmth, but dry is a mandatory.

  • MashedTaters

    Sounds like a kings baggage train. What are you planning for anyway? Best head south where the climate is always warm, clothes are not needed, and freexing to death is optional. Modern people need modern clothing which they have no idea how to make outside of the vanishing few who used to work in the textile industry. If the unthinkable happens, the clothes you have will last a year or two roughing it. After that, you will have to go primative because the clothing industry has already been destroyed in the US and the foreignors will get a kick out of laughing at our nakedness.

    By the way, I hear that fat Yankee chix are not allowed in the South.

    • JimH

      Hi Mashed, It looks like fat Yankee chix should look into a good pair of longjohns.

  • Common Tater

    Today I was out running barefoot along the river in 35 degrees, which is cold for my Cali butt. And my feet eventually went numb, then my ankles started to go numb. I found it helps to just keep talking (I had shoed company.) I didn’t think of the problems down below unless I stopped yakking. When I got back to the truck it was hard to get my wool socks on and difficult to drive for a while. Anyway, freezing really sucks and since there’s an ice age coming, docha know? — I’d recommend the thickest cashmere and alpaca you can get your hands on. Slather it all over.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Best thing for close to the skin is china silk!! Try it, it’s cheap and warm in layers!! Also wicks perspiration from the skin!!

  • Traci

    I have a custom boot shop and do repairs as well….custom is wonderful but if your on a tight budget boots and shoes made 5 years ago are so much better than what is being made in china…now is a good time to get resoled and or have sole savers put on bottoms…my great great almost 90 year old aunt says during the war there were shoe rations and every time she would get a pair she would have them double soled so they would last longer because she never knew how long she would have to go before getting another pair! I have sold more refurbished used boots in the last few months than I have sold in years…Most shoes now are lasting 3 months tops and fall apart very easily… they are made to be thrown away…Ive heard at least 1000 xs Ive only wore these a couple of times and its not in my budget to by another pair…Im not just taking walmart and payless…please read the labels!!! made in USA is best!!!


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