What Type of Survival Clothing Should I Pack?

Putting together a survival kit in case of emergencies or disaster is part of being a responsible adult. To protect yourself and your family, put together a kit of emergency preparedness items that will get you through should a need ever arise. What you put in your kit is important, and there are many lists out there that outline the many different items that you should include. Survival clothing is one of the items that is almost always included on that list.

What Qualifies As Survival Clothing?

Unfortunately those lists don’t always specify exactly what you need. So the words extra clothing or survival clothing might not come across as anything very special or important.

When you are stuck in your home or car without power during a snowstorm, survival clothing will have more meaning to you. And when you are walking miles and miles across a desert after being stranded due to car troubles, survival clothing will have more meaning to you. No matter what situation you may find yourself in, survival clothing is an important part of emergency preparedness.

Harsh Weather Months

Survival clothing is especially important during the harsh weather months when temperatures can soar or plummet, and the weather is doing nothing to help you stay safe. Depending on where you are, the temperatures alone could hurt you, not to mention rain, snow, and all sorts of inclement weather. The clothing that you are wearing, and the extra items you have with you, can make all the difference when it comes to saving your life.

Winter

In the winter, of course, your main goals are to stay warm and dry. Extra sweaters, coats, socks, and proper footwear like boots are all important items to keep on hand. Gloves, hats, and socks are small items that can save your life.

Summer

Summer is all about sun protection. Sunscreen, hats, scarves, and protective eyewear can all help keep you safe from the harsh rays of the sun.

Lightweight, light colored, long sleeved shirts that cover you up without overheating you are a good idea to keep as well. As much as you’ll want to strip off every piece of clothing you have just to stay cool, your clothes help keep the sun off and moisture in.

Milder Weather Months

While the harsher weather months are certainly more dangerous, do not underestimate the dangers of the seemingly mild weather months. Spring and fall might offer more comfortable weather, but there are still extremes to fight.

Spring

No matter how mild it is, remember to protect yourself from the sun all year long. On top of your sun protective gear, you will want to have something warm with you as well. It might be too warm during the day, and then temperatures could plummet at night and during the early morning, so be ready for anything.

Fall

Just like spring, temperatures can be erratic during the fall. When you are out walking all day long without shelter, the sun can become dangerous. Conversely, temperatures can still fall below freezing so you have to be ready for whatever the weather throws at you.

All-Weather Items

No matter what season, there are some survival clothing items that should be kept at all times. Depending on where you are or your own preferences, you may need to add to this basic list:

* Gloves
* Waterproof and sun blocking hat
* Parka or rain jacket
* Snow/rain boots

Putting together a survival kit is one step that you are taking to keep you and your family safe. Understanding why each item is needed can help you make good decisions about what goes into your survival kit. Survival clothing can vary from season to season, and according to the area you live in.

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One Man’s Story: Alone in the Wilderness

There was a man who had a dream, and he had the courage to do what it took to make that dream a reality. He decided he wanted to live alone in the wild. He was to live his life in a land where it hasn’t been touched by another huyman. He wanted to connect with nature and his own self thoughts. He became a self sufficient craftsman which helped him build a log cabin on a site that was idyllic, and was to be alone in the wilderness.

Who was this man?

His name is Dick Proenneke and he retired when he was 50 years old in 1967, then he decided to build a cabin on the shores of Twin Lake in the Alaskan wilderness. He spent his first summer in Alaska, and he went looking for the ideal site. When he found his land he begun to cut the logs and peel them for his cabin. The next summer, he returned to finish creating the cabin where he would live for more than 30 years. His story can be found in the DVD or video, “Alone in the Wilderness.” Because Dick filmed his adventures, he was later able to make the film into a video so that everyone can share in his adventures of living alone in the wilderness.

For over thirty years he lived in the Alaskan Bush with just grizzlies and wolves as his neighbors. His only modes of transportation were his own two feet and his canoe. Dick kept a daily journal of his life at Twin Lakes, but he was also smart enough to capture it on film for the rest of the world to take inspiration from seeing.

Dick Proenneke also made two follow up films to “Alone in the Wilderness.” “Alaska Silence and Solitude” was filmed 20 years after his first film. He was visited by Bob Swerer and his son, where the scenery is still breathtaking and the wildlife roams in abundance. The final film of the series, “The Frozen North” is Dick’s own account of his life alone in the wilderness that he had the foresight to document on film.

A good friend of Dick’s created a book version of his journal that he kept during his Alaskan sojourn. It is called, “One Man’s Wilderness, An Alaskan Odyssey.” It contains Dick’s pictures and excerpts from his journal, and chronicles from when Dick arrived in Alaska on May 17th, 1968. It follows Dick through the process of building his log cabin with his own two hands and tells of his reflections living through a cold harsh winter, alone in the wilderness with just wildlife for companionship.

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