(ModernSurvival.org) – Most people don’t give a second thought to their clothing beyond how it looks. In truth, though, clothing can save lives — or cost them — in a survival situation. This is why choosing the right survival clothing is so important.
When shopping for survival clothing, be it for camping, hiking, or even for surviving the end of the world as we know it (TEOTWAWKI), there are some important factors to consider before making a purchase.
Know Your Environment
The first point to consider when selecting survival clothing is the environment in which it will be worn. Will the destination be hot or cold? Is there a possibility of bad weather? Does the temperature change drastically between night and day?
At first glance, these may seem like simple questions. After all, if it gets cold, a person can just add more layers. Layering clothing is extremely important to survival; however, the types of fabric the layers are made of are just as important.
Know Your Fabrics
Some fabrics are great for hot climates, but will get a person killed in the cold (and vice versa). For example, cotton is a fantastic choice for hot climates, as it will absorb and retain moisture, helping to keep a person cool. In a cold environment, cotton can kill because the moisture it traps sucks the warmth out of the body (potentially leading to hypothermia).
On the flip side of this coin, fabrics that provide high levels of insulation, such as down or polyester, can lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke. This is precisely why knowing the environment and the appropriate fabrics for it is so important.
The clothing a person chooses to wear is the first line of defense against the elements. Having the right clothing for the environment can mean the difference between life and death. For more information on how to layer clothing for survival, check out our article here.
~Here’s to Your Survival!
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