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From head to toe, preppers should plan their bugout clothing. Preppers spend hours
on their
bugout bags, but often overlook another essential element of their survival
plan: their bugout clothes!

Preppers should have clothes and shoes next to their bugout bags or already
packed inside, so that, time permitting, they can get into their essential gear. Your
bugout clothes should be ready to go. It's essential to plan your clothing correctly
and also to remember that you may not have time to slip into them.

Below are ten essential considerations for picking your bugout clothes

10 Considerations for Selecting your Bugout Clothes
What clothing will you bring to bug out? Our list may surprise you. You can pack a
few key clothes in your bag to protect you from the elements. Here are ten
considerations for bugout clothing for preppers and survivalists:

#1: Choose appropriate color of clothing.
When it comes to bugout clothes, color matters.

Should you wear bright colors?
You don't want to wear bright colors in the woods because the mere vibrancy
attracts too much attention.

  • Did you know mosquitoes prefer blue? Who knew? According to Bradford
    Angier, in his book How to stay alive in the woods, mosquitoes prefer blue.
    Because blue is "particularly attractive to these pests," you may like to choose
    another color to wear while camping or bugging out. Also he divulges that wet
    clothing is more appealing to mosquitoes than dry by about four times as
    much, so stay dry and un-blue to avoid mosquitoes!

Should you wear a ghillie suit? Should you wear camouflage?
Re-think a prepper favorite: camouflage. Wearing camouflage in an urban setting is
a mistake because you may be mistaken for military in urban settings, and if the
whole family is wearing camouflage it will certainly look unusual, and you all become
suspect for having supplies. Avoid looking like a survivalist who is prepared.

What colors are good?  
Mix your tactical wardrobe with drab olive or grays and navy, so you get the benefits
of tactical camouflage without looking like a band of military personnel or a
survivalists who have something valuable. Your
bugout bag should also not look too
military. Above, the Bear grylls shirt in drab olive has a sleeve rollup-option. Black is
an excellent color choice because you can fade away into the night and go most

#2: Pack waterproof clothing.
You'll need to select clothes that have a measure of protection against the rain and
dampness of morning. Grangers one-step wash and waterproof system provides
superb stain resistance with no loss of breathable performance. Pictured immediate
right, Granger's is specially formulated to clean and reproof all outdoor gear in one
wash cycle. Powerful cleaning combined with durable water repellency enhances the
performance of all fabrics. Saves time, energy and water. Restores repellency.
Removes odors and is scent free. Many preppers also include a bathing suit in their
preps, which is not a bad idea.

#3: Wear warm clothing.
Chilly nights will wear on an individual quickly, and in blizzard conditions will prove
deadly. Warm clothes are essential for survival even if you bugout in the Summer or
live in the desert. Wool is an excellent choice, provided you are not allergic to wool.  
Conversely, make sure to pack layers so that you'll also have clothes to cool down
in. While you should wear warm clothing by day, when you snuggle into a sleeping
bag, it's actually better not to wear much.

#4: Select breathable Clothing.
Clothes should provide some "breathing room" allowing you to sweat. Again, wool is
an excellent choice. Layering can help. Look for jackets that have under arm zips to
allow heat to escape. There's nothing worse than 100% cotton while hiking up a
sweat because once it gets wet hypothermia sets in. Cotton doesn't repel water
and this makes it very difficult to get dry again. Avid backpackers call cotton "the
devil's cloth."

#5: Clothing with Pockets.
Clothing is a great place to tuck some hard candies, and extra articles of comfort.
Look for clothing with pockets. Your clothes can also help you carry a wide range of
useful items, including:
  • small flashlight, lighter or matches
  • multi tools and knives
  • lip balms (such as Chapstick or Blistix)
  • compass
  • bandanna, bandages, antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment

#6: Flame Resistant clothing.
You'll be building more fires when SHTF, so you'll need a measure or protection
against flames. Protect your clothing with Fireguard spray, right. Nontoxic and non-
carcinogenic for people and pets. It's main goal is to prevent fabrics from ignition
and spread of fire, so you can use it on household fabrics, draperies and curtains,
upholstery, and other natural and synthetic materials (with the exception of
leather). Interior furnishings are the number one contributing factor to the swift
spread of fire and smoke within a home, so this may be part of your overall shelter
plans to mitigate threats from marauders on your home fortress.

#7: Clothes appropriate for the terrain.
Think about your bugout clothing in terms of the terrain in your locale and customize
your clothing to your climate, for example:

  • If you have kids and live near the snow, then you'll want to pack Tuffo
    Muddy Overalls, pictured at the bottom right of the page.

#8: Consider Insect repelling clothing.
You can buy clothes that repel insects! Insect repelling, long-sleeve women's crew
neck shirt, pictured left. This insect repelling, long-sleeve women's crew neck shirt is
odorless, and has an invisible insect shield that repels mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies,
chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums) for 70 washes!

#9: Go Bulletproof? (Maybe!)
In urban settings, you may like to bugout in a bullet proof helmet or a bullet proof
vest or at least have them available in your bugout vehicle. While having these
items might weigh you down in a bag, they could prove essential in uncertain times.
A fair warning is that they will also make you a target. Again, you'll look too military!
Kevlar is a relatively lightweight option at only 4.85lbs / 2.2Kg, and you can conceal
the vest under your clothes. Wear helmets only in situations you already anticipate
to be aggressive, such as crossing bridges or entering tunnels, which are best
avoided anyway.

  • Shopping tip: Many online listings will use the term "bullet-proof style" --
    these are not actually bulletproof. They merely have a look consistent with
    clothing that really is bulletproof.

#10: No provocative attire (e.g., no short shorts). Look professional.
Whether you're male or female, observe the dress code you have at work. Look like
a professional. And here's the reason why...

  • Women: Don't dress in anything too provocative as with short shorts, or you
    may attract attention from unwanted males. Remember, you are packing
    clothes for a world without rule of law and for this reason alone, women
    become targets. Opt for lightweight leggings in hot weather or pants that
    cover the knees. Slips, trips and falls happen and so kneecaps should have
    some protection for mishaps. Dress the part of a typical "soccer mom," and
    you'll look non-threatening. In this way you can get out of Dodge!

  • Men: If you look like the typical working professional, you will not appear to be
    a threat, and you will blend and look like the other sheeple. Wear a nice a
    button down shirt (and not a T-shirt) to elevate your status as someone who
    is polished. The EMT pants, pictured left, are a great start to your attire
    because you won't come off looking like a military professional. You'll look
    helpful and non-threatening. Think of it as your prepper uniform! If you come
    bearing down with tactical and a full "Duck Dynasty" beard, you may come
    across as threatening. Your goal should be to avoid confrontation and get out
    of Dodge.

Here is a list of essential bugout clothes to pack:

  • Tactical Jacket: Look for a jacket that has plenty of layering options and
    zippers for ventilation and protection from the elements.

  • Tactical shirt: With Nyco rip-stop sleeves, the tactical shirt has an element of
    fire retardant -- the vest portion resists melting and dripping! Look for jackets
    and shirts with “pit zips”, these allow you to open or close to help you
    regulate whether you want to cool off or warm up.

  • Tactical pants. Sure they are fade, wrinkle, and shrink resistant, but the
    important features are that the tactical pants, pictured left, are crafted with a
    heavy duty double seat and double knee. Loaded with pockets they're made
    of DuPont Teflon treatment that resists liquids and stain.

  • Heavy duty work gloves: Packing gloves for warmth is a good idea to pack.
    Heavy duty work gloves are essential to your survival as you'll be doing work
    from carrying fire wood and creating shelter. Hatch Specialist All-Weather
    Shooting/Duty Gloves, pictured at below, are idea. Another consideration is
    leather sap gloves, pictured immediate right, which will aid in self defense.

  • Sturdy shoes: Good shoes should be on your feet, plus extra socks and shoe-
    laces. Make sure they are not brand new shoes or potentially you will have
    brand new blisters. Invest in a good pair of hiking boots, but wear them
    instead of saving them. Right the men's Adidas Terrex Hiking Boot is
    waterproof, has a sockliner for long-term cushioning, and has high levels of
    breathability, moisture managing properties, and antimicrobial odor-resistance.

  • Bugout socks (thermal socks, sock liners and hiking socks): Experienced
    backpackers always wear sock liners: a thick pair of socks and a thin pair.
    Learn about the importance of socks for survival.  Here are some key brands
    to consider:

  • Bridgedale Ultralight Coolmax Liner Socks.Pictured immediate left, the
    Bridgedale Ultralight Coolmax liner socks provide moisture wicking
    performance for dry feet. Aids hygiene and cleanliness to keep feet in
    best possible condition for hiking.

  • HydroSkin G3 Socks. Consider protecting your feet with HydroSkin G3
    Socks by NRS, pictured at the bottom of the page. You'll keep your feet
    warm without bulk. The 0.5-mm neoprene core insulates and protects.
    4-way-stretch PowerSpan" outer layer gives you enhanced mobility and
    greater HydroSkin socks are the ultimate wet shoe liner, providing an
    extra layer of warmth while helping to protect your feet from blisters.

  • Hats. You'll need two hats:
  1. A wool hat is essential because it has an ability to keep you warm even
    when wet!
  2. A baseball cap will protect your head from exposure of the elements,
    and will make it easier to see in the glare of sunlight. While it's fun to
    wear your NRA hat, this only tells others "I have a gun!" ... which will
    make you a target in bad times. Avoid wearing one in a bugout
    situation. Consider also a sun hat, bandanna or Shemagh.
    Hats of any kind will help you prevent tick bites as well. (Ticks drop from the
    trees and bush.)

  • Crosspaq Chest Belt: What if someone steals your bugout bag? Wear the
    CrossPaq low-profile chest belt, pictured immediate right, under your clothes
    to carry last ditch bugout essentials, such as water filtration tablets, first aid
    packets, lightweight snares, flint, knives and whatever you can think of to fit
    in the 16 Easy-to-reach pockets.

Bugout bag tip
Use a food saver to vacuum seal clothes! It saves space in the bugout bag and
keeps clothes dry until you need them.

Happy endings....
The clothing you select to wear for bugging out could dramatically improve your
chances for survival. Take heed and plan your wardrobe now, before disaster strikes
and you're cold and damp, overheated and fatigued, or visible to those could do
harm to you and your family or group.

Take a note from the homeless on clothes because it can have multiple purposes
such as "
rope, bandages, napkins, shelter, collecting water," (primalsurvivor.net).

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