Bug Out Clothes
Skip the military look, get a wardrobe of outdoor apparel
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.
10 Considerations for Selecting your Bug-out 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. Appropriate color of clothing: When it comes to bugout clothes, color
matters. You don't want to wear bright colors because the mere vibrancy
attracts too much attention. While you're at it, re-think a prepper favorite:
camouflage. In wearing camouflage, 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. Black is an excellent color choice because you can
fade away into the night. 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.
2. 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. 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.
4. Breathable Clothing: Clothes should also 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.
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)
- bandanna, bandages, antiseptic wipes and antibiotic ointment
6. 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,
- 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.
7. 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.
8. 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. Bulletproof: 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 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. Considerations for 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.
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.
- Bugout socks (thermal socks, sock liners and hiking socks): Experienced
backpackers always wear sock liners. An essential to wear under hiking socks.
No seems and moisture management, sock liners will help prevent you from
getting blisters on long hikes. 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
- 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. 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.
- 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.
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