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A wool blanket is a handy survival tool

Survival uses of a wool blanket.
Among the best survival tools, a wool blanket is something you
shouldn't overlook in your preps. Wool helps you stay warm even
when wet, plus you can use a wool blanket to make a shelter,
improvise a cape or a poncho, help a shock victim, smother a
flame and much more. A wool blanket can provide added warmth
to your sleeping bag, or serve as emergency shelter from rain.
You can also use it as ground cover or even a tablecloth. The list
of uses of a wool blanket is endless.

If you're itching to learn more about the value of wool blankets in
prepping then keep reading, because a wool blanket doesn't need
to itch and you should have more than one in your preps!

Wool Survival Blanket Uses
Don't let the itchiness stop you from getting a wool blanket
because wool blankets don't need to be itchy. You can pick the
right wool, soften the wool you have or use a liner. Make sure to
include wool blankets in your survival kids!

Here are the survival uses of wool blankets:

#1: Wool keeps you warm, even when wet.
Wool helps you retain body heat and can help you stay warm
even when wet. Wool wicks away the water making it an ideal
camping and survival blanket. Unlike cotton, wool will keep you
warm even under wettest conditions, which is just one reason
why we recommend you
put wool socks in your bugout bag. Wool
socks can help you avoid trenchfoot and stay toasty.

A good heavy wool survival blanket for outdoor use also will block
the wind. The thicker and fluffier the wool, the better warmth
that it will provide by helping you retain your own body heat.

It's insulation that you wouldn't be able to get with a wet
synthetic fiber other than something like a
Mylar Survival blanket,
which can repel water. Wool is a natural textile fiber gleaned
from sheep, but many are unaware that wool may come from
other animals, including cashmere and mohair from goats.

Wool doesn't need to be itchy!
You see, the scratchiness of a wool blanket depends on the
thickness of each individual wool fiber. If you've ever had an
itchy wool blanket, then the fibers weren't small enough. The
finest wool products are made with small fibers that don't cause
itching ~ this is usually merino wool.

Wolly Mammoth wool blanket, right is made of 80% Merino
wool. It's highly rated and low on the itch factor. The company
uses a long staple that is tightly spun to minimize poking and
itching. Woven using a twill weave, the blanket resists dirt. Soils
and stains are less noticeable due in part to the subtle diagonal

Another way to reduce the itch is to soak your blanket, with a
hair conditioner. Vinegar and glycerin are another of the tried and
true methods to
get rid of the itchy feeling of your wool textiles.

#2: Wool won't catch fire, could help put out a fire!
Wool is a naturally fire retardant material. Because it's a natural
fiber a wool blanket won't easily catch on fire. Nature provides a
natural fire resistant layer giving you peace of mind around the
fire. You may get a little burn hole, but the chances are very low
that you'll be a burn victim if you're wrapped in a 100% wool
blanket. The
Brooks fire blanket, right designed to quickly and
effectively smother flames, helping minimize burn injuries. It's
made of 70% wool and 30% synthetic fiber and is treated with
Dupont X-12 to make it even more fire retardant.

Check to see if your blanket is fire resistant. A blanket that's
100% wool and that's not treated with any additional flame
retardant chemicals is naturally fire resistant.To help put out a
fire use only a fire blanket. A
fire blanket will help smother small
fires by reducing the amount of oxygen available to the fire. The
fire and first aid blanket in red, right, has a handle so you can
hang the blanket, so you can grab it when you need it most.

#3: Wool blankets can help shock victims.
A wool blanket is a wise thing to stock in your car to assist shock
victims if there is an accident. The 90% wool blanket right, is a
first aid and fire resistant blanket that you can also use to
smother flames.

Rothco wool rescue survival blanket is a popular choice for use
in your car because of the low, low price. While only around 45%
wool, they're less than $20 and available on Prime. Rothco has a
variety of qualities and prices. If you want 70% wool, go for the
Rothco U.S. stamped Olive Wool blanket still reasonably priced
at around $35.

#4: Wool is a worthy item for barter.
It might not be the first thing you think of for bartering purposes,
but a wool blanket is indeed a worthy item for barter and has a
long history of value.

Wool blankets were coveted by Native Americans.
In the late 1700s, wool blankets were so important to comfort
and survival that they were used as a form of currency in trading
between trappers and Native Americans. Beaver pelts were
exchanged for blankets through the Hudson's Bay Company and
its outposts throughout Northern Canada. Right is their popular
Hudson Bay Capote Throw, in the tradition of the wool blankets
prized by Native Americans. A Capote is a long cloak or coat with
a hood, typically part of an army or company uniform.

Wool is trusted by the Military.
Civil war blankets, like the Artillery Wool Blanket, right were
made by Woolrich and supplied to troops from 1861-1865. Today,
historical groups and movie studios purchase bolts of Woolrich
fabric to create authentic uniforms and blankets for
re-enactments of this important period of American history. With
selvage edge and overseamed ends, Woolrich has the largest of
the Civil War Blankets Series and they're all made in the USA.
The Gettysburg Blanket is the most popular.

If you're looking for a
Genuine U.S. Issue Military Wool Blanket.
They are 90% New Wool, 10% Synthetic.

Merchant marines and sailors alike approve of wool because it
wicks away moisture.

#5: Improvise a poncho with a wool blanket.
With a wool blanket you can improvise a poncho or a cloak.
Cloaks in Medieval times were fashioned quite simply from a
wool blanket. Right is a
medieval cloak pin (also known in
ancient times as a fibula), which helped to fasten the blanket. A
belt or even paracord can secure the cloak at the waist. The
video below shows you how to make the hood using stone
buttons, but a blanket pin can make the job much easier and can
serve as a multi-use survival item. Consider a cloak pin a
multi-use survival item ~ it can be an awl (a small pointed tool
used for piercing holes, especially in leather), an alternate striker
for your ferrocerium rod or you can dig with it.

With a wool blanket you can improvise a poncho if you're on the
go. Just wrap it around your shoulders and you're good to go, but
if you want to really make it useful watch the video below.

Here's how to modify a blanket into a hooded poncho:
Above, a Stansport blended wool blanket of 55% wool and 45% polyester can serve as
added warmth to your sleeping bag, or serve as emergency shelter from rain, ground
cover or even a tablecloth!
Happy endings...
A wool blanket should be among the survival items you stockpile
for each member of your family, unless you're allergic. Be sure to
keep the moths away from your blanket by storing it in a cedar

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Medieval Cloak Pin
A wool blanket is a timeless gift.
Back in the day, the U.S. Military would issue blankets made
from 100% wool to all their soldiers, but today soldiers need to
supplement military issued supplies with such blankets.

The timeless gift of a wool blanket is something that anyone in
the military is sure to appreciate, but it's also perfect for a
housewarming, a bridal shower or wedding gift, father's day ~
you name it. When the temperatures start to drop, curl up with
Woolrich Home Sherpa wool blanket, pictured right. This is a
hefty blend of wool and nylon, and backed with a cozy poly
Sherpa lining. Available in the original buffalo check plaid,
created by Wool rich in 1850.

Wool resists mold and bacteria.
Another good reason to have a wool blanket is that it resists
mold and bacteria. Wool has a natural resistance to mold and
bacteria, which is why people who have mold allergies will find
wool is the perfect fiber, provided they are not also allergic to

Allergens are everywhere, including your bed and people who
are allergic to the spores of molds or other fungi will benefit
from a hypoallergenic comforter or blanket. In lieu of a synthetic
fiber 100% wool is a good choice; however it's not good for all
types of allergies. Some people will have a wool allergy with
skin or eye irritations and nasal problems that stem from lanolin.

Real wool fiber has a distinct scent that comes in part from
natural wax and oils. Anyone with an acute sense of smell will
note a hint of lanolin oil in sheep wool. Lanolin is a wool wax or
wool grease, that's secreted by the sebaceous glands of wool-
bearing animal. Although rare to pick up on, this scent is a
testament to the wool’s purity. You may find this quality in the
Wooly Mammoth Wool blanket, pictured top right.

A wool blanket should be among the survival items you
stockpile for each member of your family, but it shouldn't
replace a
sleeping bag. Have a wool blanket on hand for just
about any emergency, such as hurricane, tornado, blizzards, a
minor blackout, or even a nuclear war or an EMP!

More things to do with a Wool Blanket
Have fun with a wool blanket:

  • Have an outdoor adventure. Ride bareback! A wool
    blanket makes an excellent picnic companion or tailgate
    friend for sporting events. Keep it in the car for on the fly

  • Snuggle under the stars. Roast marshmallows around the
    fire pit in winter (remember, wool is naturally fire

  • Wear your wool blanket in public. Head to a Renaissance
    fair or Civil War re-enactment with your newfound skills in
    primitive clothes making!

  • Make a chair from a wool blanket:
Above, learn how to improvise a hooded poncho using a wool blanket.

#6: Build a shelter with a wool blanket.
Use a wool blanket to keep warm in the cold or for bedding,
ground cover, padding or extra winter insulation or as a
protective shield from the wind. The weight of wool might
preclude some from including a wool blanket in their bugout
bag, but should you have one, it can help you improvise a
shelter on the fly. Combine it with a hammock and you don't
even need a
sleeping bag.

  • Make a bushcraft shanty. Otherwise known as a "lean-to"
    because it leans to one side, you can use a wool blanket
    like a tarp between a couple of trees to block the wind or
    shelter you from the rain.

  • Use a wool blanket to make a sleeping bag. Again a wool
    blanket isn't a substitute for a sleeping bag, but certainly
    you can improvise a sleeping bag shelter with one. Start by
    setting out your wool blanket preferably on bed of leaves
    or a tarp. Then lay down diagonally on the blanket taking
    care to wrap your feet with the tip, then pull the sides
    inward around your body. Anyone who has ever swaddled a
    baby knows the procedure. It's pretty similar.

#7: Use a wool blanket to make a bedroll, backpack.
Roll your survival gear into a backpack or a bedroll:

Improvise a backpack with a wool blanket.
Lay a wool blanket flat, carefully lay then roll your gear strap
tight with belts or paracord and fling the long over your
shoulder to improvise a backpack.

A wool blanket can help you make cowboy bedroll.
With a wool blanket as a ground covering, it will keep dew and
frost from collecting on your sleeping bag, yet it's breathable so
moisture can escape as you sleep. Traditionally it's made of
canvass, but you can use two wool blankets, one as a the
ground covering and the other to insulate you.
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