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Survival blankets
A blanket is essential survival gear ~ do you have all three?

Do you have the three kinds of survival blankets?
Do you have three kinds of survival blankets on hand? Wrap up your survival kit
with a survival blanket. There are three kinds of emergency survival blankets to
own: a bivvy, a Mylar sheet and a wool blanket and below are the benefits of
each...

Survival Blankets
There are many kinds of survival blankets and with many different names. A
space blanket is essentially the same thing as a Mylar blanket though the
materials and qualities may vary. Both are thermal blankets ~ they help you
retain heat. A bivvy uses the same thermal process, but it's in a sleeping bag
form. While these kinds of emergency blankets could save your life, nothing
beats a natural wool blanket in your survival arsenal for comfort and warmth
trusted by the military.

Of all these emergency blankets, ideall you should have three basic kinds of
survival blankets ~ a bivvy, a Mylar blanket and a wool blanket.

A survival blanket is good for an emergency and here are the
best:

#1: Bivvy (Constructed Of Polyethylene).
You may not have heard of a bivouac sack, but perhaps you heard about a bivvy
bag. The idea behind the bivvy is really simple: it's a waterproof and windproof
bag that also helps you retain body heat, which goes a long way for comfort and
it may even save your life.

A bivvy is immensely useful
  • keeps you insulated from wind and rain
  • helps you retain body heat, prevent hypethermia
  • can provide you with ground cover.
  • can be a beacon for rescue if you have an orange one!
  • wear a bivvy like a poncho. As a tarp you can
  • creates impromptu shade (Mylar is ideal for desert conditions to reflect
    the sun)

When you use a bivvy sack, don't also use a Mylar blanket as condensation of
moisture will occur. The moisture from your body will get trap in impermeable
layers!You will otherwise see a layer of ice form inside and you'll suffer from
conductive heat loss.

#2: Mylar blankets (Metalized Polyester).
A space blanket is the same thing as a Mylar blanket ~ both are thermal
blankets. They help either reflect heat or help you retain your own body heat.

Thermal emergency blankets are handy one-time use only survival blankets.
They aren't really soft enough to be considered a blanket but in an emergency
you're not going to complain.
Mylar is a windproof and waterproof material and help insulate  you from the
cold, but they are small. If you have several blankets and you can
tape them
together with duct tape.

On the high-end of the Mylar blankets is multi-function survival blanket by UST.
The versatile, lightweight UST Survival Blanket. pictured right, provides all-
weather protection by reflecting your own body heat back to you. It can also be
used as an emergency lean-to shelter, ground cloth, additional warmth for
sleeping bags, and for wrapping cold or frozen food during transport.

  • use it as an emergency lean to
  • for ground cover
  • Add warmth to your sleeping bag
  • Provides high-visibility reflective surface works for emergency signaling

#3: Wool Survival Blankets
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.
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!

Wool blankets: 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.

  • 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 won't catch fire, could help put out a fire! 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.

  • 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.

  • Wool is a worthy item for barter. For a long term survival scenario, wool
    is a bartering tool. A wool blanket 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.

  • Wool 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 lanolin. One of the
    best survival blankets is a wool blanket specifically because it resists
    mold and bacteria.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
Above, Mors, of Karamat Wilderness Ways, discusses the science behind the survival
blanket.

Happy endings...
A survival blanket should be among the survival items you stockpile for each
member of your family. If you can't afford wool or are allergic remember that
fleece is good too! Put them in your car and have them on hand.

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