Disasters are as inevitable and as unpredictable as the wind. We can’t stop them. We don’t know when they are coming. We have no idea when they will be going. Since we can’t do anything to prevent them, we should be ready for them at the very least, right?
In this blog, we will not be talking about what valuable things to prepare. We will be talking about what we should be wearing instead.
Are You Ready for Bugging Out?
Usually, when some disaster happens, it’s our best choice to stay at home to be safe. But what if our house is no longer safe? Are we ready to leave it? If we leave it, do we have all the things we will need in our bug out bag? If yes, that’s good. We’re now ready to move. But are we?
One of the most important things people often forget to consider are the things they need to wear when they bug out. However, as much as we need emergency kits and food supplies, we also need to have some good set of clothes to bring. But how do we know which ones do we want?
Things to Consider and Why
- Where You Plan to Move
Of course, it should be in a safer place. But will it be a colder location or a warmer one? Whatever is the case, you should at least pack one or two sets of ideal clothing for each condition.
If you plan to go to a warm place, you could choose to have lesser warm clothes. If you plan to go to colder places, you could wear thicker fabric or wool-like fabric to keep yourself warm.
However, if you’re not sure, you can bring more warm clothes than cool ones because it is technically easier to dress down than otherwise. It will not only save you from dressing inadequately in the cold weather but will also make you carry a lesser needed number of clothes.
Don’t forget to bring some pairs of socks, gloves or mittens, and hats too!
- Consider Your Family Members
If you’re going out alone, this is not a problem. But if you have kids with you, then this will be.
Why? Because kids copy what they see from their parents. If you want to teach your kids survival tips they need to learn, it’s best if you set as an example to them. This way, long-term memory retention is most potent and impactful.
If they see you dress up in a certain way, they would automatically think it’s okay for them to do it because you do it, too. This would open up more chances of discussion for the whole family to bond and be closer to each other.
- How You Will Get There
If the place you’ll be going to can be reached by your car, van or any other transport, then your ordinary set of casual shoes are okay to wear. However, if there will be some sort of intensive walking or hiking required, better equip yourself with some heavy-duty set of hiking boots/shoes.
Shoes may wear and tear first from all the weight they carry and all the surfaces they get rubbed into. So getting some good set of shoes is actually an investment.
Aside from it being heavy duty, having a pair of insulated shoes is ideal for rainy days and winter season.
- Consider the Weather
Whatever the season is, it’s important to keep yourself dry so buy waterproof fabric or at least some clothes with water-resistant fabric to avoid staying wet for a long time.
People can get cold, fever or any other diseases just by staying wet for a long time, so to avoid this, keep yourself dry if possible.
Generally, a set of waterproof hooded jacket and trousers, gloves, and shoes/boots worn over some layers of clothes and socks will do the trick.
Clothes are not only made, sold, and worn for style and comfort but also for staying healthy and adapting to the environment. Before we choose any clothes we like to buy, we should consider how we will use them and when.
When you are planning the clothes you like to wear in a certain situation ahead of time, you’ll save wasting time thinking about it when a disaster’s already taking its action.
Don’t wait for it to come into your mind only when you need it and you don’t have it. Do the planning now!
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