72 Hour Emergency Kit — #3 Clothing.
72 Hour Emergency Kit — #3 Clothing
Moisture and salt are your enemies when it comes to clothing. Have a rainproof exterior garment (poncho) coupled with layering to regulate body heat and moisture from the outside in and the inside out (sweating). Body heat is lost 70 times faster when you are wet. But, when clothing dries out, body salts retained in fabrics will feel like sandpaper against your skin. A “no sweat” goal is achieved by layering.
Remember when mom said to always have clean under ware? It is essential in an emergency kit, especially socks. Second day salty socks will quickly wear blisters and chaffing is not a problem you want to deal with. You may need to wear what you have on the outside for three days, but change to clean under things daily. Doing a little washing can reduce the need to carry multiples of the same garment.
Sweat suits are great for layering. For work, play, warmth and sleep wear they are most versatile.
A hooded poncho may be your only tent to sleep in and stay dry at night if you are traveling light. Otherwise, a shelter and sleeping bag are two more things to keep dry so they remain useful.
For more ideas contact (your emergency preparedness specialist).
DO IT, DO IT RIGHT, AND DO IT RIGHT NOW.