important they are for hikers, snowshoers, and mountaineers. Gaiters are used to prevent sand, rocks, or snow from slipping in-between your pants and the top of your boots. Little pebbles in your boots or icy cold snow can be quite uncomfortable!
Good Quality Cargo Pants will be a plus
plenty of pockets do come in handy
I will be going into greater detail soon, but I did want to touch a little bit upon this subject of suitable clothing for survival situations.
Military or Hunting versus Camping and Hiking Clothing
Some people might prefer military clothing. Often this is due to their prior military service, which I fully understand. Military clothing is made to specifications where they have to be rugged and hold up under very harsh conditions. So certainly I concur with the individual acquiring them if they intend to be in the wilderness. However there are times that military clothing would not necessarily be desired.
Remember that during any evacuation there is a great possibility that the military and or police could very well be orchestrating the evacuation of citizens. It is generally NOT a good idea to be dressed in Camouflage Military Clothing or even Hunting Camouflage Clothing as doing so would immediately attract unwanted attention to yourself from the military and police who will presume that you are well armed. This is something you do not want, otherwise they may confiscate any weapons that you and your family may very well need to protect yourselves during this emergency and crisis.
For this reason I have found that any decent camping store will stock clothing that is designed for the purpose of camping, hiking and backpacking. This gives you the ability to have rugged and reliable clothing that is designed for withstanding the treatment often encountered in the wilderness. Additionally this clothing will blend in well with what everyone else is wearing and that is what you want. Remember, you do not want to stand out in a crowd while you and your family are evacuating an area or while traveling.
Wet Weather Clothing and Gear
Do not forget wet weather clothing, pants, jacket with a hood and most important rubber boots. If you forget them, you will find out why I say it is all important that you do not forget. Some people might select a military type poncho, but I personally find that the civilian rubber boots, wet weather jacket with hood and pants will do a better job of keeping you dry. You can pick them up at that cheep department store that everyone knows about. You'll find Colman has a selection that I use.
Ladies Leave the Makeup and Purfume at Home
And ladies do not bother with the makeup, high heels and all of that unsuitable clothing and attire that will be of absolutely no use to you for your survival in the harsh conditions you are about to encounter. You will not have space in your backpack for any fashion accessories. However what will be a good idea to stock up on would be the female items that you know you are going to need and like many other things, they will no longer be available in department stores.
Soaks and Under wear
That's right my friends Clean Soaks and Underwear will be very valuable commodities which you better pack extra for each member of the family. Put some in your backpack and also in those plastic boxes that I have mentioned because you won't be abel to find these valuable commodities again once the department stores are cleaned.Cothing For All Season
Make sure that you prepare ahead of time with cloths for all seasons. Make sure you pack cloths for winter as well as the warm weather seasons, because you may very well find that the crisis still exists and winter will be arrive quickly. Sensible shoes, preferably hiking boots from the camping store, Zip Up Hoody Sweater, Nice Warm Jackets, Plenty of thick socks, and whatever else you will be needing. Remember to dress in layers. It may be warm when you do have to evacuate, but consider the unexpected. Get caught out in some Freak Ice Storm or snow blizzard and you are not prepared may very well be the last mistake you ever make. Also do not forget you family, who may very well not understand these things that you do. Always be prepared for anything and remember the old quote, "Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
I have found that Blue Jeans are fine to have. Plus they will blend in well with what everyone else is wearing. Have several pairs packed which you have never used before. When selecting a winter jacket, I have selected a fairly inexpensive jacket that is well suited for very cold weather. Military Jackets are not worth the expense and they are not nearly as comfortable as camping and hiking cloths, anyone who have been in the military should will already be quite aware of this. The Winter Lining for the military jacket is also worthless in my opinion. Also worthy to note is that the military jacket is made of cloth, which will absorb moisture, where as the winter hiking jacket I have is waterproof vinyl material and the lining is excellent. As an additional lining I also have a black hoodie
I do recommend that although I discourage camouflage clothing, I do wearing subtle color or nutral colors that blend well into the woodland envirnment and in an urban area does not stand in a crowd. If the area you live in or near is a dry desert area, then tanned clothing may be more suitable to blend into your environment. Remember also that if you are from a woodland region and you are not familar with the desert, it does get very cold in the desert when the sun goes down.
In the left column I have selected some of the gear that I personally have and am very happy with.