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How To Make Improvised Outdoor Survival Clothing

Perhaps you believe you don’t have any need for learning all about clothing for survival. Perhaps you already always go hiking with spare jackets in tow. Maybe you have no plans of ever going to the wilderness for a night because you’re more of a day person. Or maybe you always bring a lot of warm clothing pieces with you whenever you go backpacking.

Either way, thousands of people still die or come extremely close to death annually due to exposure. These people probably thought they went prepared. They probably did not expect that their clothes would get wet because they fell into in a stream; they probably did not think they would have to stay outdoors overnight; they probably did not think they would ever get lost for several days.

When I was coming back down from my hike on Mount Whitney, a couple of young men dressed in t-shirts were on their own ways up, with hopes of getting to the very top. They did not have any gear with them; there was not enough time left; yet they made it up there by the time it was sunset anyway. Naturally, they had no time to make the 11-mile hike back down to their vehicle. That night, the temperature was below freezing, so I bet they were utterly uncomfortable.

What kind of clothing could these men have brought with them for survival in that particular situation? One of the men had a seemingly light jacket with him. He may have taken off his t-shirt to use on his head since that is where most of our heat is lost. He could have filled up his jacket for insulation with the help of cattail seed heads fluff.

The essential principle here would be insulation. Jackets, pants, shirts or sweaters can be stuffed with bracken ferns, milkweed down, dry leaves, or practically anything that can create tons of dead air. It would be better to have two sandwiched layers. This may turn out to be quite itchy, but that is still better than freezing to death.cargo pants

In such a predicament, you may also make use of cattail plant flat leaves to make vests which could block out the rain and the wind. You can fill bread bags with silky plant fibers or milkweed down to create warm mittens that can be tied up at the wrists. Plastic bags filled with the same things can also be tied onto your own head to make a hat.

In general, take a look at what is available to you before you go out and kill animals to make use of their skin, or make grass skirts. Sleeping bags can double up as coats; all you have to do is wrap them around you. Mittens can be made from socks and snow pants can be made from garbage bags.

Garbage bags can even end up as raincoat. Otherwise, grab grass brunches and tie them together with string or cloth strips, then wrap this around your shoulders to repel light rain. Birch bark can be used to make rain hoods, too.

When in a desert situation, sun-hats can be made out of huge palm leaves. Just string them together and wrap them around your shoulders; this can prevent sunburn.

Animal skin will generally never have to be used when it comes to clothing for survival. There are also very low chances of shoes getting lost, so you won’t have to result to gluing tree bark onto your feet for hikes, with the help of pine sap. Still, if you know how improvising works, you can create a couple of simple pieces of clothing for survival that can help give you comfort and even save your life.

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