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Old 01-08-2017, 1:34 AM
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Has anyone ever thought about what kind of CLOTHS you'll need for when SHTF?

I only ask, because NORTHERN CALIFORNIA Is always so warm and most of my CLOTHS are for warm weather only. I'm starting to prep more often, and I'm trying to figure out the best clothing to buy.

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Old 01-08-2017, 1:42 AM
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Surplus military clothing.. german, polish..doesnt matter. They have mittens that leave the trigger finger free, panchos, warm face masks, boots, rain gear... all camo ;]. Everything else for gray man blending in can be got at walmart.

I really do suggest surplus gear though.
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Thanks a bunch for the advice.
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Old 01-08-2017, 1:47 AM
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Lots and lots of sweatpants. Gotta be comfy.
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Just wear whatever 'cloths' you wear for camping. Don't overthink this - it's not like the weather in norcal will change somehow.
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Old 01-08-2017, 2:47 AM
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Without power, or heat source.. the climate will be much different than we are used too.. even camping we have fires and heaters in rvs. Shtf, fires may not be an option for security reasons
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Without power, or heat source.. the climate will be much different than we are used too.. even camping we have fires and heaters in rvs. Shtf, fires may not be an option for security reasons
Learn to build a Dakota fire pit. Fire stays below ground level not illuminating your campsite.

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Old 01-08-2017, 6:54 AM
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Try building that where i am. Frozen 2 feet down. I would avoid surplu mil, the stuff i got in the past was used up.
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Has anyone ever thought about what kind of CLOTHS you'll need for when SHTF?
Whenever you can find it try to buy wool clothing. Wool has the ability to keep you warm even when wet. A lot of vintage military coats were made of wool, as were old military blankets. Start visiting surplus stores, Goodwill, etc. When you store it keep a few mothballs in the closet just in case.
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Carhart Jeans and comfortable Boots ankle support ,Wool socks . And layered long sleave tee shirt hoodie Jacket , Mechanic gloves and Carhart beanie . I work in 100 f plus degree weather down to - 50 f in this combination of clothes .
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Try building that where i am. Frozen 2 feet down.
Dig it during the summer months, duh.
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Try turning off the heat right now and see how many layers of clothes that you have already are needed to keep warm.
That'll tell you to buy more of what you have or get better stuff.
Having said that, poly pro has always been my base layer year round. Dries fast and keeps body temps manageable.

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LOTS of spare underwear and socks.
If you are washing by hand it still takes time to dry the types of items in a true SHTF fan situation. Other clothes can get dirty and not be washed immediately.

But if you got crotch rot or foot problems, your not going to be in a great mood (nor will your family and friends..)
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Try turning off the heat right now and see how many layers of clothes that you have already are needed to keep warm.
That'll tell you to buy more of what you have or get better stuff.
Having said that, poly pro has always been my base layer year round. Dries fast and keeps body temps manageable.

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I layer...In cold weather, Base layer, (silk thermals), t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, down jacket, rain suit. I can go down to zero but more comfortable in the teens. Also, Wool socks and 8" leather hunting boots. Gaitors if deep snow.

I do 4 season camping. Love the cold.

I also have Coleman catalytic heaters, stoves and lanterns that generate heat.

I learned to make a Dakota Fire Pit as a child in Indian Guides, (I didn't like Boy Scouts).

Because I camp 4 seasons I'm now looking to complete my set with a pair of Down Pants...they run $300+.

IF I place my 40 degree bag inside my 20 degree bag I can deal with temps near zero, The Thermarest Dream Air Mattress with a r-6 value also helps, in addition to the tent footprint I also sometimes add a moving blanket...It all depends on how much snow is on the ground.

The nice thing about Down is it packs down really small, I've been upgrading lately to Dry Down.

As for gloves I have many types, liners, gloves, mittens...My favorite are cashmere lined leather.

Whatever you buy make sure it is quality. Quality costs more.

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Old 01-08-2017, 9:15 AM
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I going to sale a lot my cloths.

I plan to take my game in a totally nued irection.
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I agree with the other guys. I have fourseason camping gear. I'd also go test it out doing all weather camping. Head to the mountains and camp in the snow or do hikes in all weather conditions. Wool and synthetic clothing these days. Avoid cotton because in cold weather it could kill you.
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I layer...In cold weather, Base layer, (silk thermals), t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, down jacket, rain suit. I can go down to zero but more comfortable in the teens. Also, Wool socks and 8" leather hunting boots. Gaitors if deep snow.

I do 4 season camping. Love the cold.

I also have Coleman catalytic heaters, stoves and lanterns that generate heat.

I learned to make a Dakota Fire Pit as a child in Indian Guides, (I didn't like Boy Scouts).

Because I camp 4 seasons I'm now looking to complete my set with a pair of Down Pants...they run $300+.

IF I place my 40 degree bag inside my 20 degree bag I can deal with temps near zero, The Thermarest Dream Air Mattress with a r-6 value also helps, in addition to the tent footprint I also sometimes add a moving blanket...It all depends on how much snow is on the ground.

The nice thing about Down is it packs down really small, I've been upgrading lately to Dry Down.

As for gloves I have many types, liners, gloves, mittens...My favorite are cashmere lined leather.

Whatever you buy make sure it is quality. Quality costs more.

Check out Outdoor Gear Lab for tested equipment.
And I suppose you get there in your Range Rover......
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And I suppose you get there in your Range Rover......
NO a Mercedes Benz, E-320 ...with snow chains...Most roads to campsites are cleared to the campsite. Individual sites within the camp site have uncleared snow. 1-2' of light snow on the ground is usually no problem.

Like I stated, Good equipment doesn't come cheap, but it's not a expensive as you think. Silk Thermals, $25 top, $25 Bottoms. Cashmere lined leather gloves, $25-$50 depending on manufacturer. Not a lot of money, will last for decades if properly cared for.
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Do NOT use cotton. It won't keep you warm when it starts to get wet.

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Whatever you wear now unless you want to go the mad max route
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Come up to my house and test your stuff out.
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a good field jacket like CARHARTT or Hunting coat

outdoor boots , a few extra beanie caps for the whole family

wet weather gear / poncho / rain coat / rubber boots
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Learn to build a Dakota fire pit. Fire stays below ground level not illuminating your campsite.

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Try building that where i am. Frozen 2 feet down. I would avoid surplu mil, the stuff i got in the past was used up.
Back in the upper midwest we used to build something called a "trench fire" along the same lines. Just a 6-8 inch deep trench with one end angling up.

BTW, for clothing, OP might want to consider "long johns". Will keep you warmer without having to use external heat.
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A wooly pully, a jock strap, and a shiny pair of corfams. Edge dressed of course.
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Any decent outdoor work gear will do. I like my underarmor and then anything comfy over it. I'd say one of the most important things is a nice, ultra lightweight waterproof boot.

For hot weather lightweight long sleeves and pants with a good hat. When you spend all days outdoors getting fried in the sun sucks. Don't forget a nice pair of polarized sunglasses. Protect your eyes in the sun and snow.
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We stock clothes in those vacuum bags so they do not get old. We buy a lot of black clothing and tan. 2 sets of everything for each person plus ponchos. Keeping dry is ultra critical. In our bug out bags we have tarps, para cord and personal shelters as well as a lot of the other typical items. We have agreed upon bug out locations and stashed clothing in both locations. One thing we are short on is stored/stashed food. It spoils too quickly in the hot environment here.
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Bras and panties for when you have to sell your body to local warlords after you've floated downstream with your supressed 22lr AR15.
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boonie hats for the whole family for protection outdoors from rain / sun
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A good spray down with Butter flavored Pam, Thong and Roller Skates, BRING IT!

Actually here in Bako, normal clothes ARE Carhartts, Boots and Flannel in Winter. I layer up but since it never gets really cold (below Freezing) not a big worry. I do have lots of Dickies Work Socks, they really hold up well.

And 5.11 and Black Hawk Cargo pants and shorts with 6" S.W.A.T Coyote Tan boots the rest of the year....
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Lonestargrizzly that was an awesome answer I used to go up to NorCal on fishing trips and at night it was still cold in summer and fall never spent a winter but we just used thick cathart, dickies, or Levi's trucker jackets and heavy jeans with sweats under them. Try a work world it's a clothing store for everyone that sells heavy duty construction clothes and good boots. Also bring something sexy to sell your body to the night in to your apocalypse overlords.
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Like others have stated, military surplus and camping attire are going to provide the most utility in a survival situation. Cargo pants and jeans along with utility type shirts will have pockets to store the various items you will need to carry or acquire. Jackets/coats, gloves, and beanies for colder weather. I would also recommend some sort of head covering in warmer weather or daylight to help keep the sun out of your face and keep your face from getting sunburned. Obviously, shtf is not the time to wear yoga pants, board shorts, and sandals.
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I'm curious; how many people do NOT have an assortment of "practical" clothing that could be pulled from the closet when it's sufficiently SHTF time to NOT be wearing anything from their 9-5 work suit collection. I'm guessing maybe the corner office types would be suit heavy, but should still have some durable work clothing. Most blue collar types I know already have at best a few suits and lean heavily towards clothing that is more of a practical work nature. I get it that for you folks in warmer climates you probably don't stock up much on cold weather stuff, but how many of you are going to go cross country trekking if the SHTF; not many, is my guess.
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