The New Survivalist
Disaster Preparedness and Self-Reliance

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Chapter 6:
Clothing

Stockpile Extra Clothes for a Disaster

If your electricity and natural gas are off, your house may become quite frigid during the cold months of the year. Hopefully you have made preparations to heat your home by alternative methods, such as propane or wood. But even so it will be unwise to try to keep your house as toasty as you may have grown accustomed to during easier times. Obviously, if you can conserve your emergency heating fuel it will last longer. You can conserve energy by wearing plenty of warm clothing—long underwear, sweaters, wool caps, etc.—even indoors. Dress in layers so that clothing can be removed or added as necessary.

Most heat loss occurs from the head, so don't neglect warm headgear! You will also need a good hat to protect you from rain and sun. These days it seems that people have forgotten how important headgear is. In the past no one would have thought about going outside during cold or rainy weather without the appropriate headgear. Today I see people do it all the time. It's as if common sense has gone the way of the horse-drawn carriage!
Few things are certain, but one thing we can count on is that inflation is in our future, and inflation will insure that everything we buy tomorrow will cost more than today. So it only makes sense to stock up on necessities now while prices are lower and goods are in abundance. Practical clothing is a necessity, so your survival stockpile should include plenty of extra clothing appropriate for all seasons. Gently used clothing can be found in abundance at estate sales and thrift stores for a fraction of the cost of new clothing, so there is no reason not to stock up now!
Survival is hard work so your stockpile should include extra work clothes, work gloves and boots. You will probably be doing a lot of walking when gasoline supplies run out, so stockpile plenty of good walking shoes and socks for every member of your family. Moleskins will be greatly appreciated when blisters begin to appear. Don't forget that it is easier to prevent foot problems than to treat them.

Washing and Drying

Washing clothes by hand

In addition to stockpiling extra clothing, you will need a way to wash and dry your clothes when the power is off. Washboards and washtubs, like those pictured, will come in handy during a prolonged power outage. Don't forget to stockpile plenty of soap as well! Any type of soap, including bar soap, can be used for washing clothes.

Solar clothes dryer

Solar power doesn't have to be high-tech. Solar clothes dryers, like the one pictured here, have been used for centuries.

Action Step 12: Clothing Check List

Turn to the page in you Action Planner where you have begun your "Get" and "Do" lists for clothing and begin making your lists. As you progress through the remaining chapters of this web site, you will think of additional items to add to your lists. When you acquire an item or accomplish a task check it off your list. Use the following sample list to help you with your "Get" list, remembering to stockpile extra clothes for each family member:

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Clothing "Get" List:

  1. [  ] Underwear
  2. [  ] Long underwear
  3. [  ] Heavy socks
  4. [  ] Gloves
  5. [  ] Coat
  6. [  ] Boots
  7. [  ] Hats
  8. [  ] Ear muffs
  9. [  ] Balaclava
  10. [  ] Scarf
  11. [  ] Poncho or other rain gear
  12. [  ] Sweater
  13. [  ] Well-fitted walking shoes
  14. [  ] Moleskins
  15. [  ] Extra shirts and pants
  16. [  ] Handkerchiefs
  17. [  ] Washtub
  18. [  ] Washboard
  19. [  ] Soap
  20. [  ] Clothesline
  21. [  ] Clothespins
  22. [  ] Etc.
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