One potentially overlooked preparedness category is that of heavy duty clothing. If (when) the worst happens (e.g. major economic collapse) and we’re plunged into a way-of-life which includes hard work and manual labor to provide or sustain one’s needs, your clothing will be put to the test for wear and tear.
Given how much of today’s ‘typical’ clothing is fairly ‘cheap’ (most not designed for heavy duty rigors), it would be a (very) good idea to acquire those (clothes) which will withstand the test of rugged use.
Having the right clothing is a big deal and will be a big deal while working a harder and more active physical life during a hypothetical time of collapse.
Not only will it be important to have the right seasonal clothes, but more importantly having HEAVY DUTY work clothes – and plenty of them…
Imagine a post-SHTF lifestyle whereby you will be spending much more time doing things in a more laborious way. Your previous career (pre-SHTF) will likely be (forcibly) changed to a new one – survival. You will probably be enduring and living a harsher life – and the clothes you’re wearing will need to be up to the task.
How will your existing clothes hold up to harsh tasks?
-working a garden
-hunting, fishing, foraging
-building and repairing things
-out in the rain and other elements
-use your imagination to visualize your life during a post-collapse world and the things you will be doing as a result.
The fashionable clothes that you’ve been wearing to the office (for example) will not hold up to the rigors of a SHTF world. You will need heavy duty everything. Pants, shirts, shoes, coats, etc.
While procuring these clothes, buy the best quality heavy-duty that you can afford. Remember, you get what you pay for. You want something that will hold up to the demands and wear-and-tear of a hypothetically rough and tough lifestyle. Something that will last. Unfortunately so many clothes today are thin, cheap, and won’t last under heavy use.
When choosing your clothes, you might consider selecting plain neutral colors. Nothing bright. So as not to stand out. Blend in with your environment for the sake of security in a world that may have become dangerous.
Many of us who are reading this may already live a lifestyle of outdoor and/or heavy-duty activity, or a degree thereof. Let’s share our experiences with all aspects of clothing in this regard. Suggestions, Do’s Don’ts, Recommendations, etc…
Example: This is one of the pants that I regularly wear and have a stack of:
(Mostly Khaki, and Olive)
What about you?