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The cold is mean and nasty. It’s intimidating. We have created a world that defies the cold. Most of you are reading this in a climate controlled location. We have lost our appreciation for holding onto our heat. We can even warm up our cars from inside the home!
As we move from one heated space to the next it’s easy to forget about the importance of having the right clothing and gear for staying warm in the cold outdoors.
We talk about the bugout a lot and most of us hope that, if it ever happens, it happens on a late spring evening when the weather is nice. Haha!
What if it happens in February? If you are not prepared a winter bugout could be as much a death sentence as staying put!
Let’s look at three quick additions to your gear that will hold onto precious body heat.
Insulated Sleep Pads
The best thing to do is to have a quality sleep pad. Look for foam pads as blow up pads aren’t as effective in the cold.
These sleep pads are also important when it comes to hammock sleeping. You don’t want a vast expanse of cold just underneath you.
The wool blanket is a necessary part of any cold weather pack out. It will be your main blanket and you can even bring it into a sleeping bag with you. It will make all the difference in a hammock or tent setting.
However, you are going to need a large 100% wool blanket.
Mind the Extremities
Beyond those two items, you need to mind your extremities. Hands, neck, feet, and head are all going to need superior protection for a night in the cold. Quality hats, natural furs, and great gloves are a must.
Also, an extra layer for the neck can go a long way!
Bonus: Root Cellar That Can Be Used as a Bunker
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