Clothing for Your Bug-Out Bag

We talk a lot about non-perishable food, water bottles and other essential items you should have in your bug-out bag, but today I want to discuss the clothing items you should include.

A bug-out bag is only so big, and people in various areas of the country have different weather conditions they need to deal with, so they’re going to have many different ideas about what to pack.

So, I’m going to mention several clothing items that might come in handy if you have to bug out, and you can decide what is appropriate for you.

Keep in mind that a disaster causing us to leave our homes may result in having to spend a significant amount of time outdoors until we are able to find our way to a reliable place of shelter, so keeping warm and dry is a priority.

Let’s start at the bottom and work our way up.

  • Footwear. Sneakers might be the most comfortable shoes you own, but you also need a good, solid, waterproof pair of hiking boots.
  • Socks. Pack thick ones for warmth, comfort and health. Have at least four pairs of socks in your bag, and change them when they get wet.
  • Long Underwear. This can be a lifesaver in cold-weather situations. Shove them inside boots and other items in your bag to save space.
  • Coat and Jacket. Keep a winter coat with a warm hood in your vehicle and a windbreaker in your bag. You could use either as bedding in certain situations.
  • Battle Dress Uniform. It might not hurt to have a military-wear, camouflage set of clothes you can wear outdoors during an emergency situation.
  • Gloves. Pack two pairs of heavy-duty leather work gloves: a rancher-style, fleece-lined, leather pair and a pair of cloth gardening gloves.
  • Headwear. Hats to include are a ski mask, a heavy wool hat that pulls over your ears, a wide-brim hat to keep the sun off your face and a ball cap.

What other must-have clothing items do you have in your bug-out bag? Our readers would love to know.


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