After the stuff hits the fan and you find yourself in a very different world, one of the most effective ways to survive will be by drawing as little attention to yourself as possible.
This will be especially true if you have been wise enough to stockpile plenty of food, water and other essential items for yourself and your family. The last thing you will want in that situation is a crowd outside your front door because people know you’ve prepared.
Blending into society will also be very beneficial regardless of whether we end up in a martial law situation, where all our actions will be watched closely by the military, or whether we enter a period of lawlessness, where we’ll have to protect ourselves without help from the police.
There are many ways to stay as “average” as possible during a crisis, including keeping our mouths shut about our political opinions, keeping our lights off at home for the most part (even if we have generators) and keeping our supplies well hidden in case of a break-in.
But today I want to communicate with you specifically about clothing. Some hardcore survivalists will immediately put on their camouflage outfits after a disaster, but that will only draw attention to themselves. Others might choose bright clothing so that people they know can find them.
But with apologies to my fashion-conscious readers, the best way to dress following a disaster will be in gray and earth tones. I’m talking gray shirts and blouses, gray or brown slacks and jeans, and brown shoes and boots. Cargo pants are great because they contain plenty of pockets for items you may need, including a compass and a weapon.
The goal here is to maintain a certain appearance that will result in someone looking at you once and immediately realizing you are neither a threat nor someone who has anything they could possibly want. Dress so that you are not worth looking at twice.
And speaking of looks, if you have been blessed with an attractive face or body, do your best to downplay those attributes. Try to look frumpy and unappealing, which can often by accomplished with loose clothing that reveals little.
You’re not going to want to wear the exact same clothes every day following a crisis. So start acquiring your drab clothing now. Use that gray matter in your head to make yourself gray on the outside as well.