This is a guest post and entry in our non-fiction writing contest by Ben D
I’m not going to talk about warm winter clothing. That’s been done before. If you live in a northern climate, of course you should have a good warm coat, a backup warm coat, and probably even a backup to the backup. Even if you live in a southern climate, it still doesn’t hurt to have a good warm coat as a backup. After all, when the power is spotty, or out completely, being warm is critical to survival during the winter months.
Looks like I did talk about warm clothing a little bit. Well, a quick reminder could mean a difference between life and death. So consider yourself warned on staying warm.
However, this little article is about the other three seasons… spring, summer, and fall.
Let me truly begin by painting a picture for you… it is summer outside. A blistering 103 degrees that makes the air dance when you look down a road. It’s so bright and sunny that you only need half of your solar oven to boil water. Sweat is pouring down your back as you plant another row of seeds in your garden. You think to yourself how nice a glass of ice-cold water would taste right about now. But there is no ice anymore, so you have to settle for the hot water in your canteen that has now been sitting in the sun for an hour, baking. A few hours ago, you left it in the shade, but dang that old sun, moving across the sky. The sun continues to move across the sky and eventually sets with you welcoming the coolness of the night with open arms.
Or so you thought… as you lay there in bed, you begin to itch. Your neck, your ears, if you are male, you are bald spot, they all start to itch. Next thing you know, your back and arms start to itch too. You itch all over. It’s like someone rubbed poison ivy or poison oak all over your clothes. Not being able to stand the itching anymore, you grab your flash light and head to the bathroom. There, you discover that you’ve become sunburn. Extremely sunburned.
That sunburn could have been prevented. Part of being a good prepper is being prepared of course. And a good way to be prepared for the summer is with SPF clothing. I own several light cotton long sleeve shirts from Coolibar. The shirts I own from Coolibar has a zinc thread weaved in with the cotton shirt making it the equivalent of wearing sunscreen that is SPF 50. They also sell a variety of SPF protected hats too. You don’t necessarily have to go with Coolibar since there are numerous companies that some great SPF clothing. There are SPF hats, swimwear, pants, shirts, dresses, just lots of stuff that y’all should consider for the other three seasons! A great thing about SPF clothing is that such clothing is significantly cheaper than buying a bunch of sun screen.
During the summer, especially summers in the south or south-west, you’re not going to want to wear thick clothing to protect your skin from the sun. No, you’ll want to wear a light cotton shirt for all the extra outdoor work you’ll need to do, from gardening, to patrolling, to finding other folks to trade with. And a nice summer cotton shirt, even a long sleeve one is not going to cut. A typical cotton shirt provides protection that is about the same as wearing sunscreen that is SPF 5 to 8. For folks who are fair-skinned, that’s instant burning and a little later peeling. So make sure you have some good sun protection for days you’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. Especially if you don’t want to store hundreds of containers of sun screen that will one day expire if you don’t use them.
As an aside, you can start using these shirts immediately too! Planning on going to the beach or hiking in the desert? Having a good shirt with an SPF rating of 25 or more is a great idea!
There are still other clothing options many might not have considered. A good rain coat for when work that still must be done outside when it is raining. My wife and I have several large black containers that we store most of our preps in order to stay under the radar (containers labeled Christmas decorations are filled with canned goods for example). Those same containers can be used to collect rain water in a pinch and having a good rain coat to stay dry while working outside in the rain to collect water is just a smart idea. Maybe one might have to go hunting in the rain or even stand watch. So don’t forget a good rain coat!
By now, I think y’all get the point. Remember, there are three other seasons in the year, and having the appropriate clothing for each of those seasons will definitely make your life better right now and post-TEOTWAWKI.
This is an entry in our non-fiction writing contest where you could win:
First Prize) Winner will receive a Nomad – 1 Person Standard Survival Package courtesy of Shepherd Survival Supply, a One Month Food Pack courtesy of Augason Farms, a $150 gift certificate for Remington Ammo courtesy of LuckyGunner.com and a EcoZoom’s Versa Stove courtesy of EcoZoom stoves. A total prize value of over $875.
Second Prize) Winner will receive two (2) Rothco Sure Paks With Heater courtesy of Camping Survival, a Wise Food Vegetable bucket courtesy of LPC Survival and a Wonder Junior hand grain mill courtesy of Kitchen Kneads. A total prize value of over $509.
Third Prize) Winner will receive 3 – 27 Variety of Non Hybrid, Heirloom Non GMO Survival Seeds, 2 – Fruit Pack of Non Hybrid, Heirloom Non GMO Survival Seeds and 2- First Aid Kit with Sutures in a Waterproof Resealable Bag courtesy of Be Prepared Now. A total prize value of over $215.
Contest ends on March 30 2012.