Fashion for the Apocalypse
Ah ha ~ those that know me, will say, ‘oh that’s so her’, because in my previous, lah de dah lifestyle, I was all about fashion ~ and still am in a fashion (pun intended); so I can’t pass up this opportunity of talking about fashion in the reference to packing for emergency situations. And in my research so far, for ‘emergency preparedness’, I found hardly any discussion on what to wear, or what clothing to have ready in your “BOB or BOV” aka “Bug Out Bag or Bug Out Vehicle”; well not for women, by women, at least.
Men have shown in their tutorial videos on what they’d pack ~ and depending on the extremeness of their preparing…it ranges in general from long johns to layers to “all or nothing” camo gear. Note, the best advice I saw was from experienced hikers, who actually use the clothing they are discussing and in different types of weather. The important key is pack or dress in layers ….so….
Let’s start with layers. What every person needs to pack for an emergency evacuation ~ or any event that would require them to leave their home in a hurry ~ they should have clothing packed that would assist them in whatever climate situation they’d find themself in ~ so yes layers would be the best bet.
Think camping or if you’ve never been camping, think three day trip through an area that could be one day hot, or wet and rainy; or could turn cold the next. You’d want some or all of the following items on that kind of trip (plus your basic underwear):
Hot: swimsuit, shorts, tank top, light jacket or light long sleeve shirt, sandals, sunglasses, hat.
Wet/Rainy: light weight able to dry fast type of clothing or repels water, umbrella, poncho or waterproof jacket, over clothes type of rainwear, sandals or boots, hat.
Cold: pants, long sleeve shirt, vest or sweater, scarf, gloves, socks, insulated undergarments like long johns, boots or all terrain shoes, hat or stocking cap.
Go online and search using the words: Camp clothing, Safari clothing, Hiking clothing. These will give you a much broader idea of what to pack for possible multiple weather situations. You’ll also find clothing that can be both pants and shorts ~ undergarments that can be versatile as outer clothing as well and many other creative alternatives; key is to pack less but have multiple usages.
So after the basics how does fashion come into play? ~ Well, it doesn’t really have to, but I’m a fahsionista and I want to be prepared in that area too. Ok, silly to some I know, but let me explain further ~ I have a legit reasoning.
A while back, I was conversing with a friend and said, “Well, if it’s the end of the world and I have to leave my home for good, and my plan is to go somewhere else to start a new life….”, I said, “…I’d want to take at least one dress or skirt.” She’s like, “That’s not what she’d take, she’d pack her grungiest to take-on the end of the world!”.
And I said, “Well I wasn’t talking heels and a party dress, but what I meant is, that if this is the only clothes I’m going to have for a very long time and I’m going to start a life somewhere else ~ I’d want something nice too, for later; you know, girls clothes, to remind me of better times, normal times.” I added, “Don’t worry, the main clothes I’d be wearing while traversing the apocalypse would be all terrain type, blend in type, as I probably wouldn’t want to stand out as a woman during that time”. Of course our discussion was half in jest. We both are into being prepared, but don’t think the world is coming to an end or if a version of it does happen, don’t think it’ll be as bad as a ‘zombie apocalypse’ but in reality, really being prepared more for like a general home evacuation need, due to a natural disaster of some sort.
It did make me think about a fictitious packing scenario, when I dreamed of back-packing around Europe and taking the train. I remembered I had planned in that imaginary satchel the following: a pair of jeans, a pair of shorts, two piece bikini, tank top, long sleeve button up shirt (can be used as top or jacket) long skirt (can be rolled up to make short), strap dress, sandals, boots, t-shirt, zipped hoodie, a lightweight overcoat and hat n scarf (and undies, socks). I pictured wearing mostly the bikini under my shorts, tank top and long sleeve and sandals on the coastal areas, always ready to take a dip. The dress and sandals would be for the nights I’m able to go out to dinner. The boots, jeans, t-shirt, hoodie and scarf when I went to the local dance club …the rolled up skirt, the next day, again over my rinsed out bikini, maybe with the boots or sandals …etc … versatile and fashionable. I still think I should make that trip J I was thinking ending up on one of the islands of Greece, like in the movie “Summer Lovers”, (a beautiful film of Greece, but forewarn kind of cheesy storyline.)
I also remembered the days I travelled to see the band “the Grateful Dead” in concert. The people of the parking lot and their caravan buses, they were always so colorful and dressed in layers. The girls wearing much the same as I described above but more extreme as they wore their clothes like they were the suitcase ~ skirts over long johns or shorts ~ layers that would be shed as the day’s sun heated the area; and put back on as the chill of the night started in. It also brought to mind, the story of “Heidi”. As a little girl, I was read the story of “Heidi”. And on her trip to go live with her grandfather, she wore all her clothes on her body, in layers, for her travel; anyhow, if its winter when an evacuation happened that could be an option.
So the talk of what really would you pack continued ~ and again it kept going back to which evacuation plan would it be (BOB or BOV) and what was the type of emergency situation that would have you fleeing?
That’s what makes preparing for the ‘what if’s ‘tricky ~ you don’t know, so you have to assume it’s a major reason you will be evacuating your home and all your things ~ and prepare accordingly.
I personally have two types of emergency evacuation plans ~ and using my vehicle is one of them, which is called the *BOV aka Bug Out Vehicle. And a simple back-pack with survival items for three days is the other, called a *BOB aka Bug out Bag; so packing clothes for each will be different. As the BOV scenario could fit more than one bag of clothes, I’ll skip over that and just relay what I’d have packed in the BOB. But first let’s talk about situations that may be the emergency cause for such an evacuation ~ that causes you to have to evacuate your home.
Name a natural disaster from anywhere and there’s a valid reason why someone would have to evacuate their home; earthquake, tornado, tsunami, hurricane. Around here in Southern Oregon, most likely would be an out of control forest fire or possible flooding, in those cases Id most likely be able to use the *BOV plan, and I would pack out also the pets, and yes they are part of the BOV plan. In a dire ‘end of the world’ scenarios, economy collapse, asteroid, polar shift, EMP, marital law ~ whichever that may be ~ I plan to *BI (aka Bug In) first, as hopefully I’ll be living a self-sustainable life about that time on my own piece of land; but if due to immediate danger to my home or myself ~ i.e. unlawful people ~ I may need to just hit the high road in an instant and the *BOB comes into play.
Yes ~ none of this may happen ~ but I feel good knowing I’m prepared for “what if’s” in this world~ well semi prepared ~ I can only do so much by myself ~ but I’m working on it gradually.
So now that I’ve covered the possible what if’s and why’s you’d be evacuating your home ~ and the reasons for two plans ~ and furthermore why I feel fashion consciousness still is important for a semi normal future; lets discuss what I’ve chosen in basic for the evacuation plan using a BOB.
Note ~ this is not an all-inclusive listing; it does not include the survival item details. This entry focus is clothes and accessories only.
BOB ~ *Bug Out Bag:
I have my *BOB packed and ready to go with three days’ worth of survival items (see basic essentials listed below)
The 10 Essentials:
1. Water ( & water purifier) , 2. Food /cooking devices, 3. Fire Starter / Lighter / Matches,
4. Shelter items (tent or tarp) 5. Items for warmth: blanket, sleeping bag,
6. First Aid Kit / Sun & Bug protection, 7. Flashlight / Headlamp, 8. Map /Compass/hand crank radio,
9. Knife/Fishing tackle, 10. Clothes
I’ve found a backpack suffices better for packing all of the above and still is quite comfortable to carry for a person my size (5ft), but you can “Bug Out” with any type of bag ~ the main thing is having it ready to go and it’s easy to carry.
(One thing to add about a good back pack ~ find one with interior frame, adjustable straps around chest, waist and torso. Has a separate sleeping bag compartment. Water bladder inserts capabilities, and has lots of pockets for separating items and easy accessibility. Most have one big interior for main packing area; a plus is the ones’ with the capabilities of two compartments and access separately to both; they are out there but may be more spendy)
So what kind of clothes would “I” pack in my *BOB? I’ve listed above the basics you’d need for all types of weather ~ I mentioned what I’d take on a backpack trip around Europe above ~ but this is a possible “all that I will have for a while” clothes situation and will have to be a condensed version of a normal trip bag; so on thoughtful consideration on what I have ~ I’ve put together the following:
My *BOB ~ Fashion for the apocalypse (my colors are more black/brown/orangish/green and though I do like white, it’d get dirty fast, so only maybe something very cottony thinking like safari heat ~ I’m kinda going with the earthy/natural style) Note underwear a given.
Levis pants (button fly)
2 pairs Cargo shorts green and khaki (or versatile pant/short s version … on my list to purchase)
Zip up hoodie jacket ~ Green
T Shirt ~ ‘Fave’ The Doors (brownish/green)
Tank top ~ ’Fave’ Orange/brown
Flannel long sleeve button up (mix of same colors)
Two piece swimsuit ~ brown
White cotton oversized breezy swimsuit cover up ~ it’s like a long shirt
Skirt (elastic band) ~ can be rolled up to be short (several colors matching above)
Hat, scarf and gloves
Thermal long johns ~ I have the basic white but thinking they need to be dyed… a color of the green so can be worn under the skirt or shorts if needed. The long sleeve under the T’s or Tank.
Doc Martens Boots ~ natural leather brown (Ive had these for years, and have hiked in them before)
Socks ~ matching above
Hiking/rafting sandals ~ waterproof
As my fashion tastes change so will the above (and also as my budget changes, I know of some actual hiking / camping wear that I’d like to invest in later) ~ but the main thing is keeping the clothes packed for 3 days that can be interchangeable, being versatile, prepared for all types of weather & climates and in my case ~ be semi matching.
Hope this article helped or if anything, added some sunshine to the doom and gloom of preparedness.
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