Part 5: To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question

To Flee or Not To Flee….That is the Question…PART 5

by M.B.

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Other clothing:

Long johns are always good to have no matter what the season. It can get chilly at night. You should have a good pair of pants with multiple pockets in your bag. Carpenter type work jeans or military clothing would be good. Perhaps a trip to a surplus store would be a good idea.

Gloves – 1 pair of ‘work’ (cut resistant) and 1 pair ‘warm’. Make sure that they fit & that you can still use your fingers and such. Mechanix gloves are a good choice for work gloves, a pair of insulated leather gloves might be good for the warm ones. However some research has shown that wearing gloves that are too tight can prevent you from retaining maximum heat. One or two pairs of ‘brownies’ in your bag would be a good idea too. They can be used for extra insulation if it’s really cold outside or just as extra gloves in case yours get wet.

Hats – 1 wool cap, preferably a ski mask, thick enough to keep your face warm & 1 baseball hat (hat with a bill).

Shirts – 1 long sleeved ‘polo’ type shirt 1 short sleeved & 2 t-shirts or tank- tops.

Coats – It depends on the climate. However a good poncho is a good investment. It can be used for many different things in or out.

Consider moccasins for additional footwear. A sturdy pair of shatter resistant sunglasses could be useful too. Do you wear prescription glasses or contacts? That’s something to think about.

Have you considered Chap Stick, nail clippers, toothpicks (the kind w/ the floss thingy), cleaning your ears, body, mouth, hair? What about headaches, diarrhea, athletes’ foot, blisters? Or bugs, allergies, sunburn, windburn, infections, disinfecting, hemorrhoids? Are you a smoker? Do you have special needs or habits that you may not be able to get properly addressed in a timely manner due to the incident?  Don’t forget about a first aid kit.


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4 Comments

  1. If it is going to be cold or wet, don’t but cotton ‘long johns”. When I am hunting in snow and sometime rain I use polypropylene thermals. They which the moisture away from your body and help you feel warm almost instantly.

    Go to any good sporting goods store and tell them you are new to hunting and may get rain or snow on your trip. They can go over what you should consider getting BEFORE your life depends on it.

    I have hiked up and down mountains for days looking for elk in snow, with my coat opened up and shirts open because of the polypropylene thermals doing their job.

  2. This series has been super helpful. I hadnt every really given any thought to what I might need in the event of an ER and would have never considered things like lip balm or lotion and I depend on that stuff daily.

  3. I agree with the above comment to avoid cotton as a winter undergarment, however, polypro is very old technolgy as far as synthetic underwear goes. Polypro has 2 big disadvantages to it…
    1) it absorbs odor and oil(s) very rapidly (you ever see crews cleaning up an oil spill on the water throwing down those white sheets about 12″x12″ in size?…they’re polypropylene sheets…to absorb the oil) and 2) polypro is NOT dryer safe and will shrink just like wool if you throw it in the dryer.
    My experience comes from 24 years in the Army, 3 in Recon in Alaska, 15 in Special Forces and then 5 years in the retail mountaineering business. I know of what I speak. No brag, just fact! (there are better synthetic underwear(s) out there.)

  4. most posts/sites i see recommend wool as the inside layer…i have no proof to offer, but has been most recommended on various resources

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