No, not guns, knives or slingshots. Your second skin.
If you have gained a few years and are well beyond that young, dumb and immortal era…and now just dumb, here are a few items to consider protecting your hide.
GOGGLES: There are some great deals on Mil surplus goggles as well as civilian sport goggles out there. If the lead, concrete and wood chips are flying you are going to want to protect your eyes. In a fire-fight or running a chain saw your vision is your most important asset in a grid down situation. Look for vented double walled lens to prevent fogging.
GLOVES: The slightest cut or burn can quickly escalate into a serious condition in a third world environment. Heavy canvas work gloves for all of those chores you are not used to doing. Surgical or nitrile gloves for your medical or waste management duties. Lastly good fitting lightweight leather or Nomex for weapons handling, those bang sticks get blistering hot quickly with use. The older two part Mil. Surplus gloves consist of a leather outer/ wool inner has a wrist cinch. These got me though some bitter Pennsylvania winters pumping gas.
ELBO/KNEE PADS; Even if you are use to slamming yourself around, that ground can be hard and rocky to the best of us. Save your self some serious lacerations or worse, a blown knee or elbow. These are available surplus or from LE and sports sites. Look for good flexibility.
BOOTS: Got to protect those feet, especially if you are planning on hoofing it to a distant bug out location. Don’t scrimp here. get the best that you can possibly afford. Those lightweight tennies may let you fly but they wont hold up in the long run. I highly recommend Danner boots. I have had mine for a lifetime. Don’t forget a nice supply of good wool socks and foot powder to go with them.
HATS: If you are not use to spending a lot of time out doors, you are going to want a good full brimmed bush hat. It will keep the sun off of your face, ears and neck and the rain out of your eyes. A hat with brim loops will let you add foliage for camouflage. These hats are also available with a mosquito head net if you have that problem in your area. A good hat and a poly head-over will also help contain your body heat in colder climes.
RUGGED CLOTHING: Surplus military gear also shines here. Some areas you may have to operate in will turn your civilian clothes to ribbons. Military combat blouses and trousers are available in a wide variety of camo patterns. These usually come with reinforced elbows and knees, secure fasteners and a multitude of cargo pockets. LEVIS come highly recommended although the newer ones are not as robust as the originals. Navy SEALS regularly wore these with their other combat gear in Vietnam, they fit better than the baggy ill fitting issue trousers.
Military field jackets come with a collar contained zip out hood and can accept a good quilted liner that ups its cold weather capabilities. These are made for harsh conditions. The B2 bomber jacket that comes in a variety of colors is also a good cold weather jacket.
Thoughtful shopping of these items will save you a lot of wear and tear on that blood bag of yours and also save you from using up those precious medical supplies while keeping you more effective at solving the many problems on the horizon.