In most any survival situation – your hands will be very important. As a martial artist – I understand very well how critical the hands are. The hands can grab, push, pull, twist, and manipulate. Being able to build a shelter, tie a rope, open a box of matches, and even chop wood requires the use of hands.
Damage to the hands can risk your ability to survive – depending on the situation of course.
When considering “stuff” to put back and stock up on – gloves should definitely be included. Having a good pair of gloves can protect hands from the rigors of swinging an ax, carrying firewood or handling that catfish.
Gloves do not have to cost a lot of money. Inexpensive thin cloth gloves can be bought for just a couple of dollars and work great for light duty work such as pruning or pulling up some weeds.
On the other end of the spectrum are leather gloves. I like these for maximum protection from work-loads such as lifting things with sharper edges.
My preference belongs to the Mechanix line of gloves. I have several pair and have found them comfortable and very durable. Available in both velcro cinching around the wrist as well as simple pull-on models. I have both – and like them both.
Here are a few examples:
I like a glove that fits tight so that more detailed work can be felt. Many of these gloves can be worn while shooting and reloading as well as accessing firearm bolt releases, slide releases, safety’s, etc. These can be worked with no problems.
I make sure that I have a pair or two of gloves in every survival kit I own.