Do you have spare clothes in your kits?

Think back to the news footage we saw following 9/11. How many people did we see trying to evacuate the area while wearing suits, skirts, and/or dress shoes?

I consider myself fortunate in that I only have to wear a suit and tie on rare occasion for my day job. Personally, I’ve never understood the purpose of wearing ties but maybe that’s just me. In any event, while I don’t need to be “formal” at work, I do have to wear “business casual” attire. I’m able to get away with cargo pants and pull over shirts most of the time, which when coupled with a good pair of sturdy shoes is probably enough for most bug out scenarios.

But, I do still keep spare clothes with my car kit. What I’ve done is set up a separate bag with a pair of cargo pants, long sleeve flannel shirt, thinner undershirt, a pair of underwear, two pair of socks, and hiking boots. If need be, I can grab that bag when I grab my kit, then change out of my work clothes along the way.

During the colder months, I add a knit cap, spare gloves, thicker socks, and long underwear to the bag. While I always have a hat and gloves with me in the car, it doesn’t hurt anything to have spares.

If you end up in an evacuation or bug out situation, you don’t want to try doing so in a suit or dress. Keep a set of comfortable yet sturdy clothes with your kit and grab it on your way.

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Jim Cobb

Jim Cobb has been a student of survivalism and emergency preparedness for almost thirty years. As a young child, he drove his parents nuts with stockpiling supplies in the basement every time he heard there was a tornado watch in his area. Of course, being a child, those supplies consisted of his teddy bear, a few blankets and pillows, and random canned goods he grabbed from the kitchen cabinets. Later, he was the first (and likely only) child in his fifth grade class to have bought his very own copy of Life After Doomsday by Bruce Clayton. Today, he is a freelance writer whose work has been published in national magazines such as Boy’s Life and Complete Survivalist Magazine. He is a voracious reader with a keen interest in all stories with post-apocalyptic settings. He maintains the Library at the End of the World blog and is also the Content Director for He currently resides in a fortified bunker in the upper Midwest, accompanied by his lovely wife and their three adolescent Weapons of Mass Destruction. Jim's first book, Prepper's Home Defense, was published late 2012 and his second book, tentatively titled The Prepper's Complete Guide to Disaster Readiness, will be out in mid-2013, both coming from Ulysses Press.

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