Dressing for Disaster

If a disaster were to hit right now, are you dressed for it? If you have just enough time to grab your Get Home Bag, how far could you really walk in the shoes on your feet?

This is something I often see overlooked when people post lists of the contents of their kits. They have several ways to make fire, enough food for a few days, a water filter or two, but little or nothing in the way of practical clothing.

Most folks spent a third or more of the day either at work or commuting to and from. This means you have better than a 30% chance that you’ll be at work if disaster strikes. People who work in the trades (carpenters, construction, plumbing, etc.) are a bit better off in that their work clothes are going to be durable. However, you white collar workers in your suits, ties, and skirts are going to be hurting units if you have to hit the trail in your work clothes.

With my job, I’m fortunate in that the dress code is “business casual.” I can get away with cargo pants, comfortable shirts, and walking shoes. On occasion though I do have to put on a coat and tie. Either way, I’m covered as I have two bags in my trunk. One is my Get Home Bag and the other has a complete change of clothes. Short sleeve shirt, flannel shirt, cargo pants, socks, undies, boots. If something happened that necessitated me to head out on foot, I’d either change first if circumstances allowed or just grab both bags and change at the earliest opportunity. If I’m changing on the run, I’d just ditch the fancy clothes and not even try to bring them along.

If you’ve not done so already, I’d highly suggest you add practical clothes to your bug out kits.

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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 SurvivalWeekly.com. 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.

One thought on “Dressing for Disaster”

  1. No doubt that a proper change of clothes is necessary for white-collar workers. Women, in particular, should at least consider tossing a pair of old sneakers in their car… I couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to walk in a pair of heels (or other fancy shoes) for miles on end.

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