Category Archives: Clothing

Waterproofing for Tents, Clothing and Shoes, Making Your Own


The right 1/2 of this cap has been waterproofed

For many years, oilcloth was used for waterproofing clothes, tents and even for covering pioneers wagons.  You can still buy oilcloth clothing and some members of my family wear it and love it for rainy weather.  Oilcloth, also known as enameled cloth or (in England) American cloth, was close-woven cotton duck or linen cloth (canvas) with a coating of boiled linseed oil.  It was one of very few flexible, waterproof materials that were widely available.  Oilcloth was used as an outer waterproof layer for clothing, luggage and many other uses.

Now recently I have been looking into how to make your own waterproofing materials. …

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A Good Pair of Timberland Hiking Boots

Timberland hiking bootsRecently I received a pair of Timberland Whiteledge hiking boots from James Menta of who asked me to do a review of these Timberland hiking boots.  When I got the boots several weeks ago, I decided to wear them for a couple of days to see how they felt.  Well I found them to be so comfortable that I am still wearing them every day.  I like them.

First a bit of information on Timberland

Timberland is an American company that is headquartered in Stratham, New Hampshire, but they have offices all around the world. While they are an American company, the boots that they sent me were manufactured in China.…

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Improvised Footwear to Keep Your Feet Warm and Dry


improvised footwear

If you shoes are too tight for extra socks or insulation, you can make a footwrap out of heavy cloth or canvas.

You are out for the day and are 50 or 60 miles from home, when your car quits from EMP, or some other catastrophic event occurs, and you have to walk home.  The weather is not good, you have to deal with snow, cold or rain and you only have a pair of tennis shoes.  How can you make improvised footwear?

If you have any kind of a get home kit, hopefully you will have a couple of plastic bags large enough to fit over your feet and extra pair of socks.  …

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Shoe Goo a Useful Product for Preppers

shoe gooA while back I wore a hole in the rubber mat in my car.  Now these things are expensive and I was not looking forward to buying a new one.  This is when one of my sons spoke up and said why don’t you repair it with shoe goo.  I thought what do I have to lose and tried it.  It worked beautifully and has been holding up for over a year with no change.

Shoe Goo is one of these products like duct tape that seems to have a million uses.  Shoe Goo is sold to use to repair tennis shoes. …

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An Epic Boot Failure

boot failure

The boots

This morning my wife and I decided to go for a four-mile hike.  Now this is a trail that we hike on regularly and normally have no problems.  Lately my wife has been complaining about her ankles and so she decided to wear boots instead of athletic shoes.  This led to a major boot failure.

About four years or so ago, she had put a pair of boots in the trunk of her car with her get home bag.  Now she checks her bag a couple of times a year and that includes the boots.  So today, she thinks I will wear those boots because they will give my ankles more support.…

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Footwraps as Improvised Socks or Foot Wear

Recruits in the Russian Army learning to use footwraps

Socks are something that we take for granted.  It is so easy to run down to the store and purchase a cheap pair.  That has not always be the case.  I can remember my Grandmother knitting or darning socks in the evenings by the fire in England.  How many of you know how to darn or knit socks.  One solution is to improvise socks by making footwraps.

Footwraps have been around for thousands of years.  They were used at Valley Forge, often without boots.  Many Eastern European armies used them up until the beginning of this century. …

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Merino Wool Makes for Great Socks

merino woolFor years, I have heard about Merino wool socks, but they have been one of those things that I haven’t got around to stocking up in any quantity.  Well this year a friend sent me several pairs of Merino wool socks and I love them.

Merino wool comes from the merino sheep and is considered one of the best for warmth and wear.  The following is what Wikipedia has to say about Merino wool.

  • Merino is excellent at regulating body temperature, especially when worn against the skin. The wool provides some warmth, without overheating the wearer. It draws moisture (sweat) away from the skin, a phenomenon known as wicking.
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Preppers Should Store Clothes for Long-term

store clothesIf the economy and world conditions continue to head downhill at their current rate, one of these days we will be glad  that we store clothes in our preps.  If you have children you want to plan ahead to allow for their growth.  For adults and children you want to stock sturdy work clothing and boots.  Clothes will wear out quicker than normal, due to having to perform more manual labor.  In addition, the clothing will be washed by methods that are more damaging to the material.

There are several ways to accumulate clothing inexpensively.  One is to go to the local thrift stores. …

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Ponchos are an Excellent Multi Use Piece of Equipment


A US woodland poncho

Today everyone is pretty familiar with a poncho.  You have seen them in the movies from the Clint Eastwood westerns to the WW2 movies.

There are two main types of ponchos that we commonly encounter.  One is made from wool or a similar fabric and is designed to keep one warm.  The second type is normally made from a waterproof material and is designed to keep one dry.  Ponchos have been used by the Native American peoples of the Andes since pre-Hispanic times and are a familiar sight in South and Central America and even the US southwest.…

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The best footwear, shoes and boots for TEOTWAWKI

boots for TEOTWAWKI

The pair of boots on the left are the only one that I payed full price for.


I have wanted to write an article on boots and shoes for some time now, but I see and hear so many different opinions that I have not been sure of exactly what to say.  After thinking about it for a while, I have come to the conclusion that there is no one brand or type of boot that I can recommend.  There are many good shoes and boots for TEOTWAWKI, so I am going to give you some general guidelines.

Because of where I live, I have good military style boots, but also snow boots and several pairs of running/hiking shoes. …

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