Category Archives: Clothing

The Best Footwear For TEOTWAWKI

Footwear For TEOTWAWKII 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 over every other. 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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How to Repair Fasteners on Field Gear and Clothing

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Sewing supplies

Hopefully you have stocked up on a good selection of sewing supplies.  So you look in your supplies and find a zipper repair kit.  Instead of having to rip out the old one, which you may or may not have a replacement for, you can save time and money by replacing what is wrong with it.  I don’t know about you, but it’s hard to replace zippers in coats and jackets, even in jeans.

These are some of the types of kits, I found on the internet:

  • Zipper kit for; outdoor gear like tents, backpacks and tents
  • Zipper kit for: clothing
  • Zipper kit for; tab replacement
  • Ezy zipper Glide; helps with sticky zippers
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Zipper repair kits

Now this is just one example of how you can solve a problem with a little bit of preplanning. …

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Cooking with A Wonder Box/Oven Thermal Cooker

wonder box/ovenSummer is fast approaching and so is the hot weather. My wife doesn’t like heat, so she is always concerned about heating up the kitchen when cooking. One of her tricks is to use the Wonder Box/Oven. This is a simple homemade thermal cooker. It not only helps to keep your kitchen cool, but it also saves you money on fuel.

They are basically a well-insulated box that holds a preheated pan and lets the food cook from the retained heat. At the bottom of the page are a couple of links that will help you to make one for yourself.…

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Sewing Supplies, You Need at Least a Minimum Kit

sewing suppliesWell folks our grandson is getting married in a few weeks, so of course we are having the round of bridal showers for his fiancé.  I thought this would be a good time to fill a new sewing box I had picked up.  I couldn’t tell if she was kidding or not but she looked at it and said, ”what is this for.”  Everyone laughed, but how many girls out there don’t know how to sew or what sewing supplies they need..

Over the years, I have had many friends ask me to fix their clothes for them.  Sewing was taught in school when I went to school.  …

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Waterproofing for Tents, Clothing and Shoes, Making Your Own

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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 SoleLabz.com 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

 

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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

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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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