Category Archives: Clothing

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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Making Gloves with Fingers from Socks


gloves with fingers from socks

Finished glove, palm up. You want tough materiel on palm for wear.

The other day I was talking to my Mother-in-Law and we were going through some boxes, she found a project she started years ago before her stroke. Now that she can’t do a lot of the things she used to do, she has been showing me some things, they used to make to save money.  Making gloves with fingers from socks was such an interesting idea that I had to share. We have plenty of old socks around here that have lost their spring and have holes, but are still good enough for gloves.…

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Washing Clothes by hand


washing clothes

A washboard will work, but requires you to keep your hands in the water and is hard on your skin.

Washing clothes the old-fashioned way without a washing machine takes lots of time and effort. It can be very hard on your hands, but there are a few things that you can do to make it easier on yourself.

First, if you have stored store bought soaps it will be easier to wash with and better on your skin that the homemade lye soaps.  The less you have to put your hands in the soapy water the easier washing clothes will be on your skin.…

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Shoe Goo Useful for Repairing Tennis Shoes, Boots and Rain Gear.

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Shoe Goo can be used to build up worn areas on your tennis shoes.

Shoe Goo is one of those products that like duct tape have a multitude of uses. It can be used to glue separated shoe components together or as filler on worn tennis shoe soles. It is a good sealer for repairing waterproof fabrics and footwear. Shoe Goo has been repackaged for other uses, under the brand names “Sportsman’s Goop”, for sale as a waterproof seam-sealer, and “Shoemaker in a Tube”.  Shoe Goo is particularly useful for repairing tennis shoes.

I have used Shoe Goo to repair tennis shoes and boots; it even worked to fix a hole in the floor mat in my car.…

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Hypothermia, How to Dress to Avoid It

avoid hypothermia

Many years ago, I spent a winter at a military base near Chicago.  The wind from the Great Lakes made the place miserable, often the wind chill was below zero.  Every morning we had to get up and march to chow in the dark.  We did not have good cold weather gear and put on everything we had.  We did not have long underwear.  Our dress consisted of fatigues, field jacket with liner, and a cotton hat.  We would then put on our heavy dress overcoat and use a towel for a scarf.  We just had thin leather gloves and no decent headgear. …

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Don’t Forget About the Babies

While I am on the subject of childbirth, I decided to rerun an article my daughter Jen wrote a couple of years ago.  As she mentions in the article she has five children and always has the necessary supplies on hand to take care of them.


Hello all, this is Jen again.  I told my dad he needs to add some things for people with children, so he asked me to write something up.  I am a mom of 5 kids and so I feel it is also very important to store extra things for babies and kids.

Who wants to be trapped with a baby and no diapers or formula? …

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