In the snow, a good
pair of snow boots can mean the difference between
slipping over every five minutes and being able to
really make tracks; and between your toes freezing off
and having warm, comfortable feet. You need base layers
or thermals, a fleece and a sizeable parka on top of
that, with a hat, gloves and a scarf, especially if
you’re in minus temperatures. Chances are you’ll already
be wearing this, but it’s always good to have spares in
your bug out bag.
Again, a sensible pair
of shoes is advisable. Think of your wife’s flimsy court
shoe or your son’s flimsy converse; they will not hold
up in the pouring rain. Waterproofs are essential.
Preferably breathable, they should have zipped pockets
so essentials can’t fall out or for weapons access. The
best types will be wind- and rain- proof, warm, include
a hood, and have sealed seams rather than stitch.
Hats, sunglasses and
sun cream. I know it sounds obvious, but when you pack
your everyday carry bag, you’re thinking of the bare
essentials, but we all know what it’s like to be
sunburned or not be able to see because of the sun. You
can doubt it, but when it comes down to it, you’ll
really appreciate the simple thing that is a hat.
-Underwear and socks –
because eventually you’ll get sick, or get sores if you
wear the same thing for too long.
-A belt – a utility
belt can be very helpful as you can attach your holster
or other tools to it, making it a very useful thing to
have on you.
-A scarf or shemagh –
whether this is a desert scarf or a fleece one, a scarf
will be invaluable for keeping your face warm or prevent
you from breathing dust in.
All good stores will
stock all these products and more, and because they were
once used in the military, so you know that they are
hardwearing and durable. Above all, think layering,
especially in the winter.