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Choosing Survival Clothing – The Basics

Choosing the items of survival clothing you should pack for yourself and your family will very much depend on the following:

  1. The type of emergency or disaster you are prepping for.
  2. The Climate / Weather Conditions.
  3. Your geographical location

Certain items of survival clothing will be the same for whatever scenario you are planning for these are known as all scenario items. These items should be ready to grab and go at all times.

An example of some of these all scenario items are:

  • Hat / Bandana
  • Gloves
  • Jacket / Coat
  • Boots / Sturdy Footwear
  • Socks
  • Trousers / Shorts / Pants (Ideally Combat Style with multiple pockets)
  • Shirt / Top (Ideally moisture-wicking material)
  • Sun Glasses
  • Underwear

These are some of the basic items that you have probably already thought of. What you add to this list will be specific to the survival/emergency scenarios you are planning for. For example Urban Survival clothing, Wilderness Survival Clothing and so on.

Choosing Survival Clothing for Specific Weather Conditions

As mentioned above, whatever the survival scenario you are planning for, the amount and type of clothing you pack will also depend on climate/weather conditions.

The survival clothing you pack should be designed to protect you not only in milder climates but also in extreme climates. For example rain, snow, ice and extreme heat. It should also be suitable for the area you live in.

Understanding why each item is needed can ensure you make the right decisions about what goes into your survival kit. You may find it beneficial to create an overall survival clothing kit list and then break it down into separate packs that are ready to grab and go depending on the weather and survival situation.

Below is some guidance on the different weather conditions you need to consider when preparing your survival clothing checklist.


I don’t know about you but in recent years I have noticed the seasons are changing, temperatures and weather conditions in the spring can vary greatly. Always remember to protect yourself from the sun.

If you experience hot temperatures during the spring you still need to aim to have some warm clothing on you even if it’s in your backpack. Although it may be too warm to wear during the day, temperatures could fall significantly during the night and the following early morning.


During the hot summer days, your main focus should be on protection from the sun.  You should make sure you pack sunscreen, hats and protective eyewear to protect you from dangerous UV levels.

Packing or wearing lightweight moisture wicking shirts or t-shirts to prevent you from overheating is a great addition to your kit. Resist the temptation to go topless to stay cool, light colored clothes can help keep the sun off and moisture in.


Much the same as in the springtime temperatures can be variable during the autumn. If you are out in the sun all day without shelter, the sun could still adversely affect you.  Night time temperatures can fall well below freezing so prepare and pack warmer clothing for this possibility.


The winter season is naturally associated with protecting yourself from the cold and wet. By using layers of clothing to stay warm and dry you can get the best around protection with the flexibility to adjust for temperature variations. Ensure you have the correct winter footwear that is water-resistant and moisture wicking. Winter socks, coats, base layer t-shirts and thermal underwear are all good items to prepare. Remember to pack gloves, hats, and scarfs. I also place reusable hand warmers in my pockets just in case.


Some of the survival clothing items listed above and the ones that you choose as essential emergency preparedness items are likely to be items of clothing that you already wear in your day-to-day life.

The next time you make such a purchase or replace an existing item. Remember to consider how the item of clothing you are buying can help you in a survival situation. For example, when shopping for a new Jacket / Coat last year I decided upon an M65 Military Field Jacket. The design of the jacket appealed to me not only because it came with a removable winter inner layer so I could wear it for long periods at different temperatures. It also had multiple pockets designed specifically to house my EDC (Every Day Carry) items.

Remember to thoroughly research each item to ensure it meets your needs. The clothing that you choose to wear and the kit you carry with you on a daily basis will make all the difference when it comes to surviving in an emergency situation.

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