Clothing and Insulation: Ten Essentials for Survival
This read expounds on our previous general summary discussion of the Ten Essentials for Survival.
Part of the ten essentials are insulation (new) and extra clothing (old). They can be things of necessity amidst environmental factors and prowling life.
Many materials are there for you to make use of for survival clothing and insulation. These can be either man-made or natural. Such man-made materials could come from a parachute assembly. While such natural materials could be skins and plant materials.
These can include hat, gloves, and jackets. Furthermore, extra clothing can be worn for cold conditions.
Clothing is a string of materials worn on the body. Meanwhile, insulation more so refers to a more general term to describe barriers that reduce heat transfer; this can refer to shelter insulation or clothing insulation.
Below are a few basic ideas to get you started on improvising or acting for clothing and insulation in a survival situation.
Clothing and Insulation – Parachute Assembly
Every part of a parachute assembly you can use as a resource. Before you disassemble a parachute, do think of all what you require in a survival situation. Different portions of the parachute you must plan for accordingly. Example requirements could be that for shelter and a need for storage or perhaps specifically a rucksack, on top of your needs for clothing or insulation.
Clothing and Insulation – Animal Skins
What animal skins you get to use will largely depend on what you will be able to hunt or trap. If there is an abundance of animals, however, focus on getting the hides of bigger animals with relatively heavier coats and larger fat contents. Try to
Try to stray away from using infected or diseased animals for getting skin. Additionally, you must also know what small parasites animals are able to carry. Because of so, the use of water for thorough washing is advisable. If none is available, try to at the very least shake out the skin out of these parasites. Lay out the skin and remove all the fat and meat when dealing with rawhide. The skin you will have to dry fully. The hind quarter joint areas you can use to create shoes, mittens or even socks. To use the insulation to its fullest potential, the hide with fur you should wear to the inside.
Clothing and Insulation – Plant Fibers
You can also use plants as sources of insulation. One such plant of which belongs to the marshland variety is Cattail. You can find such plants along lakes, river backwaters, and ponds. The fuzz that you can observe from stalk tops form dead spaces of air and makes it a good piece of insulation. The pollenlike seeds that one can find in milkweed also can act as good insulators. We also have the husky fibers of coconuts that can make it not just good for insulation when but also for weaving ropes and tinder.
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