Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Survival Gear - Choosing Clothing for Survival - The Pocket

Clothing is often our first line of defense in a survival situation. It is quite simply shelter for our bodies. No matter how “thick-skinned” we think we are, the human body is quite fragile when compared with most of the creatures in nature. Although this may at first seem to be one of our weaknesses, it is actually one of our greatest strengths. Clothing gives us the ability to readily adapt to almost any type of environment.

Being able to adapt quickly to a changing environment is often overlooked as one of our most important abilities. We easily put on a heavy coat or jacket and brave the worst that winter can throw at us. We avoid the effects of a heavy downpour with a poncho or a rain slicker. Nature can do its worst and we can devise a solution that will protect our bodies against the harshest of conditions. Environmental conditions that might otherwise be fatal are easily handled with the proper clothing.

One important and very fascinating part of clothing is the pocket. Whether the pocket is on a shirt, a pair of pants or a jacket, it’s a simple feature of clothing that serves a multitude of purposes. A pocket is truly an amazing thing. In a winter coat, it is a shelter for our hands if we’ve lost our gloves. And what would a survival vest be without pockets? A pocket can also serve as a container for our daily survival gear. Many of those items which we pack in our pockets on an everyday basis would be a lot harder to carry without pockets.

In fact, the more pockets an item of clothing has will quite often determine its ultimate usability. All you need to do is look at all the pockets on a set of BDU’s to realize this simple fact. Not only is clothing ranked quite often by the number of pockets it has, it is also applied to many clothing accessories as well.

Probably one of the worst disasters you can face on an everyday basis is getting a hole in one of your pockets. Not only do you face the possibility of a sudden lost of important items but your ability to carry many needed items has been seriously diminished. In fact, a great many items have been designed directly as a result of the simple pocket and its ability to carry needed items in an extremely handy manner.

Many times items are specifically designed to fit in a pocket (i.e., pocket knifes, pocket books, etc.). Even if it wasn’t specifically designed to fit in a pocket, many times items will still wind up in someone’s pocket. If it needs to be kept handy, someone will figure out a way to get it in a pocket. One way or another it will eventually wind up in someone’s pocket. It’s simply one of the best and most versatile ways to carry “stuff”.

Pockets have even become a part of our daily ritual. Many times we can’t wait to get home and “empty” our pockets. We’ve survived another day and can rest easy now.

When choosing clothing for survival, you might want to count the number of pockets.

Got pockets? You betcha!

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Absolutely love my heavy duty cargo pants for winter chores, and light duty cargo pants for any traveling or hiking. Great to have the extra storage and options. Nice article on auh a common and important item, thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yep, read a tip from Backwoodsman magazine some time back. If you need to add a pocket temporarily, safety pin a glove to your apparel, looks funny as heck but it gets the job done in a pinch! 8^)

For me, the pocket that hardly EVER gets used is the watch pocket - I need to change that!

riverwalker said...

To: northernhomesteader

It's the main reason I keep a small sewing kit handy...to fix that hole that always seems to show up in my pockets.

With the right choice of clothing, you can utilize a lot of "built-in"
storage space.



riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 7:30

Great tip. Thanks for passing it along.

I got the idea for the post from RW, Jr. He's a big fan of those "cargo pocket" type pants.

Although I don't have a pocket watch, you can use the watch pocket to carry a small compass (the round type) or similar items.

Thanks anon.


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