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The Best Clothing For Survival: A Guide

The Best Clothing For Survival: A Guide

Posted by HH on 24th Apr 2024

Whether you’re a seasoned survivalist, or you’ve just finished reading our Bushcraft Survival Courses: Embrace Nature, Develop Lifelong Skills article and have decided you’re ready to accept the challenge of becoming a survivalist, having the correct survival clothing is paramount to success.

Are you inspired by the call of the wild or the desire to challenge yourself? Being equipped with the right attire is essential for comfort, protection and optimal performance. Trousers that cause chafing and worn-out trainers will not be making it onto your kit list.

We’re a logical bunch here at Heinnie, so starting from the top, we have tactical hats which shield the face, scalp and neck from harmful UV radiation which can cause sunburn, dehydration and heatstroke. In arid environments where water sources are scarce, wearing a hat can reduce the risk of excessive sweating, conserving fluids.

The KUHL Endurawax Bush Hat (pictured above) is an outdoor classic, with a wide brim which offers shade, helping to regulate body temperature and prevent overheating in hot climates, or keeps the rain off in British downpours.

While the arrival of warmer weather may be a distant dream in a British summer, when it does arrive, it may tempt you to forgo additional layers, the unpredictable nature of British weather necessitates the inclusion of a lightweight waterproof jacket such as the 5.11 Force Rainshell Jacket (pictured above) - an ideal option to store inside your tactical backpack for when the weather takes a turn for the worst.

Whether you're hiking through urban terrain or camping under the stars, having a waterproof jacket on hand can make all the difference in staying dry and comfortable throughout your journey.

When you’re out exploring the wilderness and surviving whatever the world throws your way, you’re going to need a top that’s practical and versatile.

The Pentagon Apollo TacFresh T-Shirt is engineered for demanding conditions, featuring a Quick Dry base with moisture-wicking mesh strategically placed at high perspiration points, ensuring dryness and comfort. Crafted from 92% polyester and 8% elastane with a chunky of 160 gsm weight, this slim-fit garment is suitable for everyday wear as either a standalone piece or a base layer. Highly affordable, it's perfect for packing multiple shirts for any adventure. Whether you're exploring warmer climates or layering up in cooler weather, its breathable fabric adapts to intense physical activity, making it an essential companion for wilderness expeditions.

Our blog Essential Guide to Choosing the Best Bushcraft Trousers is a good place to start if you want to explore trousers ideal for outdoor activities such as bushcraft and survival adventures.

Opt for a set of strides made of breathable cotton and durable nylon - like the TAD Force 10 RS Cargo Trousers (pictured above) - to stop you from overheating and to ensure longevity. Also look for ample storage pockets which allow quick access to essentials such as your everyday carry knife.

Designed to withstand the rigours of outdoor exploration, bushcraft trousers offer protection against rough terrain and abrasive vegetation, keeping your legs safe and comfortable throughout your journey.

We’re discussing clothing from top-to-toe in this guide, so let’s talk about socks. These often-overlooked commodities are more important than you may think.

Whether you’re traversing streams or navigating rocky terrain, having quality socks under your tactical boots keep your feet dry and comfortable, helping you avoid rubbing which leads to blisters.

These Dexshell Ultra Thin Bamboo Crew Waterproof Socks are a Heinnie favourtie. They’re ultra-thin yet waterproof, ideal for warmer weather conditions (warmer weather doesn’t mean you won’t come up against streams and wet pathways where waterproof socks will be appreciated).

As a survivalist, you'll benefit from sturdy boots that protect your feet during exercises, adventures and thru-hikes, regardless of the weather.

The 5.11 Cable Hiker Tactical Boot (pictured above) is designed for military personnel and survivalists, featuring a SlipStream Agion silver antimicrobial lining to combat odours and an OrthoLite X-40 footbed for quick shock absorption. With a scratch rubber toe and Speed 3.0 all-terrain outsole, it offers exceptional stability and comfort in tough conditions, making it perfect for trekking through forests, climbing mountainsides, or exploring the urban jungle.

Last but by no means least, ensure you have a backpack as tough as you. Our Prometheus SHADO Pack 24L is a formidable option, offering a streamlined yet robust design that's built to perform in any environment. With its ample storage capacity and durable construction, this mid-size adventure pack is perfect for extended excursions off the grid. Whether you're embarking on a multi-day trek or setting up camp in the wilderness, the SHADO Pack has you covered with its best-in-class features and versatile design.

We trust that this guide has provided valuable insights into selecting the optimal attire for your upcoming survivalist expeditions. From headgear to footwear and everything in between, each item plays a critical role in ensuring your comfort, protection and overall success in the wilderness. By investing in high-quality gear like the ones recommended in this guide, you can embark on your next adventure with confidence, knowing that you're well-prepared for whatever nature throws your way.

Should you require further assistance or information, feel free to reach out to our dedicated team on 033 0300 0400. We're here to support your journey towards preparedness, safety and - ultimately - survival.

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