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Survival blankets
A blanket is essential survival gear ~ do you have all three?

Do you have the three kinds of survival blankets?
Do you have three kinds of survival blankets on hand? Wrap up
your survival kit with a survival blanket. There are three kinds of
emergency survival blankets to own: a bivvy, a Mylar sheet and a
wool blanket and below are the benefits of each...

Survival Blankets
There are many kinds of survival blankets and with many different
names. A space blanket is essentially the same thing as a Mylar
blanket though the materials and qualities may vary. Both are
thermal blankets ~ they help you retain heat. A bivvy uses the
same thermal process, but it's in a sleeping bag form. While
these kinds of emergency blankets could save your life, nothing
beats a natural wool blanket in your survival arsenal for comfort
and warmth trusted by the military.

Of all these emergency blankets, ideall you should have three
basic kinds of survival blankets ~ a bivvy, a Mylar blanket and a
wool blanket.

A survival blanket is good for an emergency and here
are the best:

#1: Bivvy (Constructed Of Polyethylene).
You may not have heard of a bivouac sack, but perhaps you heard
about a
bivvy bag. The idea behind the bivvy is really simple: it's
a waterproof and windproof bag that also helps you retain body
heat, which goes a long way for comfort and it may even save
your life.

A bivvy is immensely useful
  • keeps you insulated from wind and rain
  • helps you retain body heat, prevent hypethermia
  • can provide you with ground cover.
  • can be a beacon for rescue if you have an orange one!
  • wear a bivvy like a poncho. As a tarp you can
  • creates impromptu shade (Mylar is ideal for desert conditions
    to reflect the sun)

When you use a bivvy sack, don't also use a Mylar blanket as
condensation of moisture will occur. The moisture from your body
will get trap in impermeable layers!You will otherwise see a layer
of ice form inside and you'll suffer from conductive heat loss.

#2: Mylar blankets (Metalized Polyester).
A space blanket is the same thing as a Mylar blanket ~ both are
thermal blankets. They help either reflect heat or help you retain
your own body heat.

Thermal emergency blankets are handy one-time use only survival
blankets. They aren't really soft enough to be considered a
blanket but in an emergency you're not going to complain.
Mylar is a windproof and waterproof material and help insulate  
you from the cold, but they are small. If you have several
blankets and you can
tape them together with duct tape.

On the high-end of the Mylar blankets is multi-function survival
blanket by UST. The versatile, lightweight UST Survival Blanket.
pictured right, provides all-weather protection by reflecting your
own body heat back to you. It can also be used as an emergency
lean-to shelter, ground cloth, additional warmth for sleeping
bags, and for wrapping cold or frozen food during transport.

  • use it as an emergency lean to
  • for ground cover
  • Add warmth to your sleeping bag
  • Provides high-visibility reflective surface works for
    emergency signaling

#3: Wool Survival Blankets
Back in the day, the U.S. Military would issue blankets made from
100% wool to all their soldiers, but today soldiers need to
supplement military issued supplies with such blankets.
Don't let the itchiness stop you from getting a wool blanket
because wool blankets don't need to be itchy. You can pick the
right wool, soften the wool you have or use a liner. Make sure to
include wool blankets in your survival kids!

Wool blankets: Wool helps you stay warm even when wet, plus
you can use a wool blanket to make a shelter, improvise a cape
or a poncho, help a shock victim, smother a flame and much
more. A wool blanket can provide added warmth to your sleeping
bag, or serve as emergency shelter from rain. You can also use it
as ground cover or even a tablecloth. The list of uses of a wool
blanket is endless.

  • Wool keeps you warm, even when wet.Wool helps you
    retain body heat and can help you stay warm even when
    wet. Wool wicks away the water making it an ideal camping
    and survival blanket. Unlike cotton, wool will keep you warm
    even under wettest conditions, which is just one reason why
    we recommend you put wool socks in your bugout bag.

  • Wool won't catch fire, could help put out a fire! A blanket
    that's 100% wool and that's not treated with any additional
    flame retardant chemicals is naturally fire resistant. To help
    put out a fire use only a fire blanket. A fire blanket will help
    smother small fires by reducing the amount of oxygen
    available to the fire. The fire and first aid blanket in red,
    right, has a handle so you can hang the blanket, so you can
    grab it when you need it most.

  • Wool blankets can help shock victims. A wool blanket is a
    wise thing to stock in your car to assist shock victims if
    there is an accident. The 90% wool blanket right, is a first
    aid and fire resistant blanket that you can also use to
    smother flames.

  • Wool is a worthy item for barter. For a long term survival
    scenario, wool is a bartering tool. A wool blanket has a long
    history of value. Wool blankets were coveted by Native
    Americans. In the late 1700s, wool blankets were so
    important to comfort and survival that they were used as a
    form of currency in trading between trappers and Native
    Americans.

  • Wool resists mold and bacteria. Wool has a natural
    resistance to mold and bacteria, which is why people who
    have mold allergies will find wool is the perfect fiber,
    provided they are not also allergic to lanolin. One of the
    best survival blankets is a wool blanket specifically because
    it resists mold and bacteria.

  • Build a shelter with a wool blanket. Use a wool blanket to
    keep warm in the cold or for bedding, ground cover, padding
    or extra winter insulation or as a protective shield from the
    wind. The weight of wool might preclude some from including
    a wool blanket in their bugout bag, but should you have one,
    it can help you improvise a shelter on the fly. Combine it
    with a hammock and you don't even need a sleeping bag.

  • Improvise a backpack with a wool blanket. Lay a wool
    blanket flat, carefully lay then roll your gear strap tight with
    belts or paracord and fling the long over your shoulder to
    improvise a backpack.

  • Make cowboy bedroll. With a wool blanket as a ground
    covering, it will keep dew and frost from collecting on your
    sleeping bag, yet it's breathable so moisture can escape as
    you sleep. Traditionally it's made of canvass, but you can
    use two wool blankets, one as a the ground covering and the
    other to insulate you.
Above, Mors, of Karamat Wilderness Ways, discusses the science behind the
survival blanket.

Happy endings...
A survival blanket should be among the survival items you
stockpile for each member of your family. If you can't afford wool
or are allergic remember that fleece is good too! Put them in your
car and have them on hand.

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