Preppers and survivalists are often thought to be on the edge of society’s norms, but, with the talk of a possible pandemic, those who do plan for the unexpected don’t seem so unusual now.
One chief item that survivalists must have is a durable fabric with which to fashion clothing or other necessary items. Clothing is one of the necessary items for survival. Let’s look at some must-have fabrics for your DIY Survival Kit.
You may have heard individuals say that “cotton kills” when it comes to clothing. This is because cotton tends to absorb water, so, if you happen to get soaked in a downpour of rain or if you fall into a creek or other body of water when wearing cotton, you will be soaked. If you are unlucky enough that this happens when you are enduring cooler weather, you could experience hypothermia.
A good alternative for clothing material is something synthetic, with polyester being the best type of material for wicking moisture away from the body. Polyester can be used to fashion pants or shirts. However, what is one to do should this material no longer become available? You can use hemp, flax, or wool to make clothing that will protect you from the elements.
Although you won’t want to use cotton to fashion clothing, you can use cotton to make bandages. You can also use muslin for this purpose, but muslin is actually useful for so much more to the survivalist. We’ll speak more about muslin in a moment. Cotton is invaluable if you are charged with caring for small children. Besides bandages, you can use cotton to make natural diapers as well as clothing for children.
Muslin can be cut and used as a fishing net for survivalists. By the same token, you can also use muslin cloth as a sieve. Find some delicious fruit and want to juice it? Use the muslin cloth to obtain the juice with no pulp or seeds. Simply boil the fruit, and then strain it through the muslin to get fresh fruit juice.
Leather is invaluable to the survivalist as well. Leather can be cut into long strips for many uses, such as sharpening your knives, carrying small bundles of firewood, and making tourniquets when necessary. Of course, these are only a few uses for leather, but you’ll need to keep this fabric in your DIY prepper supplies, even if you only put a few leather belts in your kit.
You’ll want the material to make rope with should you not have any available to you. Nylon is the top fabric for this. Nylon is used in so many situations in one’s life, and it is also quite invaluable when individuals are faced with a disaster that requires prepping skills. Nylon can be paired with a fishing line to create a very strong rope. You can also weave a fishing net out of nylon string. Nylon can also be stripped down to fine pieces of thread and used to make repairs to clothing or to those aforementioned ropes and nets.
Speaking of fishing line, this is one material that is a must-have for the survivalist. Fishing line can be used to tie two pieces of material together and form a make-shirt tent. Fishing line is strong enough to hold most any material off the ground and provide a dry place to sleep or to weather a storm. Fishing line can also be used to repair fabrics. Weave fishing line and nylon together to create an even stronger fabric than before.
One more neat use for a fishing line is to make a snare. When out in nature, you’ll have to catch everything you eat (unless you can forage enough wild fruits and berries to stay healthy). Fishing line can be used to trap some small game. Of course, paired with fishing hooks and the proper sinkers, you can also use the fishing line for its original purpose – fishing.
The top five fabrics you want with you as a survivalist are clothing material such as hemp, polyester, or wool, fishing line, muslin, cotton, and leather. Each of these will help you to live in the face of a disaster that evokes the need for survivalist tactics.