Survival Gear for Warmth

If a catastrophe happens during the winter months, keeping warm can become a difficult situation. Having appropriate survival gear available for each person in the household can be crucial to surviving over a cold night in a house and being able to keep warm without a campfire could be crucial to surviving in other disaster situations.

Gear that is meant for camping will often have varieties that are excellent for retaining warmth. These can also help in reducing stress related to an evacuation or other power loss situation by making it seem like a fun adventure.

1. Winter Tent

This double layer waterproof tent that can provide shelter for two people is made of waterproof materials around a breathable inner wall. The aluminum pole makes the tent lightweight. The tent has two doors and two vents at the top as well as large mesh windows available on the doors. The waterproof outer layer keeps the occupants dry while also being wind-resistant; a tent heater will easily keep the inside of this tent cozy.

2. Winter Sleeping Bag

This canvas and flannel sleeping bag will keep a person warm in weather down to -25 degrees Fahrenheit. The lining and shell are 100% cotton while the insulation layer is lightweight synthetic fiber. The rectangle bag is 38” x 80” – large enough for most adults. This would need to be used up off the ground, as it is not waterproof, though the canvas could be treated with something to give it water resistance.

3. TACT Bivvy Emergency Sleeping Bag

Extremely lightweight, this compact sleeping bag is made of thermal reflective material that retains up to 90% of body heat and reflects it back to the user. It compresses to fit easily in a backpack and weighs less than 5 ounces making it easy to carry. It is bright orange to aid in rescue, if necessary. It is 100% waterproof to keep a person dry; it is also tear-resistant and windproof, with reinforced seams. The paracord has a tinder center to aid in building a fire, and a safety whistle is attached to the end of the cord.

4. Oversized Emergency Blanket

This oversized emergency blanket is 71 inches by 142 inches, which is big enough for two or three people. The mylar reflects back body heat and is both windproof and waterproof. The entire blanket weighs only just over 4 ounces. The reflective material, along with reflecting heat, will also reflect light to help if a rescue is needed.

5. Thermal Clothing

Made with 92% polyester and 8% spandex, these sets of thermal underwear are soft and warm and perfect for a base layer of warmth. Two-piece sets can be worn together or separately, depending on the needs of the wearer. They are also made to absorb moisture and wick sweat away from the skin.

Heated Insoles

1. Rechargeable Electric Insoles

Adjustable by remote control, these insoles have a battery that can heat between 4 to 10 hours, depending on the amount of heat being provided. 4 temperature levels can keep feet comfortable, and the soft cushioning make the insoles comfortable. The insoles can be trimmed to fit better inside whatever shoes. A charging adapter is included to recharge the insoles.

2. Chemical Insole Heaters

These insoles offer up to 9 hours of heat each. These disposable, single-use insoles should be used between socks and shoes (not directly against the skin). Activate by exposure to air; this should be done about 30 minutes before using. If the heat begins to lessen, expose to air again and shake to reactivate. Adhesive on one side will keep the insole from slipping out of place.

3. Gloves

Warm insulated gloves made of synthetic leather and a cotton lining, separated by a waterproof center, are convenient to use outside in freezing weather. Anti-slip grip on fingertips and palm make it easy to do whatever is needed, while thumb and index fingers have the ability to work a touchscreen so a cell phone can easily be used without removing the gloves.

4. Cold Weather Balaclava Ski Mask

This thermal fleece hood is water resistant and windproof. The breathable mesh face cover allows easy breathing while protecting from the cold. The stretchable fleece can fit most heads and is suitable for men or women. It covers the neck as well for complete protection.

5. Thermal Socks

Heavyweight boot socks are made of a blend of 68% wool, 23% nylon, 1% spandex and 8% other fiber. They resist odors and are durable. They cushion and resist tears with reinforced toe and heel. The socks wick sweat away from the feet and the FastDry technology helps to keep feet comfortable. Made in the USA, these socks will move with the feet, and the compression arch and ankle support the feet and keep the socks from shifting.

6. Tent Heater

This propane heater is safe to use indoors, whether in the house or in a tent. It will warm an area up to 95 square feet with odor-free heat. A sensor will turn it off automatically if the air around it has too little oxygen; it requires 4 square inches of vent area at least. A tip-over switch will also turn it off automatically for the safety of the users.

Pocket Hand Warmers

1. Chemical

Air activated hand warmers are safe and odorless. These should not be against the skin. USA-made hand warmers are single use and disposable. These can be used to warm hands but can also be used with a scarf to warm the neck, between socks and boots to warm ankles, or placed between coat and shirt to warm the trunk.

2. Electric with Solar Charger and Power Bank

The reusable hand warmer can be recharged with almost any USB connection. It offers three levels of heat which radiates from both sides of the device. It will provide heat 4-8 hours depending on the level of heat chosen. Made of aluminum and ABS, it is powered by a lithium-ion battery.

The power bank can be charged with a wall plug or with solar radiation. Because of the high capacity and the inability to control the strength of the sun, recharging with the solar panel may vary in time.

3. Stormproof Match Kit

15 typhoon matches fit neatly into this floating waterproof case. A strike pad is kept dry and protected so matches may always be ignited. An attachment allows it to be hooked to a bag; its small size fits neatly in a pocket. Each match burns up to 30 seconds.

Winter Boots

1. Men’s Snow Boot

Made of 95% rubber and 5% nylon, these boots are waterproof and have a thermal liner that can be removed to keep feet comfortable in temperatures as low as -40C.

2. Fur-lined Women’s Boot

Non-slip snow boots have a rubber sole and are lined with fur for warmth. The leather upper goes with any outfit and offers comfort as well as protection and warmth.