This will sound absolutely crazy, because it conflicts with our hopes that everything will always be fine — but — I asked myself, what would I wear if things in the world, or in our country, went really ass-up? What clothing do I have that I could jump into and have at least a reasonable chance of being prepared for, well, say, for having to walk across the country on foot due to something?
I remembering having similar questions around the time of the Twin Towers attack, but back then I only fancifully mused about how it would be nice to have a Bat-suit (Batman) that would have everyone one needs to protect ones’ self.
But today, yesterday actually, I began investigating what there really is in the way of military or survival type clothing, and I’m thinking of getting some ACU pants (Army Combat Uniform) in a dark, subdued urban pattern and some hiking boots. Ridiculous? Sure, but on the other hand, what are you going to wear if things get bad? Slacks? Jeans? Cargos? Both of the latter are good, but fragile.
About the boots, I went towards EMT boots or SWAT team boots at first, but found that they reportedly leave black marks on floors and don’t breathe well, or at all for that matter. So in the hopes that I wouldn’t need boots that were quite that tough, I am now checking out light-weight consumer hiking boots, such as these:
I have no idea about tops yet, but I don’t want to look like I’m in the military or anything so I feel less priority about tops. Plus, it would depend on the weather, wouldn’t it?
Will this ever be needed? Hopefully not. But I feel increasingly like it is better to at least be prepared. I’m not suggesting digging in to a fortress, rather, be prepared to have to move, on foot.
With that in mind, in choosing between Small or Medium waist size — which respectively end and start at my usual waist size of 31″ — I’d guess that Small would make sense because if things got bad, I wouldn’t be gaining weight, I’d be losing weight. Apparently military pants don’t come in actual waist sizes, they come in generic sizes, and then can be manually taken in about 4 inches.