Posted by Ashley Richardson on July 22, 2016
When you’re caught in an emergency situation or planning an extended camping trip, staying warm should be on the very top of your list. Why? Because whether you’re a seasoned survivalist or a novice camper, hypothermia is the #1 killer of people in the outdoors. Despite the belief that hypothermia solely occurs in temperatures below freezing, most cases tend to take place between 30 and 50 degrees. In these warmer temperatures, victims underestimate the danger of exposure to the elements. So, if you’re preparing for natural and man-made disasters, be sure to include items in your survival pack that can keep you warm when things head south.
While there are numerous items and ways to keep warm in the outdoors, we’re going to focus on a very simple one today – getting off the ground! If you’re camping or simply trying to survive, be aware that sleeping on the floor will cause you to lose body heat very quickly. And no, throwing a poncho or a thin blanket under your sleeping bag isn’t going to do the trick. What you need, is a sleeping pad or an air mat. These tools can be used to put a barrier between you and the ground, helping to maximize your body heat and keep you warm. However, if your survival bag is short on room, or you’re worried about having a heavy load slow you down, a hammock is a great alternative choice. These devices are lightweight and easily compressed to conserve storage space.
And remember, if things really do hit the fan and you’re stranded with no gear or equipment, there are always ways to use the environment for survival. To keep warm without any man-made help, stack up some leaves, logs, and shrubbery, to create a makeshift padded bed.
No matter what method you choose, just make sure you’re being proactive. Chances are, it’s colder than you think it is!