*Edit - But on the real, do you guys have a survival pack ready? Inshallah I'll get started on mine ASAP. There is a lot of talk of martial law lately, more than ever. My wife had one but she left it back in Canada - we didn't want to encounter any trouble on the border.
My survival pack has been ready for at least 6 months....
If you're looking for survival clothing, properly called "Tactical" gear, I have quite a few suggestions.1) The first rule of tactical clothing is:In the event of the a major disaster, NEVER PUT ON YOUR TACTICAL GEAR UNTIL YOU HAVE GOTTEN OUT OF DODGE!
Or at least, wear normal, Average Joe clothing OVER your tactical gear until you have cleared the danger zone. The reason is that regular citizens, as WELL as law enforcement, will be on the lookout for any suspicious individuals, which would most likely be decked out in camoflage/armor/etc. If you don't want to stick out like a sore thumb, you NEED to stick out like a sore thumb. Cover your gear with a regular hoodie if you have one.2) Second rule. You need to have gear appropriate for whatever situation, and it needs to be efficient.
I am a woman, and women like to look SEXY. However, sexiness does not necessarily mean practicality. Your clothing needs to be easy to walk in, needs to resist damage from scratches or collision, and it needs to be weather efficient. 3) Figure out what role you plan to play.
Are you going to be solitary? Are you with family? Do you plan to have guns? Do you have a bow? Are you going to be a guard, or are you going to be a reconnaissance/hunter type of person? Don't expect to learn new skills in the short time we have: plan to do a role that is already compatible with what you are capable of doing.
Me personally: I'm an experienced hunter, as well as a long-range shooter, so my ideal role is recon/hunting. I cannot be too good of an offense, because I am not sufficiently trained in hand-to-hand combat, nor do I have good endurance for running/jumping/combat.
So, reconnaissance would do well to have dark, light-weight clothing, with no loose parts to get caught in objects, and fabric that does not cause too much rustling. 4) This is all of my tactical gear, which I physically have right now.
-Several pairs of cargo pants. You really only need 1, but I have 3. These pants are drab-green and I have 1 camo. It has many pockets, and is made from a material that is tear-resistant, similar to canvas. I also have cargo shorts: these I will wear when I am away from the eyes of men and only with my family (because I wear hijab and cover).
-Black hijabs. This is good for both men and women, lol. The reason is that you can do so much with these. The long black hijabs can be tied around my head and face, to cover my mouth and nose as well as my hair, which is tied under the ponytail (like a ninja). If you don't want to look like a ninja, buy a regular balaclava, of which I have 1.
-Leather motorcycle jacket. I have 2 of these, one I gave to my sister. They are thin, light-weight, and easy to move around in. They are good for cold to moderate temperatures, and serve for protecting my skin.
-Surplus elbow and knee pads. The ones I bought were from eBay: although mine are black, I should have bought drab green, however. Knee/elbow pads are not efficient for recon work because they reduce flexibility, but good for combat, because when you are doing lots of running, you're bound to nick a wall or fall on your knees.
-Gas masks. This one should be obvious. I have adult AND children ones. (lol, waiting for bro Molvi to crack a joke about this one).
-Motorcycle gloves. I also have a pair of gloves special for bows: they have extra padding on the middle three finger tips.
-Weapon holsters. I have a thigh holster for my side-arm that straps just above the thigh, and above the knee. Make sure you buy the one appropriate for your handedness.
-Combat boots. I had to buy men's size 5.5 because there are no good combat boots for women. They are made of leather and are steel toes. For recon work, I have a pair of simple black kung fu shoes. Old-fashioned sometimes trumps modern wear.5) Hints and Tips
-Do not wear jewelry. They can get caught in clothing, weapons, or tangle in straps, particularly holsters. They can also get snagged around debris, which won't be pretty. If you must have a special keepsake, put it in your pocket.
-Do not wear trench coats unless you are no longer than your thighs. Trust me, they are INEFFICIENT! They look badass, but do not wear them. Mine is a leather trench coat, and I tried to use it for hunting: it just doesn't work. It was a terrible idea.
-Keep a pair of socks and underwear in a zip-lock bag in whatever your Grab-and-Go bag is.
-Make sure your combat boots fit! If not, they will "eat" your feet, starting with the back of your heels, and then the sides of your big and littlest toes. I made the mistake of buying the wrong size. I was in tears after just 2 hours of wearing them.
-Keep duct-tape with you. You can repair just about anything with it, from weapons to torn clothing, to torn camo tarps. I keep a camo tarp, 10x12, for my Ford F-150. It can also double as a tent.
-In case you were wondering, my weapons include: a wooden recurve bow, a side-arm [semi-automatic], a bolt-action shotgun [for hunting]. I have a long wish list in the weapons department and Inshallah I will get them.
This is me, by the way, in some of my gear. We are also amateur photographers.