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Taking Care of Your Feet When the SHTF

from Survival Blog:

One January when I was a Boy Scout, my troop and I went camping in Missouri to participate in an event known as “Trappers’ Rendezvous,” an annual gathering of around 6,000 Boy Scouts to trade (almost) anything, from folding knives and rabbit pelts to books and video games. This was an experience I’m very grateful to have had, as I learned not only a lot about bartering (something every serious survivalist should learn) but also a lot about caring for my extremities in cold weather. The thing about Missouri in the winter is…it’s cold! Now that I live in Colorado, I laugh at myself for thinking -6 degrees Fahrenheit at night is bad. (Where I live it gets down to -17 at night in January.) However, back then that was the coldest weather I’d camped in. That weekend our campsite was covered in several inches of snow and I (contrary to the Boy Scout motto) was not prepared for it. I had enough layers––long underwear, a couple of breathable shirts, a jacket, and a heavy coat––but for footwear I only had a pair of canvas hiking shoes that were water resistant but, as anyone who has gone hiking in water-resistant shoes or boots already knows, they were not waterproof. Water resistant pretty much means that if you step in a puddle and quickly step out of it your shoes won’t be completely soaked.

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1 comment to Taking Care of Your Feet When the SHTF

  • Ed_B

    Excellent prepper topic. During a SHTF event, our feet are likely to be our primary and perhaps only mode of transportation. Taking care of them makes good sense and will help keep us mobile. Good boots, good socks, and foot powder will go a long way toward making this happen.

    When my son was serving in the USMC back in 1994, he mentioned in one of his letters home that he had just bought a new pair of Danner boots. Recognizing that name as an excellent but expensive brand of boots, I questioned his spending. He replied, “Dad, I don’t own a car and my feet are how I travel. There are three things in my life that I can count on… my buddies, my rifle, and my Danners”. I never said another word about the new boots. They worked well for him for the 4 years he was in the Marines and he still has them 2 decades later. They were a great investment.

    One other thing… keep your feet as dry as you can manage. Avoid getting them wet whenever possible. Wet feet soon become cold and / or chafed. Wet boots deteriorate faster than dry boots. Don’t take at face value all the plunging into rivers and streams that we see on various TV shows and in movies. Getting wet like that should be a last resort and not anything that we do on a routine basis. Good socks that are clean and dry are a big help in foot comfort and enhances our ability to move easily. Thick cotton socks are good sweat absorbers in the summer while heavy wool socks will keep even wet feet warm in the winter.

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