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Who EDC's an emergency blanket or shelter?

Discussion in 'Other Every Day Carry Items' started by sarge1967, Nov 13, 2014.

  1. comis

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    I do edc the 55 gallon drum liner and disposable rain poncho, the mylar blanket is nice but sometimes they are easy to rip and very noisy in the wind.

    Another favorite to bring for short hike is called the "all weather blanket". It's somewhat light weight and definitely durable/reusable. You could just cover yourself up with it, or make a lean to, or simply sit on it to rest.
     
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    i keep a kifaru woobie in my pack. love that thing!
     
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  3. Rasthor

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    I have a mylar emergency blanket and sleeping bag thing in my GHB.
     
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  4. Ttown

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    I carry two three mil thick 55 gallon drum liners and a sol bivy in my EDC/ Get Home Bag.
     
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  5. JIM

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    I carry an AMK 2-persons heatsheet in all my jackets
     
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    I have 2 from AMK. One in a first aid kit, and a larger one in my bag. I also found some of the cheap silver ones at the dollar store, got a blanket, and a tube tent, both stay in my car. I don't expect them to hold up to much, but it's an extra line of defense for whatever. ...
     
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  7. Urban Hermit

    Urban Hermit EDC Junkie!!!

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    A BCUSA MEST tarp, Industrial 55 gal. trashcan liner, Mylar space blanket, paracord and duct tape. I figure I could come up with a cozy little overnight shelter with all that.
     
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  8. BlueTrain

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    Technically speaking, I carry an old wool blanket in the car during the winter and a so-called space blanket in my hiking outfit. My "survival scenario" includes being stuck at work if we get snowed in (and it's snowing now!). The only problem is, I seem to only get around to putting it in the car in March and take it out in August. So much for being prepared.

    I've been carrying a space blanket around as part of my first aid kit for a long time but like everything else in my first aid kit, I wonder if it's worth having. I've only read of one person's description of using one and he had a tarp, a sleeping bag, ground cloth, the works. Anyone here ever actually use one? Are they basically a one-time use affair? Is there anything close? I also have a poncho liner as part of my hiking kit for cold weather, which is actually used frequently, if not regularly, but that's getting close to a sleeping bag instead of an emergency blanket. One alternative might be a half-blanket, though I wouldn't want to cut up a perfectly good blanket. Another idea is a child size fleece blanket, which I also have and use as an alternative to the poncho liner. Yet another idea is an army surplus wool cloak. They were never an American issue item but were for a few European specialist units who carried them instead of overcoats. I've even seen one but I don't know where to find one now. Just a few thoughts.
     
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    Yes I've used one several times, although in less than emergency circumstances. (If you are taking about the shiny silver affairs that are sold folded up to approximately the size of a deck of playing cards.) Yes, basically a one time use item, although strong they are easily punctured and once punctured, it takes almost no effort for the blanket to become two smaller blankets. They are extremely good at reflecting heat and when used in a cold and windy stadium, made the difference between watching the game in noisy comfort and sitting in the car. Noisy because you are basically wrapping yourself in an oversized potato chip bag. I would look at them as a temporary, get out of the cold avoid immediate hypothermia type solution rather than long term tent and sleeping bag replacement. I buy them on Amazon in packs of ten for under seven dollars, and use them somewhat regularly. Never yet in an emergency but between the blanket and wet grass at the park, the aforementioned ball game, and my wife uses one when its windy around the campfire sometimes, they make decent windbreakers.

    They make a heavier duty version that is only silver one one side. I had one of those until just recently, (And have another one on order.) it packs down to about four times as big as the smaller ones, but is much more robust. I used mine as a ground cloth under my tent and as a drop cloth for when working on my car/changing oil. Also occasionally as a small rain fly. It took me about 7-10 years to wear it out. They heavier one doesn't seem to be quite as good at reflecting body heat. (Advertised as radiating/reflecting 80% of body heat as opposed to the smaller mylar blankets advertising radiating 90%) Neither of them work hardly at all when in direct contact with something cold and wet, IE the ground, there is just no substitution for airspace in making insulation. On top of a foam pad I imagine they would be useful as added insulation, albeit extremely noisy.

    Grizz
     
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  10. BlueTrain

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    Thanks for the detailed and thoughtful comment. It sounds like something worth thinking about some more before putting too much stock into the concept. As I see it, the single advantage that these so-called emergency blankets have is their compact size and possibly nothing else except light weight. But perhaps they're worth it for what they are intended to be used for.

    But since I only carry mine when hiking and camping when I have all that other stuff along, it may be totally redundant. It sounds a little like those emergency ponchos you can buy. Of course, nothing's perfect. But there are a few things that are good for something besides their advertised purpose. Plastic shower curtains are fairly robust and make good ground cloths, for instance, and hold up better than a plastic trash bag. But my tastes and preferences are still evolving. The last time I went out, for a ground cloth I used a WWII army shelter half that had belonged to my father-in-law. He used it for a painting drop cloth, so I had no worry about abusing an antique. It won't puncture, it's waterproof and it won't slip. I even like the color. If only It were lighter.
     
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    My edc bag has a amk heatsheet and a liquid votive candle
    Roy
     
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    In my TT essential : Fjällräven Poncho Dark Olive, Tarp, Raincoat and emergency blanket in one...


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    I have currently a AMK Escape Bivvy Lite wrapped around a Patagonia Torrent Jacket in a dry sack on the bottom of my EDC/GHB pack.
     
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    Looks similar to the Wilderness Innovation PSS (Personal Survival Shelter) where you can snap in a fleece liner.
     
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