TIPS: Blending in With Your Surroundings is a Must When the SHTF


Many animals use camouflage, either to avoid capture or to aid them when they are hunting. Hunters employ animal tactics every time they go out, blending in with their surroundings, staying downwind of their prey and reading the environment that they are in.

In a SHTF scenario, all of us need to learn these techniques, our lives will depend on it.

We have all seen people who make an impression on us, the stunning woman walking up the street, the hunk of a man chatting on his mobile. Or maybe we remember an individual because they are ugly, or drunk or because they smell good, or bad. Regardless of the reason, some people just stick in our minds. The name of the game in a collapse situation is not to become one of those people.

Those that survive long term will be those who blend in, those who go unnoticed. This sounds simple, but it’s not.

Things that you have spent a lifetime doing, normal everyday things could easily attract attention to you in a disaster situation. Just your clothes could make you stand out. If people are hungry, if you know food is in short supply, wear something a size too big when you go out, it implies you have lost weight, and the bagginess makes it less likely that a weapon you’re carrying will be noticed.

These clothes should be bagged up when you return home. They must not be allowed to come into contact with  cooking smells. You may not notice the smell lingering on them, but a starving man would. The same goes for the smell of soap or laundry detergent, those smells say you have ‘stuff’ that people might be able to barter for food. Those smells make you a target.

Looking spotless when everyone else has a months grease in their hair says you have access to water to wash in, you will look different, you will smell different, you will become a target. You need to look like everyone else, and preferably smell like everyone else.

If you have a vibrant head of red or platinum blond hair consider wearing a hat, nothing about you should stand out, nothing should be memorable.


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Updated: February 12, 2014 — 6:21 pm

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Rich Fleetwood

Rich is the founder of SurvivalRing, now in it's 24th year, author of multimedia CDs and DVDs, loves the outdoors, his family, his geeky skill-set, and lives in rural southern Wyoming, just below the continental divide (long story, that...). Always ready to help others, he shares what he learns on multiple blogs, many social sites, and more. With a background in preparedness and survival skills, training with county, state, and national organizations, and skills in all areas of media and on air experience in live radio and television, Rich is always thinking about the "big picture", when it comes to helping individuals and families prepare for life's little surprises.

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