Wool is the great equalizer when things are bitterly cold. Buy surplus, or buy Pendleton, but have at least one 62 x 80 inch blanket for everyone in your crew. What to look for?
|Swiss Army Blanket|
Here are some considerations:
1. At least 62 x 80 inches in size. If you can buy bigger, then do it.
2. Buy at least a 5 lb. blanket, you know that you are getting a pretty good wool-to-blend ratio.
3. 70% wool is best. If you go with 50% or 55%, then get two per person.
4. If you can find original Swiss military blankets, they are the best value for the money. Watch out for knock-offs!
5. The Italian military styles are good, but may have a mothball odor to them. I have bought these and air them outside, draped over the fence for two days to remove the smell.
6. Filson is the tope of the line. 72 x 90 Merino Wool has very little itch for sensitive skin. But expect to pay $200 for the best. Filson claims no other heavier wool on the market. As my husband always says, "Buy the best and you'll never be disappointed." Also once you move into Merino Wool, the market moves from camping/survival to decor. Stick with Filson. Bottom line is this: a simple wool blanket should be high on everyone's emergency list.
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