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Emergency blankets: extra warmth in a pinch

Sarah Kirkconnell left this excellent tip on the Lend a Hacks page.

  • Staying Warm When It Is Colder Than You Planned For:

    A couple years ago when I was first going UL I spent the night shivering, wondering if I would survive the night. My problem was I had a 45-degree bag and it dipped below 32 that night! I was utterly miserable. Lesson learned.

    I now always carry one of the disposable emergency blankets ($1-2 at Walmart or any outdoor store) in all of my packs, be day or overnight.

    Last fall I used it finally – I was caught in a snow storm with a warm bag but howling winds/wet ground. I quickly lined my solo tent with the E-blanket, then put my sleeping pad and bag on top. The snow turned to a driving rain that was soaking through my tent wall near the ground, so I unrolled the blanket up the walls.

    My tent stayed dry inside, the wind didn’t come in and best of all – I could sit on the floor of my tent and wasn’t cold. I couldn’t feel the cold coming up from the ground like normal.

    In the morning I left the blanket in my tent and rolled up my tent like normal.

    It was one of the best nights sleep I have ever had in the outdoors. I now line my tent in cold weather with the blankets. If the temps drop too low you can also roll the blanket over you to trap in heat.

    You do need to make sure you have good ventilation so you don’t get condensation – but otherwise it can mean the difference between wondering if you will freeze to death and being snuggle warm.

Sarah’s legion of outdoor culinary tips is at www.freezerbagcooking.com.

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Tom posted at 8:08 am August 28th, 2008

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  1. Pete says:

    I’m gonna have to give this a try. Seems like every Christmas, I inevitably get one of those emergency blankets from my parents. I just toss it in one of my gear bins, where they collect, never to be used. But now I’ll have to pull one out this Fall and give it a shot.

    Permalink | Posted August 28th, 2008, at 5:39 pm

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