With everything that’s gone on in the world, the possibility that you’ll face a SHTF situation in your lifetime isn’t so inconceivable. When a crisis situation like that does happen, you don’t have time to prepare when there is chaos all around you.
You have to already be prepared – and that means making sure that you have all the supplies that you need to bug out with. You should keep your bag loaded up and ready to grab and go in a second’s notice.
While most people do that and they do make sure they have the essential items, sometimes packing gloves in the bag gets overlooked. That’s a big mistake. You need to have a solid pair of work gloves – and while it might not seem like it, they really can make a difference in your ability to survive.
Bugging out during the heat of the summer makes people reluctant at the thought of wearing gloves, but it’s better to put up with the heat discomfort than it is to have your hands rendered useless.
Without gloves, when you’re out in nature, you can easily get injured. Chopping wood or picking pieces of kindling without gloves can give you a wood cut or a splinter.
That might not seem like such a big deal, but out in nature, there isn’t the anti-bacterial product access that most people have in their homes. The bacteria on the wood and other items in nature that get past your skin’s defense can be the MRSA type that causes pretty serious consequences.
It’s not just bacteria that you have to worry about either. When you’re picking up stuff from the ground, you’re exposed to animal urine and feces – including potential deer or mice droppings, which can lead to the hantavirus.
This virus has killed campers in the past. All it takes is direct contact with the urine or droppings of an infected mouse. Wearing work gloves can prevent you from getting spider bites on your hands from black widow spiders as well as brown recluse when you’re reaching for things on the ground.
Gloves can also help give you greater strength. You need your hands to be able to hold your knife for various uses. If you hurt your hand, it can lessen your strength and ability to perform even the simplest tasks.
You’ll struggle just to be able to set up or take down your tent or to hold onto a rope if your hands are injured. Plus, if you hurt your hands because you didn’t wear gloves, it can impact your ability to be able to defend yourself against humans or animals.