Article submitted by Brian S. Kiefat @ The Ready Center
Well, it appears that it’s the time of the month again in which we make a recommendation regarding the preparedness and safety for you and your family. And if you haven’t guessed by the above picture, we’ll make it really simple for you: This pay period we recommend you purchase a blanket. And preferably a wool one.
With most of the “Prepping on $20 a Paycheck” articles, we spend a great deal of time covering how each item works and why you would need it in a disaster situation. However, in this article we will not be doing that. And for good reason – if you don’t know how a blanket works or why you would need it, you’re pretty much a moron and in need of a lot more assistance than this blog can provide. For everyone else, this article is going to cover why a wool blanket is superior to traditional cloth blankets as well as cover a few alternative methods of using a blanket amidst a crisis.
First of all, let’s cover a few of the benefits of wool blankets over that of a conventional blanket. And make no mistake about it, there are many. Just a few are listed below
- Wool regulates body temperature. On cold nights a wool blanket will keep you warm without you overheating.
- Unlike other fabrics, a wool blankets will retain 70% of it’s insulation properties – even when soaking wet.
- Wool wicks moisture from the body. This is a huge plus when using a wool blanket outdoors.
- Wool will retain 90% of it’s thickness even when fully compressed for long periods of time
- Wool is flame resistant. It is the number one choice of blanket for hospitals, fire departments, and the military.
- Wool can last for decades
- Wool is hypoallergenic. It is resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew.
- Wool is biodegradable. After decades of use, it can be returned to the earth for natural recycling
- Wool is eco-friendly. It is harvested from the replenishing fleece of sheep which makes it a natural and renewable resource.
- Wool is sustainable. It’s a resource that literally grows back every single year.
- Wool is animal-friendly. No sheep are killed in the harvesting of the fleece.
- Dust-mites don’t like wool. Because wool blankets don’t retain moisture, dust-mites won’t bother moving in.
- A wool blanket is more durable and more versatile than a sleeping bag or sleeping system.
When it comes to the versatility of wool blankets, there have been more than a just a few uses discovered for them over the years. And for the sake of keeping this article just short of a novel, we won’t discuss the “how do you do that?” portion. If you’re really that interested, I’m sure the almighty Google can help you out. That being said, a wool blanket can be used as a:
- Sun shade
- Wind block/Wind shield
- Half shelter
- Camouflaging cover
- Sleeping pad
- Picnic throw
- Table cloth
- Rug or throw carpet
- Make shift travel bag
- Medical rescue basket
Wool blankets have been good enough for soldiers and pioneers for generations. I have a pretty strong feeling that they’re more than likely good enough for us too. That being said, you won’t be able to purchase a blanket that is 100% wool for only $20. However, you will be able to find a blanket that is 70% wool (click here or here), and if you ask me that’s pretty amazing.
We hope you found this article helpful as you continue to prepare for the possible unexpected. If you’d like any more information or have requests for future articles, please let us know in the comment section below. Until then…
The Ready Center