It must have been more than 25 years ago when I bought a peach colored set of silk long underwear. Many winters they just sat in the bottom dresser drawer, seeing as how Phoenix rarely experiences long-underwear-worthy winters. However, when I’ve needed them, I’ve always been more than impressed with their comfort and the warmth they provide with the thinnest possible layer.Winter clothing is bulky enough without adding thick long underwear.
Silkies, as I call them, are more expensive, as you might suspect, but they can last just about forever. Here’s a tip for easily including them in any survival pack or the trunk of your car.
Tightly roll up both the silk top and leggings and insert them in a Food Saver vacuum bag. When vacuum packed, they will weigh just a few ounces and take up only a tiny bit of space in any bug out bag or kit. Just make sure that you also have a pair of scissors or a pocketknife handy.
The reason I think this is an especially important step to take right now is due to the extreme winter we’ve been experiencing. Over and over and over parts of the country have been hit hard by vicious winter storms, and in millions of cases, people just weren’t ready. If you keep a pair of silkies in your vehicle, along with a pair of warm waterproof boots and wool socks, you really could walk your way out of just about any winter disaster.
Shop around and you’ll find a pair in the price range that suits you as well as end of the season sales at stores like REI and Cabela’s. Don’t forget about kid sizes for the little ones!