A nuclear winter is a serious threat. According to Jim Harrison of Northern Outfitters, you won’t be able to venture outside or even live above ground unless you have clothing specifically created for Arctic living. Tips to surviving include:
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1. Have the correct gear. Most “extreme” cold weather gear on the market is for folks who plan to spend only a few hours outside before they get back into a warm shelter. Can you spend 24 hours in a snowbank and not get frostbite when it’s -20 degrees Fahrenheit outside?
2. Take care of your extremities. The first bloodflow to shut down is to your hands and feet. Pay lots of attention to your head as you can lose up to 50 percent of total body heat through an unprotected head.
3. Stay hydrated. Drink a lot of water but avoid eating snow. Give up the alcohol and cigarettes. Go up on your calorie count as well. There are no diets at -50 degrees.
4. Stay Dry. You’re going to sweat if you’re working, even at 50 below, and it is imperative that your gear excels at moisture vapor attenuation, or wicking sweat.
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This article was originally published in the SURVIVOR’S EDGE™ Spring 2016 issue. Subscription is available in print and digital editions here.