Us we bug out bags have appropriate clothing to survive for the short term if SHTF, but what if the shit never hits the fan and there is no need to bug out rapidly and instead the process of economic unwind is long and drawn out? We've been watching the brutally slow multi-year crisis and kicking the can down the road long enough to understand that some scenarios will be long lasting and won't have the perfect need to bug out.
Cash will be in short supply, you might not have enough, or stores might have trouble stocking supplies during a long drawn out disaster just as well. This thought when coupled with my personal experience prepping for the scenario has helped me realize something, some advice, that I haven't seen written anywhere yet.
I'm a healthy young lean guy, but I've been doing a tiny bit more exercise and eating far fewer calories than I did in the past. Why? Because I'm simulating the scenario that I anticipate having to go through and preparing for it mentally by teaching my mind how to control any urges to eat more than I need.
I haven't lost weight and I'm not starving myself. I've lost fat that I didn't know I had so much of and its been replaced with muscles that are looking slightly larger each week. This is all fine and dandy, its great for my figure and health, but there is something I didn't plan for...
My belts have to be one notch tighter now. Many of my pants no longer fit so snuggly around my waist without belts either. In the event where I'm forced to do far more physical work gardening, raising protein, and outdoors work on a calorie controlled diet, I'm sure it'd be two belt notches tighter!
So this is what I've determined that I need to prepare for in my home: Clothes that do not fit me now, but will fit appropriately in the future. We've all had a pair of jeans that we "outgrew" or we bought the wrong size and our wife said we were an idiot not to just try them on in the store's changing room. Many of us give these all away to charity or sold in a yard sell and that is what I used to do, but my opinion has changed slightly. I think we should have a couple pairs of clothes that we can fit into as we actually do lose body fat during a tightening situation.
I never really thought that much about it before, thinking that I'd just tighten my belt if I got leaner... but now, after testing things out, I've decided that I don't like that plan one bit.