Chris Walks the Walk

Nature’s Access wanted to find out how effective Reflective Survival Blankets are. So on a 20 degree night, Chris Daniels went out into the snow of Northern Michigan with his knife, fire starting kit and a Reflective Survival Blanket.

He did start a fire to heat himself up before bedding down, but we wanted to know the effectiveness of the Survival Blanket, so the fire faded as he hit the sack…so to speak. According to Chris, the blanket was very inadequate. “I tried to wrap in the Blanket but it was really to small to be useful. A Reflective Sleeping Bag would have been better.”

Chris Daniels relaxing between hikes is British Columbia, Canada.

Chris Daniels relaxing between hikes is British Columbia, Canada.

After 6 hours of restless sleep with just a coat, stocking cap and boots, he awoke shivering cold. A bag rather than a blanket would have retained the heat better.  The lesson learned; other than apparently, a large rock does not make a good pillow, is that the standard Reflective Blankets are not large enough to be very effective. Maybe if a degree or two is the difference between life and death, then the blanket is OK, but that’s too close for comfort. If you have one in your survival pack or car, you want to upgrade. It’s better than nothing, but not much. They take up next to no room in your pack, but you want to ensure you have something more substantial, even if it takes up more room than you would like.  Thanks Chris for taking one for the team!


About Nature's Access

I am a Grandfather of nine and father of three. I have been married for 35 years. I am a veteran of the Army with eight years of service and one combat tour. I have a bachelors degree in History and Military Science. I love the outdoors. I am a proud Christian. I have many interest and love to research anything that I lack knowledge in. Wild edibles/herbal medicines and survival are passions of mine and I love sharing what I know.
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