Make Your Own Camouflage in an Emergency Situation

One reason for human evolution as the dominant species on Earth is the survival trait of fleeing.  Right from the start, human beings survived larger predatory animals by fleeing.  Our early ancestors realized survival meant working together as a group and hunting together; however, sometimes, this meant fleeing when alone in danger.  The best survivalists have further evolved, being able to blend into any surrounding environment, even in an emergency.  Blending into the environment is an important trait of a survivalist.  In fact, blending in is very important to a number of species and considered to be their primary defense mechanism. Spiders in the jungle are of the same colors as vibrant flowers and plants, the praying mantis is extremely hard to detect, snakes blend right in and of course there is the chameleon. We can learn from the success this tactic provides these creatures.  The basic principle of camouflage is simply blending into the environment; therefore it is almost crucial to be in the environment in order to properly camouflage.  In the event of an emergency, this will be the exact scenario, so it is how it should be practiced. Camouflaging can be practiced in any scenario; however, most emergencies where camouflage is required will mean predatory threats of some kind. The very nature of camouflage means to be hiding, which means there is something to hide from. The need to hide must happen quickly, so acting brisk is imperative to survival.


The wilderness offers many places to hide and attaining a location with woodlands will provide the cover of the Earth.  The treetops also provide a blanket if there is an aerial threat.  The first priority is to ditch any clothing which is light or vibrant (whites, yellows, lighter reds, lighter blues, fluorescent colors, pinks, etc). These colors are not worth even attempting to camouflage, therefore no matter what ethnicity the camouflager may be, they will have a better shot camouflaging their very skin.  That said, any exposed skin should be camouflaged anyway, including the face.  Locate mud or dense, loose dirt which can be used as finger paint.

Begin rubbing the dirt or mud on the bare skin, and on and throughout all articles of clothing.  One would be surprised how thorough a job can be done with just a few handfuls of dirt. It is merely important to be thorough and leave no white or light surfaces.  This also includes the hair, if blonde, red or light in color, as well as the hands and any tennis shoes (ditching shoes is not wise, since moving is part of a successful camouflaging technique).  Next is to move with your mission.  If the mission is to reach a safe house, shelter or bunker of some kind, stay low, keep moving in the darker corners  of the woodlands, and any time a threat or risk begins to surface, lay low, preferably in a ditch or behind a log, and quickly toss up fallen leaves, branches and brush around oneself. A good emergency camouflage plan involves movement and fluidity, which means using the things around oneself in nature to blend into the environment.  It is also surprisingly easy to hide in the treetops temporarily for rest after one is camouflaged, just using a few branches as cover.

With more time to prepare, black zip ties and a pocket knife can allow a more elaborate camouflage which is literally composed of nature and the forest itself.  Cutting small incisions as holes throughout the remaining clothing, branches of the native plants and trees can be zip tied into the clothing, creating a thorough disguise…a premium forestry camouflage.  The best camouflage is real, not faked.  Instead of worrying about getting the paint the right colors and making the patterns look as real as possible, focus on becoming a REAL part of nature, this way there is no difference between the you and the environment. Blend in just like the chameleon (who never used spray paint).

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