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I place tremendous emphasis on "wool". Today one can get wonderful clothes and even blankets (I have them myself) that are made of synthetic materials that have all the good properties of wool (stay warm even when wet) without the drawbacks (feel "scratchy"). In fact I have two wonderful blankets of this material that are softer than anything I've ever felt. I have a set of "long john" underwear made of a synthetic that actually wicks moisture away from the body to the outer clothing where it can either dry or drain. However, unless one can spend well over $1000 just for clothing to last 20 or more years of hiking, wool can always be scrounged or is already in your home, and may even be produced in the settlement.

Offered by Ron.