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Emergency Blankets

If you’ve ever been at the finish line of a marathon, you’ve probably seen the runners immediately wrap up in what appear to be tinfoil blankets. No, they aren’t warding off the aliens but rather protecting their body from a rapid temperature drop that often happens when they stop running.

Emergency blankets, also known as solar blankets, space blankets or mylar blankets are an essential item to keep in any good survival kit or bug out bag. An emergency blanket can be used to keep a person warm and shielded from the elements when their gear is either non-existent, insufficient, or compromised.

First developed by NASA (hence the ‘space blanket’ moniker) in the early 1960s, emergency blankets are made of a thin film of plastic coated with vaporized aluminum. This inner metallic layer allows one to capitalize on the heat the body naturally generates by reflecting up to 97% of the heat back toward the body. The plastic outer provides a protective, weatherproof layer to keep the person dry, helping him to retain even more heat.

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