Remaining unseen and unheard is an important survival skill for us all to master. Whether you’re hunting your next meal or avoiding detection by predators or potentially threatening humans, camouflage can make or break your chances of survival.
It’s not as easy and throwing on a camo jumpsuit though. A lot of effort goes into truly concealing yourself in a survival situation, and one small mistake can undo all your hard work.
That said, very few people understand the most important elements of proper camouflage.
Here are the four keys to camouflage that will keep you consistently concealed, whatever your purpose for blending in may be.
Artificial is the enemy
There’s no better way to stand out in a natural environment than to look artificial. Anything that appears to be out of place will give you away. That means you have to work hard to make yourself appear as a natural part of the environment.
For example, these common visual cues can compromise you even if you’re decked out in camo gear:
1) Exposed skin
2) Reflective jewelry or clothing
Think about texture
Have you ever seen what a covert military sniper looks like? These guys aren’t just wearing camouflage print; they’ve got all kinds of grasses, branches, and other material hanging off them too. When they lay down in their environment, they practically disappear.
The secret here isn’t really much of a secret at all. They blend in so well because they’re mimicking the texture of their surroundings. With all the different accoutrements attached to their garments, their shape is continuous with the shape of the surrounding plants and terrain.
The more you can texture yourself to become a fixture of your surroundings, the better you’ll blend in to the untrained eye. If you’re good enough at it, you’ll be hard for even a trained eye to spot!
Avoid letting light outline your silhouette
All the best camouflage in the world can’t save you from being spotted if you walk across the light and someone or something sees your silhouette. If you walk along a ridge or are of skyline, the shape of your body and the movement of your gate will immediately give you away.
You can avoid this vulnerability by moving only in areas where it’s difficult to distinguish your shape against the background of the landscape. This means avoiding hilltops and similar areas. It also means trying to remain crouched and crawling whenever possible.
What else should survivalists know about camouflage and concealment?
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