Military camouflage skills are something every prepper needs to master because the advantage of being unseen can hardly be exaggerated.
In a Doomsday scenario, the main advantages are avoiding those who might steal from you or otherwise create conflict, increasing your hunting odds, and keeping your bug-in or bug-out location a secret.
There are a handful of strategies that go beyond simply donning some camouflaged clothing that can significantly increase your likelihood to stay out of sight.
All of the camouflage gear in the world will not work if you have not taken steps to camouflage your face and hair, especially if it is blonde or red.
Camo paint, applied with the same colors and general pattern as your other camo, will disguise your face. Mud, charcoal, and face masks can also work, depending on your situation.
For your hair, tie it up and cover it with a camo hat or bandanna, the paint, or the mud. If camouflage is going to be part of your daily routine, you may even want to dye your hair.
It’s also a good idea to match your gear to your camo. The stark black of weapons and bags will be identifiable to humans, although less a problem when hunting some animals and at night.
If you’re going to be traveling in camo in an attempt to flee a SHTF scenario, consider buying gear with your pattern already on it. Otherwise, bring along some paint and cover up, although avoid covering the handles, stocks, and triggers of weapons, as it can make them hard to handle.
Positioning is another important element of camouflage. You should move slowly, and avoid going over barriers and hurdles, choosing to slowly move around them instead.
Where possible you should keep low to the ground and avoid going up in elevation to be silhouetted against the sky, which immediately reveals you. Another thing to keep in mind is that having the sun in front of you can help prevent attacks from behind. That can be especially useful in urban environments.
Speaking of which, wearing camouflage or other tactical gear in an urban environment isn’t desirable. If you do this, you’re standing out, not blending in, and marking yourself as both a good target to steal from and a potential threat to those around you.
It’s better to dress like you are absolutely unprepared, as plain and non-flashy as you can. Even gear bags can draw attention, although that is sometimes unavoidable. When possible, use plain knapsacks, conceal weapons, use your gear in privacy, and keep quiet. Avoid doing anything that would be memorable.
Another element of camouflage is to properly learn how to use decoys. Smoke (or other types of heating) and lights attract attention. You should keep those to a minimum at your actual location. All the better if you have a decoy location nearby that you can keep lit and heated.
You can use the decoy location to flush out potential enemies and looters. Ideally, they see the abandoned property and move on. But, even if they don’t, you will have the upper hand in being able to identify them before they see you.
Keep in mind, though, you will need to cover your tracks to conceal the actual location of your real home base. Otherwise, you will only be leading potential dangers right to your front door.