A ghillie suit can be the perfect camouflage for one person, but what if you have multiple people, like children? What if you need to be able to make your whole family melt into your surroundings fast, leaving no trace? What if we were to fashion a ghillie blanket?
Being the prepper dad that I am, I am always trying to come up with new innovative ideas to give me an edge in protecting my family. One of my big fears is being pursued with small children in tow and needing to disappear fast.
What if I make a Ghillie Blanket?
A ghillie blanket should be large enough to drape over us and allow us to melt into tall grass or forest vegetation.
I started looking into Ghillie Blankets, and realized there weren’t too many out there. A couple of the commercial ghillie blankets looked decent, but I think I can make two for the price of one the one of the pre-made ones.
Now that I had a concept in mind, it should be trivial to make it.
A good base to start with would be some burlap. Camoflauge burlap would give you a nice camouflage base to start with, further adding to your stealth. Even a Mossy Oak brand of camouflage burlap is available.
The Camo Burlap already does a pretty good job of camouflaging items, but to really make it effective you’ll want to add some Ghillie strips to it. A ghillie suit kit or two should provide plenty of ghillie strips and strings to fasten to the burlap blanket.
Once all the strips and strings are all tied on to the burlap, take it out and roll it around in some dirt, mud, leaves and get some foliage tangled into it.
If you remember the movie “Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves” and the forest ambush scene (1:09:28), where the Merry-Men abduct Friar Tuck, then you’ve already seen the Ghillie Blanket concept in action.
To try and negate the heat signature, one could fasten an Olive Green All Weather (Heavy Duty) Space Blanket, shiny side down, to the Ghillie blanket.
If you plan of fleeing or bugging out solo, then a ghillie suit might be the perfect camouflage for you, but if you have children or a small group you might want to fashion a few ghillie blankets!