Today’s post is not about hunting camo or even outdoor gear for that matter; instead, it is about comfort. When it’s cold and miserable outside, there is one product that is a true luxury and believe it or not, it’s affordable. Scrape the change from under your car seat and cup holders, march into a Walgreen’s, Target or CVS and pick yourself up a pack of ThermaCare Heat Wraps. Initially, this ingenious product was designed for pain relief, but when applied to cold weather hunting conditions, the benefit of this simple product far exceeds curing a backache.
ThermaCare wraps pump out a substantial amount of heat and when placed over the vitals they will keep you quite comfortable when the temps dip below freezing. Heat increases blood flow and therefore stimulates core warmth. At $3 per wrap, there is not a less expensive alternative to maintain a proper core body temp for extended periods of time, up to 14 hours in my experience. On extreme cold weather hunts, the neck/shoulder version is a great option as an add-on to the lower back wrap. Using both wraps simultaneously increases blood flow throughout the entire body. It should be noted that this product is not reusable, when the heat cells run out, toss the wrap in the garbage.
Back Heat: $3.50 for 1, $9 for 3
Neck Heat: $3.25 for 1. $7.49 for 3
There you have it, a simple trick to staying warm on late season hunts. I tend to stock-pile ThermaCare wraps like an autumn squirrel stocking acorns knowing that once the temps plummet, I will go through them quickly. Give ThermaCare heat wraps a try and you will not be disappointed. $3 for a full day of comfort in cold weather is well worth the cost.