Last summer I bought a box of Mylar sheets to replace my emergency blanket I kept behind my truck seat. It can get so cold in the mountains, if I got into car trouble, I would need the warmth. I have kept extra boots also.
I know a blanket is not that warm, but read about Mylar, which was developed in the space program. I bought a box of a dozen, since they seem fragile.
It is winter and this old trailerstead built with 2×2 construction radiates cold even with the heater going. There are days when I want a house so bad… but I want it to be the right housing for the long haul. Sustainable, not a typical market economy design that eats resources. Ahhhh the price of going my own way looking for a measure of independence.
This morning I was changing my sheets from cotton to flannel and got the brilliant idea to put a single sheet of Mylar on the mattress before I put on the flannel sheet. It might be really warm!
Sure enough, I am sleeping on it tonight and it feels like I am sleeping on an electric pad without the electricity. Sounds funny, though, like old crinoline dresses rustling.
I just took off the second blanket, you would think it was spring. I don’t know how well this thin little Mylar sheet will stand up to being a mattress pad, but tonight I am sleeping in the tropics.