It's not often a person claims to have been saved by sensible clothes, but such was the case recently with a man who was adrift in the wilderness for a couple of days. He was wearing the right stuff. And that's why he's alive, he says.

More people should wear the right stuff.

It's not about dress codes. It's about common sense. Too many people venture into the outback wearing flip-flops and tank tops with little or no thought about nighttime temperatures.

Most people have noted a change in "fashion" in recent years. Teenagers now wear shorts year-round — even on frosty February mornings. And the notion of a good pair of shoes has been replaced by sandals every day. Style is one thing. But preparedness is another, especially when tackling nature. Just as skateboarders and motorcyclists should wear helmets and protective gear, those who decide to take on the great outdoors should be ready for whatever crops up — not just to enhance their own safety and the well-being of their families but because too many people end up stranded and injured who shouldn't. And that creates tons of worry and inconvenience for other folks who must try to save them.

The guides for proper gear are out there on the Internet and in dozens of manuals.

Sturdy shoes, good socks and a warm jacket are good places to begin for hikers and even casual strollers. According to experts, adventurers should keep a bandanna handy, have a broad-brimmed hat and wear light clothing to make spotting ticks and other bugs easier, though dark clothing dries faster.

John "Giz" Youngerman, the fellow who was rescued after two days of being lost in the Uintas, thought ahead and saved his life. He had a windbreaker, a jacket, three pairs of socks and a pair of gloves with him.

Now Youngerman is getting the word out that being prepared is a matter of life and death. The proper clothing can be a lifesaver.

We pass that word along to readers.