Saturday, December 20, 2008

Simple Survival Tools - Bandanas

One of the most versatile tools you can have is the bandana. They have more uses than you can imagine. If you don’t have a bandana, you need to get one or two, or even three. You can never have too many bandanas and they’re inexpensive!

Here are just a few of the uses for a bandana.

1. Bandage
2. Tourniquet
3. Sling
4. Eye patch
5. Wash cloth for cleaning wounds
6. Bind a splint
7. Make an ice pack
8. Use as a cover to prevent sunburn
9. Clean your eyeglasses, sunglasses or camera lens
10. Napkin
11. Pot holder or dish towel
12. Wrap noisy items in your backpack
13. Hobo pouch to carry stuff
12. Sweat band or rag
13. Personal wash cloth
14. Cover food to keep away flies
15. Emergency coffee filter - a personal favorite
16. Emergency toilet paper
17. Emergency kindling - purely as a last resort
18. Blowing your nose
19. Emergency wick for your oil lamp
20. Hang a flashlight from tent ceiling
21. Dust Mask
22. Use as a trail marker
23. Use as a sun shade for your cap
24. Signal flag
25. Use as a water filter

You’re never truly prepared without a bandana!

Got bandana?

Staying above the water line!



Anonymous said...

Two (or more) tied together end to end, then twisted make an emergency or fashion belt.

Emergency feminine hygiene

Two, tacked or pinned together at two corners, slipped over head, pin at sides makes an emergency top

And, I can still find them made in the USA of 100% cotton.

Bellen said...

The little things are oft overlooked. The simple bandanna has so many uses it HAS to be included as an everyday carry

riverwalker said...


Too many to list on one page.

Great tips! Thanks.


riverwalker said...

To: survivaltopics

It's strange how we sometimes overlook or forget about the little things that can do so much.
Thanks Ron.


Off Grid Survival said...

Good Post!
Bandannas are great, I have one in everyone of my bags, and I rarely leave without carrying one in my back pocket.

riverwalker said...

TO: Off Grid Survival

Don't leve home without one or two or three...!



Anonymous said...

In reading one of Miles Stair website, he mentioned a great idea, especially for urban dwellers. Keeping a bandana, small water filled bottle and a clothes pin handy in case of need for a dust mask could be valuable. Wetting down bandana and tying around your nose / mouth would help prevent your lungs from becoming filled with dust - a good idea!

'nother idea for that bandana - using it to steady your handgun. Clench one corner in teeth, other corner around shooting hand thumb and lightly stretch - helps eliminate the wobbles. Probably be a good idea to stay away from the big centerfires, lest it become a tooth extractor, lol.

More ideas for bandanas:

riverwalker said...

To: aninymous

I look like an outlaw when I tie mine up to use as a dusk mask!

Great tips! I don't think there's enough space on the internet for all the uses of a bandana. LOL


Joseph said...

Simple and multiuse, great post. Hey, why do you think the Scouts wear one as part of the uniform??

riverwalker said...

To: Joseph

Multi-use item......most definitely!



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