Survival Items – The Bandana

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Believe it or not a bandanna is a very handy survival item. They’re cheap (about $1 a piece) and take up very little room in your bag.


So why is the Bandana such a good survival item? Here a few reasons:

  1. They are great for keeping your head warm in the cold or cool in the hot sun.
  2. It can be used as an emergency bandage or to wrap a sprained ankle.
  3. Can be soaked in cold water and wrapped around the neck to prevent heat exhaustion.
  4. Cleaning (use as a napkin, wash cloth or towel)
  5. Can be used as a pot holder for grabbing stuff off the campfire.
  6. Can be used to wrap gear in your backpack to prevent it from making noise.
  7. Use it as a Bum Bag to carry supplies
  8. Use to cover food.
  9. Use as a wrap for a handmade torch or lamp, or use as emergency tinder.
  10. Can be used as an emergency dust mask.
  11. Can be tucked into the back of a ball cap to protect your neck from the sun.
  12. Used as part of an emergency water filter.
  13. Bright colored Bandana can be tied to a stick and used as a signal flag.

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  1. Cherlynn says:

    I’m laughing here! A bank robber just used his bandana to cover his face while using his shot gun to rob our local bank. His 3rd time doing this so his days are numbered as the FBI is riding the MO/IA border ready to nap him and his bandana!

  2. Mike says:

    Some ski resorts and outdoor stores sell maps on bandana’s. I like to buy them as they work great because they never rip or fall apart.

    They are also good for wiping goggles and sun glasses.

    Also they are probably one of the best things to use as a turnakit.

    • SealTeamIV says:

      TURNAKIT? Really?
      You mean TOURNIQUET?

  3. Mike says:

    Way more than 13 reasons…
    Cotton bandana can be torn to pieces an create char cloth;
    Used as a pre-filter for your water filter to prolong its life…
    Just a good idea to have at least a few of them in your gear list.

  4. HavocDog says:

    I like the shemagh aka keffiyeh. Typically they are a bit larger than a standard bandana, a little thicker usually. Be sure to get the natural fabric versions as many are now using polyester in the manufacture. Being larger there is more cordage to be had if you use it for such, you can cover more body parts if that is your use, it just seems to me to be more useful overall and hey the desert Bedouins have used them for centuries to good effect!

  5. Enter your name... says:

    They can also be used as a trail marker, or a marker so you can find your favorite hunting blind.

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