Bandanas have been around for years and they are used for many things. Gangs use them to show off their colors and construction workers use them to keep the sweat out of their eyes. But did you know that the bandana could be useful in a survival situation? Here are ten important ways that you could use a bandana for survival. Check them out and then go stock up on bandanas for your prepper stash!
Emergency situations can occur at any time and in any place. In a real life crisis finding help is important. The bandana can be used as a signal to flag down help or to point people towards your location. You might not realize it but your brightly colored bandana could mean the difference between being found and being forgotten.
You have probably seen the pictures of the Chinese wearing breathing masks during the outbreak of the swine flue. While the bandana is not the optimum breathing mask, it can be used in a pinch. If you find yourself in a dusty situation or in a place that has horrendous smells, simply tie the bandana around your face and you have an improvised mask to protect you.
While you might not think about the need for bath towels while you are prepping, you will definitely realize the importance of this amenity during the emergency. While it is small, it is better than nothing at all! If you are stranded, your bandana will be a great way to dry off.
You have been out hunting and you have accidentally cut yourself while cleaning your kill. What will you do? The bandana is a great option for making a tourniquet. It is lightweight, easy to store, and it will tie very easily.
5. Sun Protection
Sunburn can take down even the toughest athlete. Avoid painful sunburn on your head by tying on a bandana. This is also a great way to keep sweat from dripping into your eyes and causing painful irritation.
6. Toilet Tissue
We all do it. There is no way around it. However, you aren’t likely to have a roll of your favorite toilet paper nearby during a survival situation. If you are without toilet paper, the bandana could be the wipe of choice. And it sure beats the heck out of using leaves!
7. Trail Marker
If you are wondering through woods and you are afraid that you might lose your way or be traveling in circles, try tying a bandana to a tree to mark your trail so you can find your way back.
8. Water Filter
While the bandana is not going to be the number one choice for filtering water, it is an option in emergencies. While it won’t filter microscopic organisms, it will remove larger dirt and debris.
If you are cut or wounded in any way, the bandana can be used as a bandage until a better option is found. Apply it just like you would a normal wound dressing.
10. Fire Starter
Obviously you don’t want to lose your bandana by lighting it on fire, but in a bad situation where you can’t find any good kindling, it will work. Just rip it into pieces and use it as tinder to get your fire started.
There are many other ways that you could use a bandana in a survival situation. Don’t forget this important tool when you are packing your bug out bag or preparing your prepper supplies at home.
What is your favorite survival use for a bandana?