Bandanas have been playing a part in survival situations for a very long time. And, just like anything else, its importance can wear off over time if we take them for granted.
However, it’s important to remember that bandanas have been the go-to survival item for so long for one simple reason. They’re incredibly versatile. After all, this article covers many of the uses for this survival item. However, it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what this sheet of cloth can do for you.
The fact remains it’s foolish not to carry a bandana in your bug out bag. And, after realizing what all it can do for you, you’ll want to add a few of these in your pack for safe keeping.
6+ Astounding Survival Uses For A Bandana
Remember the story of David and Goliath? This very small, meek-looking man was able to kill the giant Goliath with nothing more than a stone and a sling. You can do something similar with this bandana. Now, it may take some practice. But over time it won’t be surprising if you’re using a bandana as a way to defend yourself, or to hunt yourself some game for supper.
Foraging for berries and herbs? Or coming back with an armload of veggies from your survival garden? No matter what food you need to bring, you can carry it a lot more easily with the use of a bandana. Just place the items in the cloth, and then tie th corners together, keeping the food in place.
You can also attach this bundle of food to the tip of a long, sturdy stick. This can make it easier to carry.
Get A Fire Going
Need to warm up your hands, heat some survival food, or see in the pitch black darkness? A bandana can help you get a fire going in no time. Since bandanas are typically made from cotton, these catch fire quite easily. Not to mention, you can always cut the bandana into squares. This way, you can salvage your resources and make many more fires from just one piece of cloth.
Immobilize A Limb
If someone in your party sprains an arm or wrist, moving it is going to make it ten times worse. Instead, you can immobilize the limb by wrapping it in a bandana. Tie multiple bandanas together to make a sling.
Keep Dust, Snow, & Debris Out
Inhaling dust and smoke can be very bad for your lungs, and can make you cough like crazy. Wrap the bandana around your nose and mouth to keep trudging on, while protecting your lungs from dust/smoke inhalation.
Judge The Wind’s Direction
Knowing the direction of the wind can be incredibly useful for building a shelter, or knowing where to start a fire. To figure out what direction it’s coming from, all you need is a bandana and a stick.
Tie all four corners of the bandana around the top of a stick, and then hold the stick vertically in the air. Much like a sail, the bandana will catch the wind, and will help show you which direction the wind is traveling from.
The survival uses for a bandana are practically endless. Here’s a video with quite a few more of them to consider!