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35 Uses for a Bandana In A Crisis


Please note: This article is written by ‘Above Average Joe’ and was originally seen on

A bandana sits right at the top of my list of often overlooked survival gear. It is another one of those items that has hundreds of improvised uses but only if you have the right mindset for it..

Bandana’s weigh a fraction of an ounce, they are dirt cheap, and are also a must have in your survival gear.

I’ve come up with my own ideas (and pulled some from a few different sources online) that showcase just how useful this piece of cotton can be.

Here is just a short list of possible uses for a bandana:

1. Signal (Brightly colored works best)

2. Neck Gaiter for cold weather

3. Tourniquet

4. Pot Holder

5. Collecting Wild Edibles

6. Sun protection for your neck

7. Sling (First-aid)

8. Sling (Weapon)

9. Friend/foe identification ( Gangs use them all the time to identify each other)

10. Cordage (cut into strips or used as is)

11. Washcloth/Towel

12. Sweatband

13. Waist pack/pouch

14. Hobo Pack

15. Padding a hotspot to keep from blistering

16. Cleaning Patches for Firearm

17. Gun Wipe Cloth (with oil)

18. Protection from foul odors ( add a few drops of essential oil)

19. Toilet Paper

20. Trail Marker

21. Dish Rag

22. Napkin

23. Water Filter (takes out large contaminants)

24. Clean Glasses and other lens

25. Ear Muffs

26. Bind a stone and toss a line over a limb

27. Dust Mask or smoke mask depending on the situation

28. Wet and wear in hot weather to keep you cool

29. Sneezing

30. Improvised Bandage

31. Noise Reducer (wrap your gear to keep it from rattling in your pack)

32. Improvised Eye Patch 34. Cloth Diaper for a child

34. As a net to catch minnows and other bait

35. Camp markers (tear into four pieces and mark trees surrounding your camp site)

It is always a good idea to carry a bandana with you, they take up no weight and have a lot of uses (provided you are creative enough to figure them out)

…Can you think of any other uses I may have missed?

Author Bio

The ‘Above Average’ Joe is a guy with an exceptional passion for learning. He has always had an interest in finding uncommon uses for everyday items and believes that if you can’t find at least three uses for a single item it isn’t worth having. Joe started down the path of survival and preparedness several years ago and treats every day as a learning experience.

Joe is excited to share the things he learns from his own personal experiences and research with the Survival Life community, and strives to ensure that every “average Joe” has all of the information they need to be confidently prepared in this unsteady world that we live in.

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2 replies on “35 Uses for a Bandana In A Crisis”

Getting caught in unexpected cold weather, spread the bandana out across your
chest under your shirt for an additional layer of insulation and as a windbreak to your chest area.

Not pertinent to the article but newspaper also functions well used this way
if available.

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