Survival Friday: How to Use a Bandana to Save the Day

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Who would have thought that something as ubiquitous as the common bandana would have so many uses?  I know that I have used these colorful squares of cloth for many purposes over the years, not the least of which was keeping my hair in place and wiping the sweat off my brow in hot weather.

If you have not put a lot of thought into the usefulness of a bandana, think again.  As far as I am concerned, you should have one available as part of your every day carry kit and more than a few in your bug out bag and your stash of survival supplies.

My Top Six Favorite Uses for a Bandana

1.  Head scarf.  Whether it is a bad hair day or a good hair day, a bandana will protect your scalp and your hair from the sun and look fashionable at the same time.  This applies to men as well as women – just ask any biker.

2. Handkerchief.  A bandana makes a colorful and useful handkerchief that can be reused over and over again – after being washed, of course.

3.  Dust mask.  Tie a bandana over your face bandito-style to keep sand, dust and dirt out of your mouth and nose.

4.  Emergency TP.  You are out in the woods on a hike and have to go do your business.  Believe me, a bandana works a lot better that a clump of leaves.

5.  Signaling Device.  If you are in trouble and want to get someone’s attention, wave your bandana.  Red is the preferred color but any color will do.

6.  Dress you Dog.  Okay, I admit that this one is frivolous but Tucker the Dog looks so darn cute in his red bandana and besides, with him carrying the bandana, it is always available for my use, too.

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