Multiple Uses for Bandanas

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Motomom34, Dec 15, 2015.

  1. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    A bandana is something everyone should have. Actually the more the better. I have them in my BOB, I have a few in my first aid bag plus in various other areas. I have both small and large because when using as a sling, the larger ones worked better.

    Following is a list of 30uses for bandanas-

    1. Signal (also see signal mirror)
    2. Neck Gaiter for cold weather
    3. Tourniquet (But for Snake Bites use a Sawyer Extractor)
    4. Pot Holder
    5. Collecting Wild Edibles
    6. Sun block for neck
    7. Sling (first-aid – also see medical kits for you BOB)
    8. Sling (as in David and Goliath)
    9. Sling (for a staff )
    10. Cordage (strips or as is)
    11. Washcloth/Towel (Bathe out of a Collapsible Bucket)
    12. Sweatband
    13. Waist pack/pouch
    14. Hobo Pack
    15. Padding a hotspot
    16. Cleaning Patches for Firearm
    17. Bullet Patches for Muzzleloader
    18. Gun Wipe Cloth (with oil)
    19. Toilet Paper
    20. Mark a Trail
    21. Dish Rag
    22. Napkin
    23. Eye patch
    24. Pre-water Filter (like Coffee Filters)
    25. Clean Glasses and other lens
    26. Ear Muffs
    27. Bind a stone and toss a line over a limb
    28. Dust Mask (in Urban Survival)
    29. Wet and wear for Hot Weather
    30. Sneezing
    I borrowed the above list from Survival Cache
    30 Uses for a Bandana

    Bandannas are such a great tool to always have that some even come with info printed on them. You can purchase them with first aid instructions, knot tying, and survival tips.
    Printed Image SOO311-B First Aid Bandana

    What have you used them for?
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015
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  2. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Dollar Tree has ordinary bandanna’s 2 for a dollar.
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  3. UncleMorgan

    UncleMorgan I like peeling bananas and (occasionally) people.

    Three bandannas hung in succession from a tripod of sticks and filled in turn with fine grass, fine sand, and crushed charcoal make a great water filter. It gets the muck and the yuck out, but boiling is a good idea once the water comes out clear. Next best thing to distillation.
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  4. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

  5. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    Don't forget, a Face Hider for that all important Stage Coach Robbery.......[lolol]
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  6. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

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  7. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    True. All a square piece of cloth. I once used the word shemagh and one of my redneck friends asked, what the h***is a shemagh." I have never seen bandannas at the dollar store. I will have to look.
  8. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Founding Member

    Bulk Paisley Bandanas, 2-ct. Packs at
  9. Aeason

    Aeason Monkey

    I once saw a girl wearing a holter top made from several bandanas, purtty cool
  10. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Don;t forget taking hot crap off the first.

    I like the original ca. 30" bandanas. Wear them regularly as head scarves, and use them for dozen of other uses. I try to carry one in silk and one in cotton to make best advantage of there qualities by situation.
  11. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn RIP 1/13/21

    AO color of day for tribe in hostile situation. wrong color..... so sad too bad. carry multiple colors, wear right color only when approaching friendly lines from outside
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  12. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Water filter of another kind. Tie them into a rope, and hang it over the side of the dirty water bucket, into another bucket. It should wick through all the cloth, and be a whole lot cleaner in the second bucket. Downside is it is very slow, so you may need quite a few "ropes" to dripping.
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  13. DKR

    DKR Raconteur of the first stripe

    Ah - so deska! Furoshiki as art, as tool, as meditation...


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  14. AxesAreBetter

    AxesAreBetter Monkey+++

    Bless you? Bunch of six dollar words in that post. Ha.
  15. Hanzo

    Hanzo Monkey+++

    Also tinder, char cloth, socks, gang symbol..
  16. Motomom34

    Motomom34 Monkey+++

    One question I have- I was told to soak a bandana in colloidal silver and it can be used as a bandage. I keep thinking once soaked and dried, it would be best to store the treated bandana in a baggie so it stays effective. Would it make a difference?
  17. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart,Deadman Walking, Snow Monkey Moderator

    @Motomom34 You better keep that in a BLACK Baggie, or the Colloidal Silver will tarnish, via UV Sunlight.....
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