50 Bandana Uses For Survival, Normal Stuff, and Otherwise Different…

The many bandana uses makes it a great preparedness item, right?

I keep an assortment of varying size bandanas with a variety of prints. My most common use during the summer is a forehead sweatband.

Here’s a list of the many uses for a bandana. I came up with 50 potential uses. Add your own in the comments below:

Bandana Uses

Forehead wrap to absorb sweat.

Head cover (shade from the sun).

Neck scarf / gaiter.

Nose & Mouth filter.

Camouflage your face.

Hide your identity.


Tie things together.

Towel (all purpose rag).

1st-stage water filter to strain out sediments.

Strainer (general purpose).

Hold small objects (hobo bag).

Marker or Flag.


Weapon (fill with rocks, tie into bundle, throw, sling, or wield).

Wound dressing for emergency.

Kindling fire-starter material, or to make ash cloth.

Grip (wrap for a more secure grip on things).

Pot holder (for a hot pan handle).

Dish rag.



Tourniquet (twist tight with a stick).

Pressure Bandage (apply pressure – stop bleeding)

Coffee filter.


Pillow (fill with leaves, etc. and tie closed).

Gag (to silence someone).


Eye cover (while napping).

Feminine hygiene.


Hair tie up (ponytail, etc..).

Shoulder pad (extra cushion under backpack straps, etc..).

Emergency flag for broken-down vehicle (tie to antenna, hang out window).


Tie-down (general purpose).

Toilet ‘paper’.

A sporty neck wrap for your dog…

A sling for a broken/injured arm.


Belt (may require several bandanas!).

Pocket pistol wrap (reduce ‘printing’).

Emergency socks.

Soak in cold water to cool down.

Wrap cell phone (protect screen from scratches in a bag / pocket).

Covid face diaper.

Clean your glasses.

Counter-pressure for headaches (tie tightly around forehead)

Bikini top.

>> Rothco, Large, 27” x 27”
(view on amzn)

>> Made in USA – Military Army Trainmen Paisley 22″ x 22″

Factoid: The popularity of the bandana and kerchief was at it highest point in the 1970s, 80s and 90s depending on one’s location.

What are some of your ideas for uses of a bandana?


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