While a bandana simply looks like a kerchief (a triangular or square piece of cloth tied around the head or around the neck for protective or decorative purposes), the bandana actually has many uses!

And any prep item with multiple uses is a particularly good thing, right?

Here’s a list of the many uses for a bandana. Add your own in the comments below:


Uses For A Bandana

Forehead wrap to absorb sweat.

Head cover (shade from the sun).

Neck scarf.

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’)

Rothco, Subdued Urban Digital Camo, 27” x 27”

USA Made 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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