I have 25 reasons to store bandanas for survival today. Here’s the deal, they are inexpensive and easy to store. I almost feel like the ideas below are similar to my duct tape list but it’s how I roll with preparedness stuff.
I can take just about any item and my mind automatically thinks “how many of these should I store and how many ways can I use them to survive an unforeseen emergency. We have to have an arsenal of supplies because if the grid goes down can you just imagine how empty the store shelves will be?
I bet you are visualizing them right now. If not, that’s okay, but the next time you go to the store think of the things you need and the shelves that are normally stacked to the ceiling become bare. No water, no food, no first aid supplies, the list goes on and on.
I went to our local hardware store a few years ago and stocked up on a dozen plus bandanas. The package says bandannas with two n’s, but I call them bandanas. If you have some ideas to add to my list, please send them to me, I would love it. You can use bandanas for so many things, so let’s get started.
- Use as a hat or scarf
- Make a protective mask with one of them
- Cold compress (wet one or add ice if available)
- Make a splint with a paint stick (I learned this in my C.E.R.T. class)
- They make great eye patches (not just for Halloween)
- Make some handcuffs (yes we may need them if we do not have zip ties to protect ourselves)
- Patch clothes that have a hole (choose any color)
- Toilet paper if nothing else is available
- Great for straining water or food items
- Cover your eyes to sleep
- Put a few together to use as a last ditch effort for hot pads
- Girls/women can make some menstrual items by layering them
- Wash your dishes with one
- Dry your dishes with one
- You could gag someone with one if they become hysterical after a disaster (that sounds mean but it may come to this)
- Blindfold (we used these for “Pin the tail on the donkey” at parties when I was young
- My son-in-law uses one to work out with, they make a great sweatband
- Check out the one on the far right side, totally fluorescent orange (it screams emergency)
- Use them for a napkin or a plate to hold snacks
- If you do not have anything to start a fire, cut or tear them into strips to make a fire starter (store matches)
- Choose one color for your family and wear them on your wrist or neck, depending on the ages involved after a disaster or on a vacation as well
- Tear some into strips to add to your 72-hour bug out bags to tie on branches if you go exploring in the mountains to keep track of where you are
- They make great grease collectors
- Awesome dust masks although I prefer N-95’s
- Compression wrap when needed for profuse bleeding
Please store bandanas, and spread the word to have others store a few for any unforeseen emergency that may come your way. May God bless you for your efforts.