Multiple Uses for Bandanas

A while back, a friend of mine who has been in the preparedness business for a much shorter time than I have been was looking over a bug-out bag list I had put together.

I was waiting for him to compliment me on how thorough I had been in putting it together, but instead he said, “You know there’s something missing from your list, right Frank?”

I smiled knowingly, thinking to myself that he couldn’t possibly be aware of anything I had not thought of while compiling the list. But to be polite, I said, “Oh, really? What’s that?”

“A bandana,” he said. “In fact, a bunch of bandanas. Why don’t you bandanas on your list?”

Thinking quickly in order to save face, I said, “Well, I rarely wear one, so I guess it doesn’t seem all that important to me. But you’ll notice that I do have…”

“Wearing a bandana is only one of the many reasons you should have them in your bug-out bag,” he interrupted. “Plus, they hardly take up any room.”

He then listed a bunch more reasons why putting bandanas in your bug-out bag is a good idea, including:

  • A handkerchief
  • A washcloth
  • A hand towel
  • Keeping your forehead from getting sunburned
  • A facemask if you’re in an area that smells bad or might contain toxic air
  • A neck band after it’s soaked in water on a hot day
  • A food wrap
  • A tourniquet for a serious injury
  • A wipe for a dip stick when checking the oil
  • A rope when you tie several of them together
  • A blindfold if you have to take someone back to your camp and you don’t want them knowing how to get there on their own in the future
  • A dog collar

I stopped him after a dozen. “OK, I get it,” I said. “You’ve convinced me.”

So, I acquired five different-colored bandanas and how have them in my backpack.

I learned two lessons from this experience: 1) Never think you can’t learn something new about preparedness, and 2) Never bug out without at least several bandanas.


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