Shemaghs are an incredibly useful piece of gear. Deemed popular within the survival and tactical community. These soft, woven cotton articles of clothing are a widely known as a popular choice for people who live in the middle east.
But they have a lot more of a purpose than keeping the sun off of your head and dust out of your eyes, or mouth (even though that is a helpful characteristic of them). In fact, this is one piece of kit that I continuously keep in my everyday carry bag, as well as my hiking kits, because of how versatile it is.
Uses for a Shemagh
In no particular order, here are 20 common and less-than-common uses for a Shemagh.
- Improvised sling if your arm becomes injured
- Makeshift bandage for heavy cuts or gashes
- Makeshift tourniquet if things have gone further south with an injury
- Improvised Splint
- Sweat towel
- Water filter
- Wrap to keep items contained within your backpack
- Cooling cloth (paired with water)
- Scarf for cold months
- Small blanket
- Or a large blanket for a small child
- Head dress to keep the sun off your head
- Blockade against dust or debris
- Improvised pillow
- Ground cloth
- Hunting & gathering sack
- Improvised backpack or butt pack when tied properly
- Self-defense item
- Pot Holder so you don't burn yourself
How do you use your Shemagh?
It seems like every time I go out I find a new use for my Shemagh. Some of the ones I mentioned above are things that I do with my shemagh all the time. While thankfully, some of them are ones that I have never had to use it for.
So, let's hear it from you! How do you use your Shemagh? Drop us a comment below.