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DIY Survival Gear Using a Shemagh

DIY survival gear using a shemagh


Shemaghs get a bad rep because we see a lot of terrorists and bad guys wearing them on tv and in the movies.  However, a shemagh is actually a really helpful item to use for DIY survival gear.  Just like bandanas shemaghs have tons of uses which we will get into next.

DIY Survival Gear Using a Shemagh

  1. Cool down your body temperature by dipping the shemagh into some cool water and place over your head. This is really helpful if you are bugging out or even camping in hotter temperatures.
  2. To the opposite of that you can warm yourself up using a shemagh by placing under your hat or cap.
  3. The shemagh is also an awesome piece of DIY survival gear because you can use it to shield your face in colder temperatures. Instead of carrying a face mask or baklava you can keep your pack light by carrying the shemagh.
  4. Shemaghs can also be used as a face mask to protect yourself from debris or dust in the air. Now this won’t completely protect you from pollutants but can reduce the risk of being exposed.
  5. The shemagh can be used as a carrying bag. You can either fold it up so that you can place items inside of it or you can just spread it flat, place the items in, ball it up and tie it around a stick.
  6. Shemaghs can be used as a pillow. They are soft and typically provide enough material to ball up as a pillow.  This will help you to be comfortable in survival situations.  Being comfortable helps you to make better decisions when it is crunch time.
  7. If someone’s arm is broken or maybe pierced with something the shemagh can be used as a piece of DIY survival gear by using it as an arm sling.
  8. Along the same lines of using the shemagh as an arm sling it can also be used as a tourniquet to apply pressure to a wound until you are able to get appropriate medical attention.
  9. Now this maybe a bit obvious but the shemagh can be used as a towel or cleaning cloth. It’s really great if you have to clean out any cooking accessories or dry them.
  10. Just like a bandana you can use the shemagh as a water filter. The great thing about the shemagh is that they are typically 100% percent cotton which means you are able to filter the water better than you are with a bandana.  You will still want to run the water through the shemagh a couple of times to thoroughly filter the water.
  11. Another great DIY survival gear use of the shemagh is surprisingly for fire tinder. If you are desperate for you tinder you could cut a small piece to start a fire with by sparking it.
  12. Shemaghs not only can keep you warm and cool but can also provide sunshade by wrapping it around your head or neck. This is really great if there is no shade around and you are under the beaming sun.
  13. In a survival situation the last thing that you want to be worrying about is bears. Bears have ridiculously great sense of smelling.  They can smell food from miles away.  After you are done eating at your bug out location or camping spot you will want to use the shemagh as a bear bag by placing your food and trash into it.  Take some Para cord or rope to tie it up.  Walk at least 50 to 100 feet away from your location and sling it into the tree.
  14. If you are a fatty like me you have a tendency to break your belt. Ideally in a survival situation you will want to have a more durable belt.  However, if you are stuck with a broken belt you can substitute it with the shemagh.
  15. In a survival situation you might run out of food. Luckily if you are close to some body of water you can utilize the shemagh as a fishing net.  It wouldn’t be the greatest or most proficient way to catch fish but it is better than nothing.

So these were my suggested 15 ways to use the shemagh as DIY survival gear.  Please leave a comment below if you have any additional suggestions.  Your feedback will help the prepping community.


About Aaron

Aaron is the founder of Smart Prepper Gear and author of The Strategic Prepper. He has been involved with preparedness since 2009 after feeling the effects of the financial crisis that affected most of the country. Aaron also volunteers with CERT (community emergency response team), ARC (Amateur Radio Club), Red Cross and currently studying to be a certified NRA instructor.