The Shemagh (pronounced Shmog) has been used for years by people in the Middle East who wrap it around their head and neck as protection from both sun and sand. U.S. soldiers also use it extensively when in that region or in other hot, arid places. While it is extremely useful for those purposes, it can be used in numerous other ways as well. Here’s how to use a shemagh tactical scarf in 10 different ways.
As a cool down
Instead of just using it to prevent sunburn, wet it before tying it around your head and it will actually make you feel cooler.
As a warm layer
Wear a shemagh scarf under a hat or hood for extra warmth in cold weather.
As dust protection
Even if you don’t live in a very sandy or dust storm prone region, it makes great protection from sawdust, grass clippings, or other flying particles.
As a bag
Tie the corners and carry anything in the middle.
As a pillow
Wad it into a ball or even stuff it with leaves or grass. It makes a good substitute pillow whether you’re in a survival situation or a long car or bus ride.
As a sling
While it may not be best for long term use in this capacity, a shemagh scarf great for an injury acquired while camping or hiking.
As a bandage
Again, use it for simple first aid while out in nature or otherwise distant from civilization.
As a towel
It’s large enough to easily fill in for a towel or even a small blanket in a survival situation.
As a water filter
While any water filtered through a scarf should still be boiled if possible, it’s good for filtering both small and large particles
As a fashion accessory
Wear it around your neck without covering your head. It is, after all, a scarf, and it comes in several different fashion friendly colors!
BONUS uses for a shemagh scarf!
Use it as an emergency changing pad.
Use it to cover park benches or other dirty seating areas.
Tie it around the handle of your stroller to help you identify it in stroller parking areas.
Resources mentioned in this article:
- Duct Tape 911 by James Hubbard MD
- Life Straw water filter — more effective than a shemagh!
- Shemagh scarves
- The Survival Medicine Handbook by Joe and Amy Alton