The schemagh, also known as a keffiyeh, is a traditional head scarf worn throughout Arab countries. These scarves have many uses and I recommend preppers include them in their kits.
Among the varies uses:
–When wrapped around the head and neck, the provide great protection from the sun as well as from biting insects. There are many online sites and videos that show how to wrap these scarves in traditional ways.
–During hot days, get the scarf wet before wrapping it around your head and neck. Evaporation is a cooling process.
–They can be folded and tied into a bindle to carry gear.
–The scarf is great for keeping you warm on cold days and nights.
–Kept up around the face, it will protect you from windburn as well as keep sand and debris out.
–Folded and held in the hand, it can be used like an oven mitt to remove hot pans from a fire.
–It can be used as a sling, a tourniquet, or a compression bandage.
–The scarf could be an improvised water filter. While it certainly won’t keep out bacteria, it will do well to filter out debris from the water prior to purifying it.
–It can be a towel for drying hands, face, and neck.
–In a pinch, you could roll it up and use it to lash items to your pack.
I’m all about having multiple uses for things I add to my kits and the shemagh scarf certainly fits that bill rather well.