The shemagh is a traditional headdress commonly used in arid regions to protect against dust, sand, and sunlight. It is Middle Eastern in origin, usually made of cotton or flax and available in a variety of colors. The shemagh proves itself to be an invaluable member of your tactical or survival preparation with its nearly countless uses. Let’s take a look at some situations where a shemagh may come in handy.
- Protection from the elements: The most obvious use for your tactical scarf is clear protection from a variety of environmental conditions. Your shemagh will prevent sunburn, dust and sand inhalation, and in the unfortunate circumstance of a natural disaster like an earthquake, fire or other emergencies, you may require a mask very quickly and your shemagh will act as just that.
- Temperature regulation: There is a lot of fabric to play with when you use this tactical scarf, as such, it can double as a blanket on cold nights. If you are overheating, simply soaking it in cold water before wearing assists in maintaining a good body temperature. Are you stuck somewhere cold? Tuck that scarfs into your shirt as an extra layer!
- A basket or container: By simply exercising a little creative knot tying, you are able to use your shemagh as a container to forage for food, collect tools like rocks and sticks, pot holder, and anything else that would be otherwise awkward to carry.
- A washing tool: From cleaning your other tools, dishes, your own body and more. A shemagh is a perfect dishcloth, wash rag and in a pinch can even be used as toilet paper.
- A weapon: If you are in a situation where you are weaponless and in need of protection, a tactical scarf makes an easy sling in order to launch rocks and other debris at an opponent.
- First aid: In a pinch, a shemagh can be used as a tourniquet or a sling for a broken or wounded limb.
- A marker or flag: Tactical scarves can be used to mark a trail or as a flag to alert people of your presence.
- Bedding: As previously mentioned, a shemagh has enough fabric that it makes a reasonable blanket on a cold evening. It can also be rolled up to serve as a pillow or other padding.
- Water filtration: Now don’t get the wrong idea, you need to boil your water or use a reverse-osmosis water filter. If your shemagh is made from 100% cotton or other natural fibers, the scarf can be folded multiple times and then used to create a thick filter. This will help filter out larger macroscopic debris.
- Fashion: Although not a tactical advantage in a survivalist perspective, it is worth mentioning that Shemagh scarves are a very popular fashion accessory used by both sexes.
Shemagh tactical scarves can be purchased online at amazon.com in a variety of color and pattern options. If the purpose of your tactical scarf purchase is to travel to a foreign country, please educate yourself on the local customs and color meanings so as not to offend or give the wrong message to the local inhabitants of the area.
Once you have chosen and received your scarf, a simple search will provide many highly informative YouTube videos on the various ways to tie your new tactical tool for the ultimate versatility it can provide.