You’ve probably seen a shemagh scarf in the movies and never knew what it was called. Anytime there’s a military movie and you see professional private contractor trying to look cool with his automatic rifle, he’ll usually have a white and black scarf around his neck or face. This scarf is a shemagh scarf.
It’s just like a bandanna, but bigger and apparently more ‘macho’… which explains why most preppers loving buying these. Besides just the cool factor, shemaghs have a wide variety of uses that are only limited by your imagination.
When buying a shemagh scarf, all you really need to look out for is the material used and the stitching. The shemagh needs to be strong, yet flexible. The stitching shouldn’t fray easily after repeated use.
If you’re going to get one, you might as well get it from Tapp Collections. Their shemagh is one of the most popular out there, with more than two thousand reviews (mostly positive), and a high rating on Amazon. The product is very affordable and lightweight.
You can easily keep a couple in your bug-out bag. They don’t take up much space and are lightweight.
How do you tie the damn thing?
There are many ways to tie a shemagh scarf. You can easily see all the different ways by searching on YouTube for “tie shemagh”, [instructions are given below] and you’ll have a whole list of videos to watch and follow. Once your shemagh arrives in the mail, it’ll be a good idea to test the different methods out and familiarize yourself with them.
You may be wondering, “Any ideas what I could use one for?”
If you’re in a polluted and dusty environment, you could use it as a mask. Just wrap it around your face. If someone is injured, you could use it as a bandage. What if the injury is a dislocation or fracture? No worries. The shemagh scarf is large enough to be a sling and strong enough to be used to secure a splint to reinforce a bone fracture.
Don’t have a pillow? Just fold it and now you have a makeshift one. The sun is too bright and you’re trying to rest in your tent? Fold the shemagh and place it over your eyes.
Run out of water? Rub your shemagh over the dew of many leaves in the morning and squeeze the cloth until water droplets come out. If you do find some murky water that has sedimentation, you can use the shemagh as a strainer to remove the larger foreign matter.
Now boil the water, wait for it to cool and you can drink it through a LifeStraw if you have one. Or you could use a water purification tablet.
Besides these uses, a shemagh can be used as a towel, flag, fire starter, tourniquet, feminine hygiene, foot wrap, net, pot holder, compress, toilet paper, short rope (rolled up), belt, trail marker and much more.
A shemagh scarf is as versatile as paracord and mylar blankets. Every prepper should own one and if possible, you should get one for each family member too. If you get your shemagh from Tapp Collections, you can rest assured of getting a scarf that is soft, yet durable. It really doesn’t get better than this.
How to tie a Shemagh Scarf in 5 easy steps
Instructions for Wearing a Shemagh Scarf:
[Step 1] Fold the shemagh into a triangle. Wrap it around the back and over the top of your head, with the folded edge across your forehead, making sure that about two-thirds of the material is on your left. The right end ought to be long enough to come to your chest.
[Step 2] Use your left hand to pinch the shemagh about 3 or 4 inches from the folded edge and let the edge hang forward.
[Step 3] Let go of the right end. Using your left hand, hold the edge of the shemagh next to your left cheek and hold it near your left cheekbone. After you do this, use your right hand to pull the left end of the shemagh across your face, over your nose.
[Step 4] Continue to wrap the shemagh around your face and head until you get it back over your left shoulder. Grip the right tail and hold it to keep from pulling the shemagh off your head as you wrap. Work your hands down toward the ends as you wrap.
[Step 5] Pull the shemagh as tight as needed to feel comfortable. At the end of the process, take both ends and, somewhere near your right temple, tie them in a knot. A square knot will secure the shemagh adequately.