The following is a list of uses for a bandana from my own personal uses, experiences and suggestions. I am absolutely convinced of the value that a bandana brings as a practical addition to one’s daily wear and/or personal survival kit.
Particularly during the non-winter months, I am nearly always wearing a bandana on my head for its absorbent properties to keep my eyes and glasses clear while I work.
The best bandana is made of 100% cotton for its absorptive properties and other reasons.
Keep the sweat off your forehead.
Keep your head shaded/covered/cooler from the sun.
Protect your neck from sunburn (or the top of your head if you’re bald or short hair cut).
Tie it as a nose and mouth filter during dusty/dirty environments.
Camouflage your face.
Clean your glasses with it.
Wipe your face and neck from dirt/sweat.
Tie things together.
Use as a 1st stage water filter strainer for sediments.
Strain anything… pasta, etc.
To hold and collect small objects/things.
Use as a marker/flag.
Weaponized bandana… fill with rocks, tie into bundle, throw/sling/wield/etc.
Temporary wound dressing (better than nothing).
Kindling/fire-starter material, or ash cloth.
Use it for a potentially better grip on something.
Grip a hot pan handle with it.
A cleaning rag for dishes or whatever.
A tourniquet (with a stick).
A small pillow if you fill it with leaves or such.
I could continue with more uses, and I hope you consider adding bandannas to your preps, but I’m curious to know what are some of your ideas for uses of a bandana?