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. US 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 are ten of them:
- 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 cooler
- As a warm layer – Wear it under a hat or hood for extra warmth in cold weather
- As dust protection – Even if you don’t live in a very sand 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, it’s 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!
You can buy shemaghs on Amazon as well as other online sites.
How to wear?
You can also check out: How to Tie a Military-Style Shemagh/Keffiyeh
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