You may not know the survival and first aid reason behind the cravat bandana that boy scouts wear around their necks. The cravat triangular bandage is a versatile and useful first aid and survival tool. Read on to find out why.
Don’t get stuck in a rut of using your first aid supplies for only their initial intended purpose. You can create a lot of space in your first aid kit by adding multi-use items.
Unleash your first aid and survival creativity and come up with more ways to use the items in your kit.
There are many ways to use a triangular bandage, I’ve found 20, even though number 20 is my OCD side trying to find a 20th reason because things must be rounded off in life. It’s tough being me.
FIRST AID USES FOR A TRIANGULAR BANDAGE:
1. Sling: Let’s start with the obvious.
2. Shoulder injuries.
3. Tying a splint.
4. Tourniquet: if you don’t have one in your first aid kit, your triangular bandage can do a good enough job of becoming a tourniquet.
5. Extra Trauma pad: If you need extra firepower when bleeding is heavy.
6. Secure pressure dressing.
7. Sprained ankle.
8. Treating burns.
9. Support an injury to a bone or joint.
10. Secure arms and legs when moving a patient.
11. Stabilizing an impaled object. (Ouch!)
12. Immobilize a fractured jaw.
13. Elevate a limb.
SURVIVAL USES FOR A TRIANGULAR BANDAGE:
14. Dust bandana.
15. Firestarter (for when you've run out of other fuel).
16. Pre-filtering water (Get rid of bigger pieces of debris).
17. Face mask.
18. Extra ties if you run out of paracord.
19. Bag for belongings (This makes me think of those cartoons and old movies where the little kid decides to leave home and all his belongings are in a triangular bandana attached to the end of a stick - do you remember those?)
And todays parting shot...
20. Making your cat look cool.