The Shemagh is a length of material that is wrapped around the head, commonly worn by Arabic or middle eastern desert dwellers to protect from the sun and sand.  Pronounced “Schmog”.  Also known as a Keffiyeh or Ghutrah - wikipedia.  It has been adopted by military forces all over the world as a standard issue garment because of its sheer functionality.  For an outdoors-man, survivalist or bushcrafter, the Shemagh can be a multi-use tool with literally 100′s of uses.  

I live in a desert that can dip below freezing at night and peak over 100 degrees the very next day.  I have found the Shemagh to be invaluable in both climates to regulate temperature and protect from both extreme exposures. Some of the pictures are from Willow Creek Outdoors, great survival site!  I've included a short list of other examples and uses on the last step.

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Step 1: Fold

Lay the shemagh out flat in front of you. Fold the shemagh in half corner to corner so that a large triangle is formed.

<p>Dear Reader,</p><p>My name is Wesley Gorton. I am an enthusiast hiker, prepper and survivalist.</p><p>I truly believe that the Shemagh is the ultimate everyday carrying survival tool and is a must have for any hiker, bushman, survivalist, pilot, armed forces personnel or police official.</p><p>&ldquo;Shemagh: The Ultimate Survival Tool And Survival Techniques&rdquo; By Wesley Gorton, was created to open your mind to the possibilities of thinking outside the box. It was written so that you may create, find or catch anything you need to survive any worst case scenarios solely with the knowledge from this book and a Shemagh.</p><p>The Shemagh can be used to keep you either warm or cold; to provide basic protection from all the elements. It is also instrumental in gathering, collecting and purifying water, for hunting, carrying and cooking food, creating traps, as well as for fashioning tools and weapons.</p><p>Additionally it can be used to start a fire and is potentially vital in medical emergencies: creating slings, arm and leg splints, sewing up wounds, as a tourniquet or pressure bandage and even for stretchers). It can be used in the creation of shelters, for self-defence and can be utilised as a signalling tool for rescue.</p><p>Unlike other survival tools, (such as a knife) one of the most appealing things about the Shemagh is that it is not illegal to carry it, in fact it can be worn anywhere at any time. For this reason, it is one of the most versatile survival tools you could ever have.</p><p>I have covered a virtually limitless number of uses for the Shemagh in survival situations by thinking outside the box and creating or finding whatever you may need in survival situation. I have also provided invaluable information that may be critical in surviving difficult and treacherous situations.</p><p>In regards to the Shemagh however, the Hitchhiker&rsquo;s Guide to The Galaxy said it best: &ldquo;The only thing you will ever need to survive anything the universe throws at you is a towel,&rdquo; aka a Shemagh.</p><p>I hope you find this book useful in many ways, but above all remember you must have the will and conviction to do whatever it takes to survive.</p><p>Kind Regards</p><p>Wesley Gorton</p>
<p>Hell yeah! No face sunburns now!</p>
<p>very nice, i would also say to put on the added uses that it can be used for paintball, that's what i use it for. Thanks :)</p>
Thanks for this post.
<p>i like to play airsoft with my shemagh and i am pretty camoed</p>
Unless you are Creek from Willow Haven Outdoors, you should give credit where credit is due.
Good point, thanks. Updated
<p>I think you meant to give credit to <a href="http://willowhavenoutdoor.com" rel="nofollow">Willow Haven Outdoor</a>. And thank you for for the instructions. Very helpful.</p>
Thanks. i did: Introduction, second paragraph.
What are the best dimensions?
The smaller ones are harder to tie, especially if you have a big head like me :)
<p>try folding a smaller one off-center, so that you have one big triangle and one smaller one. This gives you the fold plus the distance to the two corners, which is, of course, a little longer than a symmetrical fold.</p>
can you use it with a normal scarf?
<p>yes i got it ..! thanks for share</p>
<p>Excellent tutorial, and thanks for the extra tips!</p>
I used it as a fly swatter.. Just like popping a towel in the gym shower.. but it has less friction and a real good n loud crack. Just remember which end got the fly guts on it.
Double doors...
The &quot;keeping cool&quot; actually works great with the fluffy gaze-like shemaghs. Fold and twist it into a saussage that sucks up water like a sponge and keeps your neck cool forever. Thanks for the tip! <br> <br>(I hope nobody has tried out the &quot;weapon&quot; example yet!)
Nice job! I usually just wear my shemagh around my neck and mouth in the winter. But, next time we have a snow storm I'm going to give this full head wrap style a try. Thanks!
if you keep them wet is stops heat stroke
Not something I plan to go out and do any time soon, but you did a fantastic job, especially with the photos.
This is great. I think the finished picture of you with it all tied on would make for an even more compelling intro image. I never knew how to do this!

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