Survival Tee Shirt




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A Survival Tee Shirt (STS) is a must have in your BOB, 72 Hour Bag, when Back Packing, Camping and stashed in your vehicle. This is one multipurpose piece of equipment. It is more than just a piece of clothing, other applications are as a Covering, Medical, Travel and Filtering/Cooking.

What is special with this tee shirt to elevate its status to a survival designation? That is a good question. The answer will become more clear throughout this instructable. First let’s choose the best tee shirt. Look for one that is roomy, has long sleeves and is light in color.

Up Next Choosing the Survival Tee Shirt

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Step 1: The Tee Shirt

XL or XXL Long Sleeve Tee Shirt

XL or XXL. Choose a size 1 to 2 times bigger than you. The reason for a larger size, it is easy to wear over other clothing, loose fit when wearing in the heat or cold.

LongSleeves are more versatile than short sleeves. Long sleeves are handy when the weather turns cool or cold, to keep your wrists and hands covered. You can roll the sleeves up or down 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 even up to the shoulder, that is not something you can do with short sleeves. Long sleeves tie nice when making a Bag or Sling.

Light Color to reduce solar absorption. This is beneficial when covering your face and head and body.

Up Next STS Head Covering

Step 2: Head Covering

Protect against Sun, Cold and Dust. This can be worn over the head or as an extra layer over the body.

1) From inside the STS place your face at the opening of the neck, not through it.
2) Take the sleeves and pull them back around your head.
3) The opening of the neck will fold up over your mouth and nose.
4) Tie the sleeves behind your head with a square knot.
5) Drape the remaining shirt over your shoulders.

Up Next STS Sling

Step 3: Medical

Can be used as a Sling or cut up for Bandage Wraps.

1) Fold your STS vertical so the sleeves line up.
2) Tie the sleeves in a square knot.
3) Take the bottom corners and tie them together in a double square knot.
4) Place the STS Sling over the head of the injured person and slide in the arm.

For Bandage Wraps

1) Cut 1 - 2 inches from the bottom of the shirt at the waist.
2) Cut the band in half.
3) Tie around the injury.
4) Cut off excess and save for another time.

Your STS is long enough that you still will have plenty left for other uses.

Up Next STS Bag

Step 4: Travel - Bag

This STS Bag can be used vertically or horizontally. Which means you can place items vertically inside the body of the tee shirt, through the neck opening, or horizontally as you did with your arm for the STS Sling.

1) Fold your STS vertical so the sleeves line up.
2) Tie the sleeves in a square knot.
3) Take the bottom corners and tie them together in a double square knot.
4) Place the STS Bag over your head.
5) Place the items inside your STS Bag.

Up Next STS Pillow

Step 5: Travel - Pillow

Your Survival Tee Shirt rolls or folds up nicely to place under you head. Because of the extra large size of your STS you have a thicker or more padded STS Pillow.

Great to use in your car, on the ground when ever you want a padded place to rest you head.

Up Next STS Towel

Step 6: Towel

Your STS Towel is wide and long. This STS is 23 inches wide by 29 inches long also being 2 ply.

You can wet your STS and wrap it around your neck or over your head to cool off.

It will absorb a lot of water and dry quickly in the sun, near your campfire or hanging in the breeze.

Up Next STS Water Filter

Step 7: Water Filter

I dumped a couple of tea bags in to water, let them soak for a few minutes to illustrate how to use your STS Water Filter. This will filter out large debris and small floaties or sediment. Before drinking treat water by boiling or chemical.

1) Place your STS over the opening of the bottle or container.
2) Hold the STS tight with your hand or tie off.
3) Place the bottle into the source water.
4) Squeeze the bottle to remove the air, creating negative pressure inside the bottle.
5) Release the external pressure from the bottle so the water will be pulled inside through the STS Filter restoring equilibrium again.
6) Repeat Steps 4 and 5 until you have enough water.
7) Remove the bottle from the water source and remove the STS Filter.
8) Boil or treat water.
9) Drink, use for cooking or washing.

Up Next Observations and Summary

Step 8: Observations & Summary

The benefits of your STS are:
1) Inexpensive and easy to use.
2) Light weight and does not take up much space.
3) Multiple applications from 1 tee shirt.
4) Essential for Survival and Comfort while away from home.

What are you waiting for? Go and pick up your STS.

I am satisfied with the results.

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    3 years ago

    Over the years I have used everyone of these idea's with articles of clothing. Excellent compilation. In the service we were taught the 1st in your series, but for mosquito protection in tropical environments. You can also use this shirt as a personal floatation device if you find yourself overboard

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you for reviewing and your comments. Good idea about mosquitoes. Wow, a personal flotation device, there is something I did not consider. I will have to try that some how.

    Doc Wyoming

    3 years ago

    Ok, this is both cool and a bit funny. Survival requires being able to find the things around you that you are used to buying/acquiring easily when home.

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    ezmanDoc Wyoming

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you for reviewing and commenting. That is an interesting way of looking at survival.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you for reviewing, commenting and your vote.


    3 years ago

    The tv show "Naked & Afraid" starts with our most basic need: clothing as shelter/protection. People who actually enjoy the show with their families see past the "nudity" & realize it is about base survival. This Instructable is proof that just one piece of clothing can assist a human on many levels of comfort & safety. Great list! Our clothing isn't just for fashion! Thank you for sharing!

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    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you for reviewing and commenting. I just watched the show for the first time last night, it was interesting.
    Clothing is more then fashion, it is a reflection, deflection, inflection of a construct we imagine. Humans are complex by design and it shows up in everything we do.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you for your time to review and comment. It is encouraging to me.


    Reply 3 years ago

    Thank you for reviewing and commenting. Yes, I believe everything one carries should have multiple uses. This STS has 6 other
    uses that I did not include, plus others I did not think of, yet.