How To Tie a Shemagh (also known as Yashmag, Gutrah, Shmag and Keffiyeh)

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The shemagh (pronounced “schmog”) originated in the Middle East to protect the inhabitants from dust and sun. It typically measures around 42″ x 42″. Knowing how to tie a shemagh is a very useful bushcrafting skill.

man with a shemagh covering his face

The shemagh, or tactical scarf, has been adopted by military forces all over the world as a standard issue garment because of its sheer functionality. It’s an easy, convenient, and effortless way to protect yourself from weather conditions.

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That’s why so many people in the middle east are learning about how to tie a shemagh.

4 Ways to Tie a Shemagh

The everyday uses, and uses during a stressful situation, such as a natural disaster, would be invaluable. If any particulates remain in the air following:

  • An earthquake
  • A building collapse
  • A fire

And more, and you do not have a mask (I’d bet you won’t) you will have the face and head protection.
If you find yourself without adequate shelter in the cold, the shemagh could provide additional insulation.

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Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food

Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.

Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.

Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.

Learn How to Make Pemmican

How To Make Pemmican: The Original Survival Food - If you're living through a disaster where you're on your feet a lot and don't have time to cook, one of the best foods you can eat is pemmican. It's packed full of fat and protein and can give you lots of steady energy throughout the day.

People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.

These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.

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