Tricks of the Trade: The Original Multi-tool
- Handkerchief (if you get stuck out in cold weather your nose will run like a faucet!)
- General purpose rag
- Hand Towel
- Emergency toilet paper
- Neck or Face scarf
- Bandage/Ace Bandage
- Patching material for torn clothing or backpacks
- Strainer for silty water
- Protection while grabbing hot pot handles
- Dish rag
- Bandanna (who would have thought?!)
A typical cotton bandanna only weighs an ounce, so for a small amount of weight, you get a lot of function. If you need to clean and re-use it, just rinse it in a stream, lake or river. To sterilize it or to remove grease, boil it in water for a couple of minutes and you’re ready to go.
Also, carry your bandanna in a zip lock bag or other waterproof container to keep it dry until needed.