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How To Wear A Buff Headwear – It’s Easy!

By |March 11th, 2016|


Buff Headwear is an extremely versatile product that we recommend every traveler carry with them on their travels. How to wear a Buff you ask? Never fear, we’re going to take a look at the many ways to wear a Buff.

First things first, you may ask what is a Buff Headwear ? A Buff Headwear is a tubular bandanna that has way more features then a plain bandanna or simple headband. They come in many different materials and a wide variety of colors. We are crazy about these and often find ourselves wearing our Buffs when hiking and traveling all the time. As a result, we carry a variety of fabrics and designs with us at all times.

How to Wear a Buff Headwear

How to wear a Buff

How To Wear Buff Headwear – Our Favorites

We both love the versatility that comes with wearing a Buff. There are many ways to wear a Buff and we want to share our favorites with you. While they can be worn in many ways, these our our tried and true favorite way to wear a buff. How to wear a buff does not have to be complicated.

Headband – This is one of Lina’s favorite ways to wear a Buff Headwear. She often folds it up into a 3-4 inch headband and wears it over her ears. Other times she wears it like a conventional headband to tame her wild hair.  This keeps out the dust, wind and sweat when you’re exposed to the elements during your travels. If you look through our photos, you’ll see Lina wearing her Buff like this a lot. (see below on safari in Africa!) Buff Headwear even gets a top rating over on Runnerclick compared to other headbands.

How to wear a buff Divergent Travelers World Photography Tours

 Neckerchief or Neck Gaiter – This is one of my favorite ways to wear a Buff Headwear. I like being able to just throw it over my head and around my neck in a quick fashion. It blocks the wind from my neck and also soaks up sweat it hotter climates.

Balaclava – This particular way to wear a Buff came in handy for us on our recent travels through Africa and the Middle East. Lina was able to use it to cover up in busy market places as needed. We also used the balaclava to keep thick dust out of our ears, nose and mouths during dusty drive days in our overland truck during our 17 week trip through Africa.

How to wear a buff balaclava

Do Rag – Another of my favorites, I like to wear my Buff this way when it is too hot wear a ball cap but I want to keep the sun off my head. The lightweight UV Buffs are really great for this.

Wristband – Surprisingly, I love wearing my buff like this. Lina hates it, but for me, I find it keeps the sweat from trickling off my wrist onto the hand. This makes handling my video camera equipment easier when I’m hiking and trekking. It is also really easy for me to wipe down my camera or my brow when it gets dusty on the trail.

Obviously there are many ways to wear a Buff, these are just some of our favorites.

How to wear a Buff Headwear

Wearing our Buffs while Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

What Buff Material Do We Carry?

One thing I am sure you have noticed is that Buff Headwear comes in a variety of materials, shapes and designs. While the UV tubular original is the most marketed, we have branched off to try a couple other varieties as well. The great thing is that with most Buff Headwear, despite the material, you have several ways to wear a Buff still.

Merino Wool – We each have a Merino Wool Buff.  Merino wool is mostly used in high-end, performance athletic wear used by people like you and me. It is commonly utilized for hiking, running, cycling , backpacking and any other outdoor activities that command a performance different from any other fabrics.

Merino is above all other fabrics at regulating body temperature. The wool provides some warmth, without overheating the wearer. It draws all moisture away from the skin by wicking. So this Buff serves its purpose when we are hiking in elevation or in jungles with intense humidity.

How to Wear a Buff Oasis Overland The Beach

UV Polyester Blend – We are currently carrying two UV buffs. These are made of a lighter microfiber polyester that is perfect for use in hot climates. They have built in UV protection and are able to be purchased in the full length tubular, half tube and headband styles.  We carry 2 full length tubular and 1 headband styles.

Insect Shield – These Buffs are infused with an insect repellent that is said to last for up to 70 washes. The Insect Shield Buff is touted to repel mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-um). This one we got on sale and since the bugs think Lina is a candy bar, I figured it can’t hurt to carry it along. She ended up wearing this one a lot in Africa to keep the mosquitoes at bay and it worked well.

How To Wear A Buff Headwear

There are Many Ways To Wear a Buff

The main reason we carry these is because they are versatile. They can be worn twelve different ways which makes them ideal for any situation we may find ourselves in while on the road.  You really can’t go wrong. Keep your eyes open for photos of us in our Buffs while we explore the World.

Looking for your own multi-purpose travel companion? There are many Buff Headwear options to choose from. Below are some great options for Men and Women. DO NOT BE FOOLED BY BUFF LOOK-A-LIKES! They are not the same.

Buff National Geographic Headband, Parrot

Blue Ink Merino Wool 3/4 Buff

Buff® Smith (Buff) One Size
BuffHeadwear Knit Headband-Yssik Dark Navy
Buff Infinity Scarf Organic Cotton Viridian Shibori Seamless Sport Headwear
Buff Women’s UV Stretch Headband Buff O/S, Orm
BUFF UV Multifunctional Headwear, Bluebiscus, One Size
Buff Headwear, Buff Black, One Size
BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear, Earl Grey, One Size
BUFF Original Multifunctional Headwear, Sinister, One Size
Buff Adult UV Headwear, Santana Navy, One Size
Buff UV Headband Headwear – Henna
Buff (Original Buff) AW14-15
Buff Adult UV Half Headwear One Size Plumeria

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  1. Arda van Kuyk August 10, 2017 at 11:40 PM - Reply

    have you ever seen buffs with girl guiding logo on them??? been looking and looking….. any thoughts

    • Lina Stock August 12, 2017 at 6:29 PM - Reply

      Hi, no I haven’t but I know that you can place custom orders directly with Buff if it as something you wanted to have made. But they do require a certain quantity as a bulk order for that. Hope that helps!

  2. Kim April 18, 2016 at 4:46 AM - Reply

    Love this! My husband bought one on one of our journeys but just can’t get used to wearing it…maybe this will give him just the inspiration he needs ? Thanks guys!

    • Lina Stock May 5, 2016 at 2:41 PM - Reply

      WE love ours! Don’t leave home or travel without them.

  3. Dariece @GoatsOnTheRoad November 13, 2013 at 11:44 AM - Reply

    Hey guys!
    Great post. It’s nice to share what’s in your backpack (or on your head) with readers. Unfortunately, I’ve tried out the Buff and look like a total idiot!! haha. The style just isn’t for me. I use just a regular bandana or an actual scarf.

    Thanks for the post 🙂

    • Lina November 13, 2013 at 12:45 PM - Reply

      Thanks for stopping over! That’s a bummer that the Buff didn’t work for you! I’m a bandana person myself, but when I discovered the Buff I was just in love. 🙂 LOL Won’t go anywhere without one now. I do like a traditional scarf still though, so I’ll have that in the pack too!

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