In every bug out bag there are items inside that we feel will be the most necessary for staying alive. These items range from food and tools to weapons and first-aid kits. While all of these items are extremely useful there are some items that tend to get overlooked. There are some simple and inexpensive items that can be just as essential as anything else in your bug-out bag.
One of these items is -surprisingly enough- Zip ties! These may seem like a far-fetched idea to some but they have several fantastic survival uses. In some of the biggest emergencies, zip ties have been able to successfully assist many survivalists.
Zip ties don't just have to be used in a bug-out bag either. This item can be packed in your gear when you are hiking, out fishing, or going camping. Because most zip ties are made of plastic, they are relatively cheap and won't break the bank if bought in bulk. Along with this, zip ties don't require much space in any equipment bag.
Zip ties come in a variety of colors as well, such as black and multi-colored. The black zip ties are said to be the better of the two. But, having one kind, if not both, will work ideally. They also come in a variety of sizes, so having a small variety in your bug-out bag might make life a little simpler, especially in a survival situation.
Here are some very good reasons to include large and small plastic ties in your kit:
Use for Restraining People:
If you need to restrain someone simply tie their hands and feet with zip ties. They will not be able to escape. They work like plastic cuffs.
Repair Bag Handles:
When you are about to get out the door to take a flight and the handle breaks you have no time to pack your clothes in another bag. Simply tie a zip tie to your bag to save the day.
Use as Shoe Laces:
If you are hiking in the mountainside and your laces break, a small zip tie will work like a lifesaver. You can protect your feet from bruises and blisters. Secure the shoes in their stead and continue with the journey with confidence.
Tie on Snow Boots for Improved Traction:
Sleet and snow can be dangerous to walk on and it is easy to slip if the shoes do not have ample traction. Tie a few zip ties around the boots to prevent a slip and fall situation.
If you get a fracture on your arm or leg get wooden sticks or tubes and to tie it on the fracture site with zip ties. The stick or tube you tie up has to be straight and long and goes on both sides of the fracture.
Use as Tourniquet:
When you get injured and the wound keeps bleeding a little pressure from the zip ties can help stop it. Get a large zip tie and tie it where the blood flow needs to be cut off from.
Build your own Shelter:
Ties work better than ropes and you can tie up fabrics, canvas, or sheets together to create a shelter. Choose the sturdier ties in black color for the purpose.
Hang Objects from Shelter Roof:
Even in windy conditions, the zip ties will not let you down. You can ties up items you want to hang from the roof with zip ties.
Zip ties make great Snares:
If you want to make a snare forget rope, instead, use a zip tie to make a snare and tie it up to whatever you need to by using more zip ties.
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These are just a few of the many ways in which zip ties can be used during a survival situation. With cheap items such as these, it's good to stay creative when thinking of various ways in which we can utilize them. And, what works for some people might not work as well for others so trying out different uses will prepare you for SHTF, and at the same time save you some money. Something as creative as making a tourniquet out of a zip tie is something not everyone might think about, but everyone SHOULD be thinking about when considering what to add to their bug-out bags. We hope you found this article as useful as we did.
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