Friday, November 4, 2011

Simple Survival Solutions - The Cordage Substitute

When it comes down to your survival, it’s always good to keep things simple. Many times we fail to realize the worth of simple items that can make things easier and less complicated. There is a very simple solution if you find yourself needing a substitute for cordage. This item is compact, lightweight, inexpensive and comes in a variety of sizes and colors.  Many times using this item can solve your problems if you find yourself needing a substitute for cordage.

Zip ties are one of those unique little items that can solve a lot of problems. If you lack decent knot tying skills, a zip tie will quickly make up for this deficiency in your skills. Perhaps you’re a senior citizen type like myself and sometimes have difficulty tying knots especially if the arthritis has been acting up lately. Using a zip tie instead will make up for any loss of manual dexterity you may experience. They also work great if you find yourself in a situation where you may not have the use of both hands due to an injury but still need to secure part of your gear.  

As far as a multi-use item is concerned, zip ties have a lot of possible uses. They can be used as a substitute for cordage, as an emergency tourniquet, to lash tent poles together, make expedient tent repairs, as a substitute for a D-ring to attach gear to your pack or to make a simple zipper pull.

They can even be used to lash a survival pouch to your hiking stick.

Need to put a little “zip” in your survival kit?

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Anonymous said...

On a rimfire specific gun forum I visit, I saw one individual use a zip tie as a trigger stop. I kkep a small package of various size zips in my car, they do come in handy.

jambaloney said...

i have them everywhere - every toolkit etc - indispensable as duct tape!

Josh said...

Great idea; I’ve got some of these in the trunk of my car just in case I happen to need them for something, but I’ve never given much thought to them. I can definitely see the use for them as a substitute for cordage for a permanent application where you won’t need to untie it and don’t want to waste precious 550 cord.

riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 11:03

That's a pretty innovative use for a zip tie and yes they are indeed handy to have around.

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: jambaloney

Same here. Got lots of them in different places...just glad they're small or I'd be tripping over them for sure.



riverwalker said...

To: Josh

While they may not work in all cases as a substitute for cordage, they can fill in for cordage in a lot of instances.

Yep, saves that cord for more important uses...

Thanks Josh.


Patricia said...

Hmmmm. Never thought of that one. Great idea!

riverwalker said...

To: Patricia

They can come in very handy for a variety of uses.



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