Saturday, August 6, 2011

Simple Survival Tips - Safety Pins for Survival

Survival gear doesn’t have to be expensive and you don’t even have to make your own when it comes simple items that are invaluable for your survival. Safety pins are available in numerous sizes and at a very low cost. They are a simple piece of survival gear that can serve a multitude of purposes.

One of the most disastrous things that can occur in a survival situation is the loss of your gear. If you are dependent on a piece of gear, you will want to keep it secure. Keeping it secure can be as easy as using a safety pin.

Safety pins are a lightweight and compact piece of gear that makes it very easy to secure your gear. The amazing thing is that they can serve other purposes as the need arises. They can be used to dig out a splinter, as an emergency toothpick, as an improvised fishing hook or to secure a bandage on an injury or as clothes pin to secure items drying on a line. Fasten one or two to your bandanna and you’ve really got a multi-use piece of gear that fits easily in your pocket. Safety pins have almost as many uses as a bandanna. Although they don’t work too well when trying to filter water.

Safety pins are also easy to carry. Clip one or two to your hat, use as a replacement for a zipper pull that is broken on a gear bag or just place a couple in your pocket first aid kit. They add minimal weight but can be of vital use in a survival situation. 

They come in a wide variety of sizes that can also help solve problems with manual dexterity. You can get safety pins that are almost monstrous in their proportions that can be easily opened and closed by persons with limited dexterity. The eyelets on some of the larger safety pins are also large enough to accommodate a strand of paracord. If it’s big enough, the simple safety pin could also be used as very sharp pointy object for defensive purposes as well.

Compact and lightweight items are always a great addition to any Personal Survival Kit and a couple of safety pins should always be included in your kit to give it added versatility.

Got safety pin for survival?

Staying above the water line!



millenniumfly said...

Although I don't make a habit of carrying safety pins on my person, you certainly make a good argument for doing so. Regardless, safety pins are certainly one of those items that can be easily overlooked yet are so useful. Thanks for reminding us.

Unknown said...

My brother caught his first trot at the age of 5 with a stick and string witha safty pin tied on the end. Now he is 80 and has bee "hooked" ever since he caught that first fish on a safty pin.

Anonymous said...

Great post Riverwalker. I also keep a couple of the humongous 'horse blanket' sized pins as well (4"), great for securing blankets or heavier materials. I was able to make a 'bag' from a canvas tarp with these.

Home on the Range said...

I have a little "mini" sewing kit with my gear. Safety Pins, needle, thread". Great idea!

riverwalker said...

To: milleniumfly

You're welcome. When there is a small and compact item available that I can use for a variety of purposes, it doesn't hurt to keep a few handy.



riverwalker said...


Great story! Thanks for sharing.

They do make an excellent improvised fishing hook in a pinch.

Thanks MEB.


riverwalker said...

To: anonymous 1:26

Got some of those big ones fact most of the smaller ones in Texas are pretty big already. lol

Thanks anon.


riverwalker said...

To: Brigid

You will probably want to add some of the larger ones to your kit. A couple of the big ones can be used to easily repair a gear strap that has broken. They can also be used to secure a strap if it has a tendency to pull through the buckle.

They also make an excellent security device for the zipper on your tent. Just pin the zipper handle to the fabric (on the inside of the tent of course) and that way it can't be opened you without being aware of it. This is also helpful if you want a little privacy.

Thanks Brigid.


BTW, if you have a cure for a dog with a shoe fetish give me a shout.
The Glock Lady (my daughter) has a dog with a real problem when it comes to shoes.

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