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Monday, November 14, 2011

Simple Survival Solutions - The Cordage Substitute

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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?


Staying above the water line!


Riverwalker