Survival uses of zip ties

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Zip Tie Use #3: Affix gear directly to a bugout bag.
Zip ties can affix easily to your bugout bag to secure the tools
you need most. Ideal for "locking" bugout bags, you can also
use cable ties to affix gear to them. Sometimes you'll want to
use carabiners with your zip ties. In combination, you can
secure an item to the carabiner with a zip tie, and then affix
the carabiner to the molle of the bugout bag. This allows easy
access for instant retrieval. You see, sometimes a carabiner is
too thick for gear that has a clip or no clip at all. In such cases,
you put a zip tie on the clip and secure the gear to the
caribiner. The carabiner then latches onto your bag and makes
for easy retrieval, but would not otherwise work without the
help of the zip tie.

Zip Tie Use #4: Attach gear to a carabiner.
While it's great to affix gear to the bag itself, this can be
inconvenient when you want to quickly retrieve something, like
a two-way radio. That's where Sensible Prepper, in his video
above, shows you how to affix the gear to the carabiner itself.
Now you can remove the radio and it stays in place.

Zip Tie Use #5: Compress gear.
Compress items of clothing in your bugout bag.Rolling clothing
is a way to compress it for travel, but adding zip ties will
secure a hold and offer further compression. Cable ties are also
useful for compressing tarps and will make them easier to grab
and avoid having them unravel at inconvenient times. Roll it
and zip tie it.

Zip Tie Use #6: Security.
You can use a zip tie to deter others from easily getting into
your gear. Affix zip ties as locks on your zippers to make an
anti-tamper deterrent to prevent pick pocketing. The zippers of
your bag, which come together to close each have a hole: just
loop the cable tie through each hole and you will make it more
difficult for someone to snoop in your bag. Mind you that it is
only a deterrent as a makeshift lock. Anyone who wants to get
into your bag need only take a knife to the material.

Zip Tie Use #7. Make a grab handle.
Sensible prepper shows another survival use of a zip tie in his
video above. Learn how to modify a knife with a zip tie. It's
amazing and so easy.

Zip Tie Use #8: First Aid.
You can secure a cloth as a makeshift bandage using zip ties in
a survival situation or even make a splint. A zip tie can provide
many other practical uses in first aid; however, a tourniquet is
not one of them. A zip tie is too thin for making a tourniquet.
Certainly a zip tie can help you apply pressure to a bandage,
but a better use of a zip tie for first aid is to make a splint.

  • Zip tie prepping tip (do NOT use for a tournique): While
    we're happy to list many odd uses of zip ties in this
    article, please don' use a zip tie for making a tourniquet! A
    tourniquet should be soft and pliable. Zip ties could cut
    into the skin. Here's  how to use a tourniquet properly.

Zip Tie Use #9: Strap gear to trees.
With zip ties you can affix just about anything that has a
grommet, handle or a strap.
  • build your emergency shelter.
  • strap lighting in your campsite for pathways.
  • hang out clothes to dry
  • fling a bear-proof container to the trees

Zip Tie Use #10: support gardening, repair fences.
Cable ties are immensely useful in your back yard for gardening
or repair of fences.

  • Tying garden plants to support stakes.
  • Repairing fences and securing gates.

  • NOTE: The Stainless steel cable ties, right are
    antioxidative, anticaustic, uviofast, high temperature
    resistant, cold resistant, high strength and easy to use.
    Once you button up these cable ties, they can't be
    separated! They are very sturdy and won't deteriorate over
    time out doors like the plastic zip ties, making them ideal
    for gardening use.

Zip Tie Use #11: Mark trails.
While ideal for affixing gear to trees or to your bugout bag,
another excellent use of zip ties is for marking trails. During
your journey (as with hunting or foraging), tie colorful zip ties
on branches and foliage to mark your path so you will find
yourself safely back to camp or indicate to search parties that
you are in the vicinity. Obviously, you'll want to avoid this
peculiar use of cable ties if you are avoiding being seen. There
are other, less conspicuous
ways to mark trails using nature.

Zip Tie Use #12: Improvise gaiters, fix boot
A gaiter is a garment worn to cover or protect the ankle and
lower leg. A cable tie can cuff your pant leg to improvise a

  • Cuffing pant legs to avoid chiggers and ticks.  A large
    cable tie can cuff your pants, like a gaiter. If you're on a
    bugout in wild terrain, you'll want to cuff your pant legs to
    avoid skin exposure to grasses and foliage. A zip tie can
    keep chiggers and ticks from climbing up on to your skin.

  • Keep bicycle chains from interfering with your ride.
    Another good reason to cuff your pant legs is to keep your
    pants cuff away from the greasy teeth of your chain ring if
    you have no chain guards.

  • Repair a boot lace. Another survival use of a zip tie is to
    help you repair a boot lace, but think of this: if you had
    rethreaded your boots with paracord you don't need to use
    this survival idea.

  • Make ice cleats. With zip ties you can improvise cleats to
    grip the ice and help get you out of an icy danger.
    Certainly it provides traction!

Zip Tie Use #13: Make your bicycle ride better.
While we mentioned that you can keep the bicycle chain from
interfering with your ride, cable ties have many other
unconventional uses

  • Strap gear to your bike with cable ties. Water bottles,
    bicycle repair equipment, you name it. You'll find a few
    cable ties will secure your gear and minimize the rattling.

Zip Tie Use #14: Lash furniture together.
Another use of zip ties is for lashing furniture together. Use zip
ties to make furniture in the wilderness or to repair chairs
(Check out these
stools lashed together with cable ties.)

The great thing about cable ties is that if they are too long,
you can cut the length. If they’re too short, you can easily
combine them. Here’s how to use cable ties

More stuff that's good to know...

  • Heat and light have an effect on the integrity of your
    cable ties. For long term storage, keep your cable ties in a
    cool, dark space as you would your other preps. Some say
    the best cable ties are the white ones, and that black or
    the other colors aren't as strong in the long run, but that
    theory hasn't been tested. Color can help you camouflage,
    organize, catalog, and design. Have fun with cable ties!

  • Consider also Velcro Cable Ties! If you find yourself with
    a project that you need to secure and then untie, a velcro
    cable tie is the answer because they are reusable. Velcro
    cable ties, like the ones pictured left, offer a space to
    label and they provide a tight fit. It won't be a tamper
    proof device, but certainly offers the flexibility for your

  • Get a Cable Tie Gun Installation Tool or a Tensioning
    tool. Be sure to get a cable tie gun or a cable tie
    tensioning tool and a wire cutter. A cable tie gun, such as
    the one pictured immediate right, neatly fastens and cuts
    in one action. With tensioning tools, like the one also
    pictured right, you must first start the cable tie by hand.
    Get a grip, because with a cable tie tensioning tool, you'll
    need a strong hand to operate comfortably. The Wiss
    cable tie tensioning tool firmly tightens nylon cable ties
    when securing flex duct to take off collars, for example. It
    offers one hand operation and a cut-off lever that trips
    excess strap.

More ways to use Cable Ties...
The conventional use of zip ties is for organizing TV and stereo
cables, which is why they're also referred to as cable ties. Now
you know that zip ties have many more zany and surprising
uses for preppers:

  • Hold your shoes together in absence of shoe laces.
  • Support PVC pipe.
  • Provide tire traction for your vehicle for the snow:
Above, Sensible Prepper shows 19 uses and five tricks using zip ties for

Zip Tie Use #2: Handcuff restraint.
Perhaps the most popular of unconventional uses of zip ties is
as a restraint, but let's be clear: this is an illegal restraint that
you should consider using only in survival times when there is a
world without rule of law.

Having clarified this, cable ties make an excellent improvised
handcuff restraint because they feature strong nylon
construction with self-locking teeth to eliminate loosening. It
takes little room in your pocket to stash a large cable tie, which
is just another reason it's a great item to have as a prepper.
Law enforcement uses cable ties when there are crowds and not
enough metal handcuffs; however, their cable ties are specially
coated in Teflon. To use a cable tie as a handcuff restraint: use
two and loop them together. This will minimize escape

While a popular consideration is using cable ties as a restraint,
it is wise for preppers to learn how to escape from handcuffs.
Here is a quick demonstration:
Survival Uses for Zip Ties
How to use cable ties in prepping and survival

Survive on creativity with zip ties!
Zip ties are an inexpensive survival tool with many practical
prepping uses in a survival situation. Anytime a prepper needs
to bind two or more things together: zip ties provide the
answer! Below is how to use cable ties in prepping and survival

Survival uses of Zip Ties
What can you do with zip ties? If you're a prepper, it turns out
there's a lot! Since 1958 zip ties have helped not just around
the house, but in survival and camping situations, but first

Here are the best survival uses for zip ties...

Zip Tie Use #1: Organize.
Organizing isn't a survival use you say? Truth be told, if you
can't find your survival gear, how are your tools going to help
you survive? Color-coded zip ties are a great way to help you

  • Prepping tip about zip ties: Is it time to replace your zip
    ties? Excess heat and cold may affect zip ties if you put
    them to a stress test. Think about this before storing zip
    ties in the garage where heat and cold fluctuates. Stash
    some inside at room temperature. Refresh your supply and
    know that color also helps them become more resistant to
    weather. Black will resist heat the best.

Lots of preppers have shared insight on creative ways to use a
zip tie for survival, but here's the best of the best from Sensible
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Above is a creative way to use zip ties for tire traction!

There you have it: cable ties really can help you survive a
“Snowpocalypse” and so much more. How will you use cable

Happy endings...
You're a prepper and you know that
duct tape, WD-40 and
SuperGlue can fix just about anything, now you can add zip ties
to the
list of multi-use survival tools to stockpile.

Be sure to stock several packs of zip ties for use in your home,
garage, office, and shop once you know what to do with them.
It helps to have an assortment of colors identify different
groups of wires, cables, or hoses.

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