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Your imagination is the key to survive an emergency situation. It doesn’t matter if you’re stranded in the woods or in the concrete jungle. Putting your mind to good use and using the items you have can save the day. Having a few simple zip-ties in your bag is recommended as these simple pieces of gear have multiple uses.
Since zip-ties come in a variety of sizes, lengths and widths, there is no limit to what you can do with them. Not to mention that they are quite strong, reliable and rarely ever break. Even more, there are specific zip-ties that are designed for specialized application. Some can withstand extreme temperatures while others can hold heavy loads, suspended securely. Once you put a zip-tie in place, it stays there forever.
The common zip-ties you can find at any general store are made from polyamide nylon. They are coated with paint which provides resistance from the sun. There are even various zip-tie brand that can withstand an open flame.
The possibilities to use zip-ties in an emergency situation are endless and it all depends on the situation you find yourself in and your ability to improvise. You can do lots of things with them, from the ordinary like lashing a bundle of sticks together to the extraordinary like using them as a tourniquet.
Here is how I’ve used them over the years under various circumstances:
Last year, I was able to use them as improvised crampons and get some extra gripping for the inappropriate shoes I was wearing. The sidewalk was icy and I had to attach three cable ties around my boots. They did a good job and it really works if you remember to place the tying end underneath the outsole. If you need to use your bike during the cold season you can take a bunch of zip-ties and wrap them around your tire and frame to improve traction.
Read about the other ingenious zip-ties uses in the article below: