Survival Straps – Five Surprising Uses
A lot of “weekend survivalists” might have never even heard of survival straps, and to be sure, they don’t look like much. A rather ordinary, if stylish and colorful bracelet worn by outdoorsmen, it’s an easy thing to dismiss. An easy thing to overlook, but then, that’s true of so many absolutely essential pieces of survival gear, isn’t it?
The reality is that survival straps (and by all means, if you’re going to wear one, wear two or more!) can really save your bacon in a pinch! They’re extremely useful and versatile, and at the end of the day, that’s what we want from our survival gear, right? A piece of equipment we can use in a variety of different ways, depending on the specific circumstance we find ourselves in, and since that’s true, sit back, relax, and read about five creative ways to put your survival straps to work for you!
1) A TripwireAre you being pursued by someone you’d rather not be? If so, pull far enough ahead, and use part of one of your trusty survival straps to set up a nasty surprise for the person following you. Done correctly, you can end the pursuit entire.
2) Makeshift Hand or Leg CuffsBuilding on the first item, perhaps your tripwire wasn’t intended to stop the pursuit but to temporarily incapacitate and capture. If so, your trusty survival straps are more than strong enough to tightly bind a captive’s hands and feet until you can get the miscreant to the local authorities. Or…not. Just tie him up and leave him to work it out. Buys you plenty of time to make a clean getaway!
3) Make a Sling or SplintIf you’ve been injured, you can use your strap to create a makeshift sling or splint to protect your injury until you can get back to civilization and have it tended to properly.
4) TourniquetIn a similar vein, if you’ve suffered a deep wound and are at risk of severe blood loss, the strap can be use to create a passable tourniquet until you can get to a place where proper medical treatment can be found.
5) ShelterFinally, disassembling a strap will give you sufficient raw materials to tie together enough branches to make a simple shelter. If you’ve got one or more of these, there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t build a respectable shelter to pass the night in.
If there’s one “trick” to survival and preparedness, it is simply this: Find ways to take even the smallest advantage and magnify it. Survival straps are cheap. They’re easy to come by. They’re an innocuous little thing sitting on your wrist that most people wouldn’t even give a second look, but in the hands of someone with survival training, that little, overlooked bracelet on your wrist can become a lifeline in a variety of different ways. It can serve to protect and heal. It can serve to shelter, and it can be used as a weapon, as outlined above.
Learn how to make the most out of every tool, advantage, and bit of technology you have access to. That’s how you survive, and ultimately, how you thrive in an uncertain world.