In use ever since World War I, bungee cord has become one of the most useful inventions of the past century.
An elastic cord that comes in a variety of colors and sizes and is made out of strands that are woven in either cotton or polypropylene, bungee cords are used in all areas of life, such as by professional moving companies, law enforcement officers and the military.
It’s safe to say that bungee cord has become a tool of our lives that we take for granted, but it’s also a very valuable item to keep in a survival kit and should be appreciated for the variety of services it provides.
Here are a handful of survival uses for bungee cord:
1. Bag or Backpack Strap
Survival will become more of a burden if a strap on a bag or backpack tears or breaks. But if you have bungee cord, it should work just as well. Similarly, you can also attach smaller bags to one big backpack using bungee cords.
You read that right, you can use bungee cord as a makeshift belt. Having a belt in survival allows you to carry items such as a knife, a hatchet or a handgun for quick access.
An alternative to a belt would be using two bungee cords to make a pair of suspenders.
3. Bundling Items
Sleeping bags, blankets, survival gear, you name it. Anything can be rolled up and securely bundled together with the aid of bungee cord. Bundled items will make cross country travel significantly more efficient.
Since bungee cords are technically resistance bands, they can work well for exercise while lost in the outdoors.
Fish are an excellent source of protein in the wilderness, but only if you can catch them. A thin, shorter length of bungee cord with bait on one end of it won’t be the same thing as a true fishing line, but it can work.
6. Magazine Retention
Many tactical vests and chest rigs utilize retaining cords designed to keep rifle and pistol magazines in place. If any of these become damaged, bungee cord is a superb alternative.
Setting up your shelter will be made a mile and a half easier with the aid of bungee cords. The cords will help support the shelter and keep the wooden poles upright. You can also stretch a cord between two trees and then place a tarp over it, or lay branches on either side of it for a lean-to.
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