Cable Ties a Great Survival Tool

Cable ties used to repair water hose on car

There is an easy simple to use item that everyone needs to have at home, in their car and bug out bag.  Plastic cable ties are made in varies sizes from about 4 inches to 36 inches.  The most practical is 8 – 18 inches.  They are manufactured for single and multiple uses.  The reusable ones are fairly new and I have not personally used them.  The older single use ones have been part of my preps for many years.

They can be used to hold poles together for shelters

I have used them to repair my car, make outdoor shelters, build a drying rack,  and secure prisoners, (I used to work in law enforcement).  They can be used to hold a splint in place, repair a backpack or holding your clothes together.  There uses are only limited by your imagination.  They are inexpensive and available at any hardware store.  Just pull the lose end through the clip and tighten.

Cable ties used to secure prisoners

I recommend that you buy a pack and experiment with them.



This entry was posted in Seventy-two hour kits, survival, tools and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Cable Ties a Great Survival Tool

  1. JRntEwing says:

    Buy only the BLACK zip ties for long term use or storage. The white, and colored ones, do not stand up very well to sunlight (UV). Neither does black, but it’s a little better. The multiple-use ones are okay for light duty or temporary usage but I’ve found it just as easy to cut the old ones and put on a new one, as long as a plentiful supply is available.

  2. A veteran who is preparing says:

    When using cable ties as handcuffs, use 2 of them. Loop them together already started so all you have to do is put them over the prisoners hands. Having the hands in different cuffs secured together decreases the chances of them weaseling their hands free by friction.

  3. caryn verell says:

    i have kept a large stash of cable ties in the house, under the sink, in the potting shed, in the camping gear, in the orchard, and yeah just about everywhere. i have even used a cable tie to put my hair up in a ponytail. i buy the big canisters of them that include various sizes and colors..along side of my canisters of cable ties i keep a large roll of duct tape and a hammer/screwdriver.

  4. SLHaynes says:

    I used two cable ties to repair the shoulder buckle on my EDC bag. See the photos here:

  5. Jason says:

    I just read the other day about zip ties over at ITS tactical. It’s worth watching in case you ever get tied up with them. And if you have to tie someone up use two as “a veteran who is prepping” suggested.


  6. SurviVal says:

    Such a simple item with a thousand practical uses. Light, easy to store in pack or car and yet its versatility would go unnoticed by many in the sudden panic of an emergency. That shows not only how many ways there are to use cable ties but also how important is mind-set and the ability to see common items as survival tools.

  7. Amy Nelco says:

    The best cable ties are industrial strength plastic and are American made. The ones that come from China and parts east can be really cheesy. A good place to find them is

  8. Jason Monroe says:

    Speaking of creative uses, I just recently used 2 zip ties to secure a basketball net onto the rim of our basketball goal. The little metal hooks that hold the net had finally broken from rust and the zip ties fixed it quick. I agree with Amy about buying American, another good USA company is BuyCableTies.

  9. ke4sky says:

    For outdoor, long-term applications, stainless steel cable ties are available at Home Depot.
    I have used these to repair broken auto muffler or tail-pipe hangers and to secure gear exposed to direct sunlight or seawater salt spray with good results. They are a bit expensive, but having a few in your emergency car kit makes good sense.

  10. Get Effective Stainless Steel Cable Ties says:

    It was interesting to know the different uses of cable ties. I liked very much to read your blog. Thanks for the amazing post.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *