Why You Want to Include Safety Straps With Your Survival Gear
When we think of things that will be essential in a survival situation, the last thing that usually comes to mind are survival straps. However, there are a million-and-one different reasons why you would want to have some on hand in the field. Let’s take a look at why these basic items should be one of the first things to include on your list.
The first, and most obvious reason, is that being tethered can help to prevent falls and associated injuries. While chances are pretty slim that most of us will be in danger of falling off of a cliff, slipping while working on a rooftop, falling from a tree or sliding down a slick embankment are more realistic possibilities. It’s also important to remember that we don’t need to fall from great heights in order to receive a traumatic injury either.
While most of us make calculated risks as we engage in various projects, being tethered is one way to eliminate one of the biggest risks altogether. Using a good strap, rope or some decent cordage as a layer of protection may seem like over-kill in many situations, keep in mind that it only takes one misstep or fall to have life-altering consequences. You don’t want to experience those consequences during a survival situation if at all possible.
Another important, yet little-discussed benefit of using some straps or rope is that it allows us to hoist heavy objects with minimal effort. This can be a useful alternative to the exertion needed to lift gear or supplies by hand. Another practical use for lifting in the field involves keeping food off the ground to protect it from opportunistic critters and vermin. Throw the rope over a sturdy tree branch, attach the food on one end and lift. This should keep your supplies out of reach and help to ensure they will still be there when you fetch them later.
A good cargo strap or thick rope can also be used to pull vehicles that are stuck in mud or snow. You can use it to drag an improvised sled full of your gear along the ground, or it can be used as a way to pull someone who is injured to safety. In terms of first aid, a strap or cordage can make for an ideal tourniquet, or you can use it to secure improvised splints together in order to immobilize an injured limb.
These are just a few examples that illustrate the importance of packing a roll of safety or cargo straps, or a length of good rope into your backpacks and bug out bags. Make sure that you add them to your list, and don’t forget to add them as soon as possible to avoid forgetting to bring them along. They don’t add a lot of weight, they take up minimal space, and they will most-definitely make life easier in the field.