The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Survival Life
Have you ever thought of other uses for shoelaces? I have always tried to come up with unique methods when it comes to survival ideas. That is why I keep surfing the web for new life hacks and other prepping goals.
Shoelaces: A Very Unlikely Survival Tool
So, instead of purchasing expensive gadgets to increase my chances of survival, I have shifted my focus to using everyday items. One of these items is my shoe laces. Other than keeping my shoe tight and snug, shoe laces can do many wonders I wouldn’t normally think about other than using it as a tourniquet or to tie something with. So here’s what I found out on the wonders my shoe laces can do for me if ever I get caught in a bind.
1. As A Tourniquet
This is the quickest use for a shoelace–to stop someone from bleeding from a wound. It can also be applied in case you get bit by a venomous snake to slow down the spreading of the poison throughout the body. Caveat: Since shoelaces are too narrow to stop nearly all bleeding of the arteries, it may cause nerve and tissue damage.
2. Tarp Or Poncho Shelter
You can use your shoelaces as a substitute for rope or a string to hold your tarp or poncho in place should you need to build a quick shelter. Tie the two shoelaces together and tie it between two trees before hanging your poncho or tarp over the laces. Then you can hold the edges in place with wooden spikes.
3. Bow And Drill Fire Starter
Unlace your boots and make your shoelaces as part of the bow that will rotate the drill. Just another day to keep warm or cook your next meal if you lost your firestarter kit, lighter, or matches.
4. A Lean-To Shelter
When in need of a DIY survival shelter, a lean-to type can be the easiest one to build. Your shoelaces can be used to tie the top pole in between two trees which will hold the rest of the shelter in place. Better yet you can swap your laces with paracord to give you higher chances of survival.
5. Start a Fire
By using these Stone Mountain Multifunction Lifelaces made out of 550 lbs paracord with built-in flint rods that comes with steel striking bars, you can start a fire anytime under any condition. You wouldn’t worry about forgetting your matches or lighter with you anymore. Plus, since it’s made of paracord you can have more than a handful of uses for it.
6. Keeping A Splint In Place
If you broke or dislocated an arm or a leg, it is vital to keep it immobilized through the use of a splint. Pulling out your shoe laces to keep a splint in place in case you don’t have anything to tie it down with.
7. As A Fishing Line
In a survival situation finding food is crucial. If you have an option to catch fish you can use your shoelaces as a fishing line by tying a fishing hook or pop tops of a soda can at the end. Now, all it takes is a bait and a little more patience to catch your next meal.
8. As A Trap
If fishing is not an option, you can make a slip knot on both ends of your shoelace as part of an animal trap. Place one end on a peg that will be spiked on the ground. You can also tie this down to a small plant. Lay the open end of your slip knot on the ground and cover it with a little foliage or debris. then place a bit of bait on the noose for good measure. When a small animal pass by it will get caught in the noose. The harder it tries to break free the tighter the knot will become.
9. As A Rock Sling
Another option is to make a simple rock sling to strike down birds on a tree branch or a rabbit on the move for your next meal. It may take a bit of practice though. Watch the video above on how to make a rock sling using either your shoelace or paracord.
10. As A Bow String
If you have the time and the skill to make a bow, assuming you have paracord as a shoelace, you can use it as a bow string. You can still use ordinary shoelaces but, it won’t give you the same power of a paracord. This way you can kill game faster instead of waiting compared to a trap.
11. For Climbing Trees
Are you lost? Do you need a better view of your surrounding to know where you are or where you need to go? You can tie the ends of both laces together while still tied to your shoes to create traction should you need to climb a tree. You can unlace it a few notches depending on the width of the tree you will be climbing.
12. For Breaking Free
This is where paracord laces will be put into good use or any ordinary shoelace for that matter. If you’re bound on your wrist with a zip tie, a rope, or duct tape, here are the steps you need to take:
- Untie your lace
- Slip the paracord/shoelace in the center of the zip tie in between your hands
- Tie both ends together
- You can either lie on your back or be in a sitting position
- Make the lace taut before performing the next step
- Start making a bicycle motion with your legs until it cuts through the zip tie, duct tape or rope
Some shoelaces have the tip of the key for handcuffs installed as aglets. This makes it convenient for breaking free of handcuffs.
Left your keys in your car? Watch this video posted by PKvideos on how he unlocks his car using shoelaces in about 10 seconds:
There are tons of uses for your shoelaces most especially if you swap the ordinary ones with paracord. You can actually search the web for hundreds of paracord projects from DIY stretchers to pulling heavy weights. Your imagination is your limit to what you can do. Am not saying you can’t use the normal shoelaces but with paracord as shoelaces, you’re sure they survive the elements for any, if not all, survival scenarios.
Do you know other survival uses for shoelaces? If so, please add them in the comments below!
Here’s how to tie knots for camping and survival you might want to learn about using your shoelaces!
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