I’ll bet you didn’t realize velcro was something you’d want to keep on hand in a survival situation.
It’s actually really, really useful, that’s why most military uniforms rely on velcro over buttons.
The good news is you can use in in your prepping pursuits for quite cheap. If you’ve got a sewing kit then you can use velcro with your survival kit.
I think velcro’s so important I decided I’d share the article my friend D.S. wrote on it.
Check it out below
Discover 8 Strange Survival Uses For Velcro
Some people don’t know what Velcro is while others can’t live without it. Regardless, in what follows I’m going to show you how you can use it in a variety of ways for survival and homesteading. Hopefully you’ll make room for it on your survival shopping list.
Velcro was invented in 1848 by the Swiss electrician George de Mestral and, in essence, is a mechanical way of fastening things using two surfaces: one made of tiny loops and another made of tiny hooks. The two surfaces are glued to the two things that need to remain attached. You can get Velcro strips online for around 5 bucks but note that there are various kinds so, you need to know why you need it.
Use it to hang your tools inside your shed.
Sure, you could just hammer some nails but what about your tools that don’t have holes in them? You could use industrial strength Velcro to hold the ones that weight less than a few pounds. Tape one side to the wall, the other to your tool’s handle and you’re good to go.
Use it to hide things under the table…
… or inside a closet or any other place where no burglar would think to look.. Things you can hide include:
- a spare key
- a handgun (you can buy Velcro holsters, by the way)
- a knife
- a glow-stick (it’s a good idea to one of those in every room of the house)
- …and even an alternative survival weapon (maybe hidden somewhere close to your front door so you can quickly grab it if the person knocking turns out to be an attacker)
To make extra room inside your kitchen cabinets.
If you have a large stockpile or thinking of growing one, you’ll be able to make the most out of your unused space inside your kitchen cabinets by attaching extra containers on the inside. You can find more tips to maximize the space inside your cabinet space right here.
Use Velcro to fit and secure more stuff in your car’s trunk.
No serious prepper can have an empty trunk. The more stuff the better but securing them in place can be a challenge. Fortunately, Velcro comes to the rescue. There are various bags that use it or you can stick it directly on the survival items themselves.
Use it to modularize your bug out bag.
Here’s how it works. Stick one side of the Velcro on the inside of your backpack, then the other to the side of the pouch. The pouch will hold some of your essentials in an organized manner.
No more having to go 5 minutes through your bag to find something. Now, everything on your bug out bag list is modularized. You can have a first aid kit, a fire kit, an electronics kit and so on.
To hang a whiteboard in your basement.
Having an inventory of all the things you stockpiled on your computer is great but what happens during a blackout? Critical info such as how much you have or what you’re missing should also be kept “offline”. So why not hang a whiteboard in your basement and tape it to the wall using Velcro?
One thing you need to be careful with is getting the right type of Velcro (that will stick to your wall).
To secure shelves and other furniture.
I don’t know how many shelves you have in your basement or pantry but I’m willing to bet they’ll easily fall in case of an earthquake, hurricane and so on. You can use Velcro straps to tape furniture to walls as shown in this video:
Last but not least, use them to fold up a tarp or a blanket.
Surely you have blankets stored in your car’s trunk or in your attic for when heating yourself will be impossible. You can use these straps to keep them in place until you need them.
Final Word On The Strange Survival Uses For Velcro
Before we wrap this up, let me just point out to you two things about Velcro. One, the more you use a Velcro strip, the more it deteriorates. The tiny holes and hooks break each time you separate them so, needless to say, they won’t last forever.
Two, Velcro is very durable as long as the force that’s trying to pull the two pieces apart (e.g. gravitation) is “sliding”. If the force is vertical, Velcro won’t last very long.
Can you think of more strange survival uses for velcro? Write them in a comment below.
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