While bungee cords can seem bulky – especially when they have been removed from the packaging that might have kept them wrapped well – bungee cords is an extremely versatile item that has plenty of uses in an emergency situation. And as a multi-use item (an item that can fulfil many roles in an emergency), I consider them essential in a bug out bag.
Bungee cords are a versatile and useful item to have in an emergency kit or bug out bag. Here are some uses for bungee cords in an emergency situation:
- Securing gear: Bungee cords can be used to secure gear to a backpack or other pack, making it easier to carry and reducing the risk of losing items. They are especially useful for holding oddly shaped or bulky items in place, that don’t fit easily into your backpack or that needs to be secured outside of a vehicle.
- Creating shelter: Bungee cords can be used to secure a tarp or other lightweight material to create a shelter or windbreak in an emergency situation.
- Emergency repairs: Bungee cords can be used to hold together broken or damaged equipment, such as a tent pole or backpack strap.
- First aid: In a pinch, a bungee cord can be used as a makeshift tourniquet or to secure a splint, if you do not have any other supplies on hand that are purpose-built for those.
- Hunting and trapping: Bungee cords can be used to secure a game bag or to create a snare or trap for catching small game.
- Improvising tools: Bungee cords can be used to improvise tools, such as a sling or throwing device.
- Makeshift clothing accessories: Need an emergency belt? You can use a bungee for that.
- Vehicle emergency: In a vehicle emergency, bungee cords can be used to secure a damaged bumper, exhaust pipe or loose parts that may cause further damage.
It is important to note that bungee cords are not a substitute for more specialized equipment, and they should not be relied upon as the sole means of securing or transporting gear or in life-threatening situations. However, having a few bungee cords in your emergency kit can be a useful and versatile tool in a variety of situations, especially when you are face with restrictions on how much weight you can carry as well as how much you can fit into your bug out bag.
Be sure to choose high-quality, durable cords that are rated for the weight and use you have in mind, and replace them as needed to ensure they are in good condition when you need them. This is one item where dollar store quality might not be the best choice – however a stash of lower quality bungee cords in your home stockpile is a great idea when you can use that budget elsewhere.