Quick Prepper Tip: The Useful, Practical Tactical, Helpful, Frugal Zip Tie

By Lisa Metheny published on in Camping and Survival

If duct tape has thousands of uses than chances are its junk drawer companion and skinny little cousin the zip-tie does as well. Two things I wish I would have invented.

Cheaper Than Dirt Quick Prepper TipThe electrical company of Thomas & Betts invented the zip-tie in 1958 to help neatly secure wires in airplanes. Today the slender piece of plastic with its ratcheting toothy edge goes by several different names like the hose tie, zip tie or tie wrap. Whatever you choose to call it is irrelevant; the number of ways you can use them is relevant. Today they come in a variety of colors, sizes, lengths and strengths and are made of steel or plastic and the best part is these little do-it-all doo-dads are pretty inexpensive which makes them even more ideal for the home prepper.

12 zip ties under a blue light

A Few of the Endless Things You Can do with Zip Ties

  1. Bundle wires or cables
  2. Secure containers or baskets in place
  3. Car Repair
  4. Arts and Crafts
  5. Organizing
  6. Handcuffs
  7. Loop several together to form a strong chain
  8. Instant lock, great for child proofing cabinets, gun cases and other items
  9. Use with tags to create ID tags for tools, luggage, gifts and more
  10. Tie down for tarps and tents
  11. Securely bundle garden or air hoses
  12. Home Security
  13. Household repairs
  14. Make hinge for gates or doors
  15. Use in the garden to gently secure plants to stakes

Help us, and your fellow preppers build out the list. Give us your best uses for zip ties in the comment section.


Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.

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