Bungee Cords

IMAGINATIVE USES FOR BUNGEE CORDS

People have been using bungee cords for survival hacks since World War I when pilots used them to add a little extra makeshift suspension to their aircraft. Now, bungee cords are a must for every backcountry wanderer. Here are some of the weirdest but most essential uses for this versatile piece of kit.

TO REPAIR A TENT POLE

Feeding a thin piece of bungee cord without the hooks on either end serve as the elastic component in a tent pole and can get you out of a common camping jam.

ADDING A CHEST STRAP TO YOUR BACKPACK

When camping, I like to go ultralight. So, no unnecessary weight on the backpack. This often leaves me without a solid back support of chest and waist straps. But you can make your own with a bungee cord hooked across the two shoulder straps, pulling the backpack tight across your chest.

WHEN CHOPPING WOOD

Hold the stump together by wrapping a length of bungee cord around it for a useful wood chopping hack.

REPAIR A BROKEN CHAIR

Several bungee cords fastened across the seat frame can repair a broken chair and offers enough resistance to hold a person’s body weight.

AS A CURTAIN RAIL IN A MOTORHOME

Pulling the bungee cord taught and hooking it across the window gives a perfect rail to attach some makeshift curtains for your motorhome. However, in a motorhome there are a host of places where bungee cords become useful. I also stretch them across shelves to keep books and pots and pans in place while driving, and put one over the rubbish lid to keep it in place. It’s safe to say my mobile home is something of a bungee cord minefield.

AS A SHOELACE SUBSTITUTE

You can make any pair of shoes no tie by feeding small lengths of bungee between the holes and tying a knot at each end. You will need four or five small lengths of bungee cord, but the elastic stays taught for a long time, giving you perfect slip-on shoes.

EMERGENCY BRACES

Your belt snaps, no problem. Hook the cord through a belt loop at the front and back of your jeans and you have a useful pair of braces to keep your jeans up. You might not win any style awards but it’s better than exposing your buttocks to the whole campsite. If you have a shorter length of cord, you can also just use it as a belt, but that doesn’t look anywhere near as eccentric.

There you have it. Ingenious uses for bungee cords. No matter what type of camper you are, whether you prefer car camping, going ultra-light or own a motorhome, a bungee cord should always be on your camping checklist for its sheer multi-purpose versatility.

 


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Oli Ward
oli@dinga.com.au

Oli has camped and hiked his way around Australia and most of Europe. He also loves writing about his experiences and sharing his knowledge.