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Top 10 Things Every Adventure Seeker Needs

10. Journal and Pen

What’s an adventure without a captain’s log? Bring along a small notebook and accompanying pen and wind down by channeling your inner Thoreau on the trail. The paper may also come in handy if you need to start a fire.

 9. Flashlight

You won’t need a giant flashlight powered by 10 D batteries but you will certainly need some source of light, especially if it’s a new moon and you’re caught in the middle of the woods. Try to invest in a hybrid solar powered/battery operated pocket flash light. Let it hang from your pack as you walk to charge it and you’ll be ready when the sun goes down.

8. Duct Tape

Is there anything it can’t do? Duct tape is an adventure seeker’s staple. It can literally be the one thing that saves your trip from complete ruin. Use it to patch up your tent, sleeping bag, shoes, and clothes. Or, if you’re a true outdoorsmen, use it to fashion some snare traps. It takes up little space and has a thousand uses, so pick up a roll.

 7. First Aid Kit

This one is pretty obvious and yet so many people hit the trail without one. There’s no need for a giant box with enough supplies for a small village. Hiking stores sell tiny kits that have just what you need for any cuts, burns, or strange rashes that you may pick up along the way.

 6. Water Bottle with Filter

Coming across a water source may not be an issue but finding clean water will be. Invest in a water bottle that has a built-in filter. Like the one that sits in your fridge, this filter will last for up to 3 months. This simple bottle will be the difference between a great trip and a trip to the emergency room due to severe stomach pain. Trust us on this one.

 5. Compass

Many phones are now equipped with a built-in compass but there’s nothing like using a real one. While you may not have need for it, a compass is a small, space-savvy piece of equipment that will provide you extra comfort in knowing you can make it back to civilization should things go awry.

 4. The Right Shoes/Boots

Hiking like an adventurer means hours and hours on your feet, enduring the elements, and whatever the trail has to throw at you. If your feet give out, the trip is over. Spend the extra money and invest in a proven and well-trusted brand of trail shoes or boots. Match the footwear to the type of trip you’ll be taking and avoid wearing Uggs.

 3. Sleeping Bag

When it comes time to turn in, the quality of your sleeping bag will make or break your outlook on the trip. Choose a bag based on the season. You don’t want to be sporting a summer bag while hiking the Appalachian Trail in November.

 2. A Great, Not Good, Pack

This is where the bulk of your money should be going. A pack is not just a pack. You can spend days trying to find the right one. Whether your trail hiking or backpacking through Europe, the number one thing to look for in a pack is hip straps. Buy a bag with very well padded hip straps. This will take the stress off your shoulders and help to avoid strain and pain.

 1. Survival Strap

What could be more convenient than a long length of military grade paracord that has dozens of uses for the trail rolled up into a comfortable bracelet? A Survival Strap bracelet is for the true outdoorsmen. Unravel it to set traps, repair tents, make a fishing line, and stop bleeding. Check out the real life stories of how adventure seekers have used the Survival Straps to save themselves and their trip!

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Paracord Keychain: 4 Quick Car Fixes from Survival Straps

Cars are an unpredictable necessary evil. They may run great most of the time but when we need them most, something unexpected always seems to happen. We’ve all been in that bind where something snaps, hoses break, and luggage comes crashing down from the roof. Next time, make sure that you are one-step ahead of the game by arming yourself with a paracord keychain. Just like the Survival Strap bracelet, it’s made with the same material that is used in parachute line with the added convenience of simply attaching it to your keychain. Paracord is extremely tough and ready to take on a number of brutal tasks. Let’s review the top 4 ways that you can use a paracord keychain to get you out of those troublesome car situations.

TRANSPORT WITHOUT WORRY

We have all seen that truck driving down the highway with the mattress sticking out of the back. As soon as you see it, you switch lanes to ensure when the mattress finally tumbles out, you’re not the one it hits. Don’t be that guy. If you plan to move large objects such as couches, desks, or a stockpile of mattresses, use your paracord fob to guarantee your new possessions stay put. Simply unravel the keychain and attach it side to side, ensuring a secure fit for your stuff. Your fellow drivers will thank you.

TOW YOUR WAY HOME

If you are still driving around in the same car from college or high school, there’s a good chance that you’re bound to run into the moment when the car suddenly shuts off without you telling it to. Not wanting to waste money on a tow-truck, you call a friend to slowly pull you home. The problem is that he forgot the towline. Break out your paracord accessory, hook it up truck to car, and get yourself home so that you can immediately look into selling the thing.

MAKE SURE LUGGAGE STAYS ON THE ROOF

It is time for your yearly family vacation. You are already running 2 hours behind schedule and you still haven’t loaded up the luggage on top of the van’s roof. As luck would have it, you’re one bungee cord short of a perfect fit. You could chance it but do you really want to be picking up your wife’s clothes on Route 66 in rush-hour traffic? Take your paracord keychain, unravel it, and proudly finish the job. At least, you’ll be able to do one thing right before 18 hours on the road.

STOP LEAKS QUICKLY

The combination of summer heat, rush hour traffic, and an overdue fluid change has caused a rupture in one of your hoses. Anti-freeze is spilling fast and the last thing you need is that engine to overheat. Paracord fob to the rescue! With your untangled paracord, form a tourniquet around the hose to stop the leak and spare your engine. With one crisis averted, you get to balance your budget before making the call for that tow truck.

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Parachute Bracelet Uses: Repairs and Rescue

For the adventurers and the outdoorsmen, having a comprehensive utility belt seems like something out of a classic Batman movie. You make do with what you have and while you may not be able to own the car or the Bat-a-rang, there is something out there that is just as good. The Survival Strap bracelet is changing the way you prepare for hikes, diving, and off-road exploration. Made from woven paracord, the same nylon material that has been used to make parachutes for decades, Survival Straps can be worn for style and quickly unraveled in times of need.

If you are an adrenaline junkie who enjoys any parachute-related activity such as sky diving and kite boarding, then a Survival Strap bracelet should be your next investment. Capable of being used to make simple and advanced repairs, the Survival Strap may just be the thing that saves you from a ruined day on the water or a dangerous free fall.

REPLACE A SNAPPED LINE

Maybe you just purchased your first parachute kite online and the owner didn’t exactly go into detail about how he cared for it. You’re setting up your new kite and in the middle of straightening the lines, you see one snap in half. Your friends look at you as if to say, “Tough luck, buddy.” With the Survival Strap on your wrist, there’s no reason why you have to miss a windy day on the water. Simply unravel your bracelet, discard the snapped line, and run the paracord through to replace it. Now go enjoy yourself.

CRAFT A NEW HANDLE

There’s no other dire time of need than when you’re about to jump out of a plane or off of a mountain. In order to balance your weight, steer your direction, and help with landing, you absolutely need a strong set of guiding handles. Regardless of how it may happen, if you end up with a damaged or broken handle, you are going to run into some trouble. Hopefully, you’ll be able to catch it before you make the big jump. Either way, you’ll need to think on your feet. Remove your Survival Strap bracelet and get to work making a new handle for your parachute. Tie the paracord through the line to reestablish control, then loop the bracelet around itself to form a secure handle. It’s last minute but it’s life saving.

SAVE YOUR RISERS

After you make your leap from the plane or elevated location and you pull that cord, everything depends on the risers that the lines are attached to. As strong as they may be, accidents happen. A torn riser could mean a number of problems including a free spin while falling. Act fast and grab your Survival Strap bracelet in order to save your risers. There’s a good chance you may not even have to unravel the survival bracelet. Simply loop the line through the bracelet then attach the bracelet to your pack with the secure, built-in fastener. This will form a complete connection from pack to chute, ensuring you land safely.

Be sure to check out our collection of real life stories of the many ways that a Survival Strap may come in handy for you!

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Top 5 Survival Strap Uses

Maybe you’ve seen strangers pass by wearing what appears to be a simple bracelet on their wrist. It’s interwoven and seemingly plain. Upon asking about it, you discover that it’s more than just a bracelet, it’s a Survival Strap. These authentic military grade paracord bracelets are more than just stylish. They are more than just a symbol of honor and American work ethic. These bracelets are for survival. In times of need, you can unravel these survival bracelets to help you. The best uses of the survival strap are as endless as your creativity. Let’s take a look at the top 5 survival bracelet uses.

SECURE LOOSE ITEMS

Ever have a strap break from your car or bike? How about something really important like a safety harness strap on your life vest? Whether you’re backpacking through Europe with a snapped strap or you are trying to secure tools in the shed, a survival bracelet can help. Untie the survival bracelet and get things back together just like Beth Ackerman did during her Half Ironman.

SAVE A LIFE

Bringing the appropriate supplies during a hike, excursion, or adventure is never as easy as it seems. There’s always something that you forget such as a medical tourniquet, just in case something were to go awry. Luckily, wearing the Survival Strap requires no second thought. Slap it on your wrist and go. If chaos does ensue and someone is injured, you’ll be able to use the survival bracelet as an effective means to stop bleeding, potentially saving your friend or family member’s life.

MOVE SERIOUS WEIGHT

When it comes to moving heavy weight, it’s not always about pure strength. It’s about ingenuity. Made from military grade paracord, the Survival Strap is able to withstand a lot of punishment including being used as a means to move and lift rocks and trees. Even more so when that 200 pound tree is on top of you! Adrienne Wimmer found herself in that same situation. Luckily, she was wearing her Survival Strap.

TRAP FOOD

It sounds like a Hollywood movie set up: Lost in the snow-filled woods following a car crash with no means to contact the outside world.  You’ve exhausted all of your supplies and hunger is starting to set in. What do you do? Catch food using a snare trap made with your survival bracelet. Made to withstand the elements, the Survival Strap is the ideal way to set up a snare trap for small game creatures.

INSPIRE SOMEONE IN NEED

This survival bracelet is a symbol of honor, pride, and benevolence. Made in America, Survival Straps represent the citizens of this country: strong and resourceful. Sometimes the best way to use a survival bracelet doesn’t require taking it apart at all; it involves passing it along to someone who needs it more. Whether you give your own to a friend who is about to embark on a tour of an exotic land or to a son as a keepsake, you pass along everything Survival Strap stands for. An American war veteran heard one woman’s story and decided to do just that.

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Saving the Day in a Snowy Situation

In light of the blizzards that have recently been circulating, we thought we would share a story of how Survival Straps saved the day in a snowy situation:

Casey out of Jacksonville, Florida wrote:

My husband, Troy, and his co-worker/friend, Eric, are Supervisors for a Gold Mine in Alaska. Part of their job is to hike in to the wilderness to stake new claims and test new equipment. Back in April, they had to hike several miles, over mountain ridges and through the Alaskan Wilderness in an attempt to capture a cell signal to bounce back to camp. There was only one pair of modern snowshoes, so they took the antique pair off of the lodge wall for Eric to use. Several miles into their hike, the bottom of Eric’s snow shoes fell apart.

Turning around and trying to trudge back through the 4-inch-plus deep snow without the shoes was NOT an option. Troy knew he had to do something, so he sacrificed his Survival Strap to use, along with branches from the trees, to fix the snow shoes. Because of the paracord, they were able to fashion a makeshift bottom to the shoe, continue their work and complete the hike back to camp!

Have any cool stories about how you use your Survival Strap? Don’t forget to let us know! Email us your story with pictures to stories@survivalstraps.com.

Don’t have a Survival Strap yet? Get yours here: www.survivalstraps.com

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Jeramy Houston

We love to hear from our customers of how they’ve used their Survival Straps gear! Here’s an awesome story from our friend Jeramy:

“I’ve owned the firefighter survival bracelet for over a year and deployed it for the first time yesterday. When a 16 year old fell over 60 feet from a waterfall and landed on a rocky outcropping, my fire department was dispatched to respond. I hiked in with the engine and rescue companies to begin treating the patient, who suffered serious injury and required chest decompression in the field. While the high angle rescue team was setting up to hoist the patient out, we used my survival bracelet to help shuttle medical equipment to the patient’s side. A fantastic product that performed exactly as I expected. Thank you for such a well-made, American product!

Jeramy Houston
Firefighter/Paramedic”
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Adrienne Wimmer

You never know when your SurvivalStraps gear will come in handy. Our American-made gear is built from military grade 550 paracord and is so tough it can move 200 pound logs to rescue people who are pinned under them! Read Adrienne Wimmer’s story below of how her Survival Strapped saved her 4th of July. We’re glad she was strapped!

Hello my name is Adrienne Wimmer and my husband and I purchased the bracelet. As a medic it was an extra tool for me. Unfortunately I had to use it this 4th of July.

We live in Currituck, North Carolina on the water. We had a horrible storm come through a few days before blowing debris all over. On July 4th we were swimming and jetsking and tubing when my 13 year old daughter Alexis stepped on something very sharp. It ended up being a huge log weighing well over 200lbs! The adults and my daughter were floating it up to remove it when it slipped and pinned her lower leg under the water. She started to panic and was screaming so I undid my strap and made a loop and tied a knot slipped it around the end of the logg and she was free. Without this things could have been very bad and she could have been seriously hurt. Thank god I had this. Pictures attached of the water. The log out of the water with strap attached and my daughter.

Thanks,

Adrienne Wimmer

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Beth Ackerman, Florida Half Ironman

Every day at Survival Straps we receive word from a customer or two who has used his or her Survival Straps gear in an emergency! Have you used your Survival Strap recently? Send us your story and some pictures and we’ll send you a replacement strap. Just shoot us an email (stores@survivalstraps.com), or send us a letter-the long handed way-to 1106 A1A N, Suite 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082 with your information and we’ll get back to you. Here’s a story from our friend Beth of hows she used her strap during a Half Ironman!

T-minus 30 minutes until race time (5am) of the Half Ironman Florida 70.3 we noticed a missing piece of equipment to secure a water bottle to our athlete’s bike.  After searching for possible fixes, the one and only true cure was my survival strap (light duty survival strap with plastic clasp). The survival strap was able to affix the bottle to the bike effectively. The athlete completed a 56 mile bike course without the bottle budging at all and claiming that the survival strap worked better than the normal rubber band mechanism. Thanks for a wonderful product we are looking forward to finding an even more awesome way of using it again!

Cheers!

Beth Ackerman

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Jeff Bova-for Longmire on A&E

Every day at Survival Straps we receive word from a customer or two who has used his or her Survival Straps gear in an emergency! Have you used your Survival Strap recently? Send us your story and some pictures and we’ll send you a replacement strap. Just shoot us an email (stores@survivalstraps.com), or send us a letter-the long hand way to 1106 A1A N, Suite 100, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, 32082 with your information and we’ll get back to you. Here’s a story from our friend Jeff of how he’s used his strap!

My name is Jeff Bova and I am the Transportation Captain for a new television series called “Longmire”.

We are shooting the television show in and around the Santa Fe, NM area and as such, move great distances between locations. We move a lot at night after working 16 or more hours. Two nights ago we were moving from Las Vegas, NM to Glorietta, NM and I was working on getting the last two cast trailers on the move to the next location. Of course nothing goes wrong until the middle of the night, with limited resources and time. The last trailer’s light cord wouldn’t stay connected and we can’t drive 50 miles with no lights at 11pm. After trying unsuccessfully to jam the connection in, I finally sacrificed my survival straps bracelet, which I use as a medical alert bracelet, to tie the connector in place. We made the move successfully with no further problems and thanks to the rigging of the umbilical, no ticket from the New Mexico State Police. I purchased the survival strap first, because of your support of the wounded warrior program, but also because of the business that I am in and to use as a medical alert identification tag. I thank you for a great product and for your support of our wounded veterans. I will be placing my order for a replacement today.

Indebted to your company,

Jeffrey P Bova

Transportation Captain
“Longmire” Television Series for the A&E Network/Sheppard-Robin Productions.

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Troy Curnow

Wear it. Unravel it. Survive it.

It’s always exciting to read Survival Stories and see pictures that our customers send in via email (stories@survialstraps.com) or in a good old-fashioned letter. Here’s a story we received yesterday of how our handy, 550 military spec paracord bracelet helped to save Troy Curnow’s hide while he was hiking in Alaska:

“I purchased a survival strap for my husband (the wilderness adventurer) while we were living in Colorado. We moved back to Jax, Fl last year, and come to find out you guys were based here all along! That’s besides the point, though, because my husband left in February to work on a Gold Mine in Alaska, and actually had to use his survival strap in a survival situation! Here’s his story:

My husband, Troy, and his co-worker/friend, Eric, are Supervisors for a Gold Mine in Alaska. Part of their job is to hike into the wilderness to stake new claims, and test new equipment. Back in April, they had to hike several miles, over mountain ridges and through the Alaskan Wilderness in an attempt to capture a cell signal to bounce back to the camp. There was only 1 pair of modern snowshoes, so they took the antique pair off of the lodge wall for Eric to use.

Several miles into their hike, the bottom of Eric’s snow shoes fell apart. Turning around and trying to trudge back through the 4+’ deep snow with out the shoes was NOT an option. Troy knew he had to do something, so he sacrificed his Survival Strap to use, along with branches from the trees, to fix the snow shoes.

Because of the paracord, they were able to fashion a makeshift bottom to the shoe, continue their work and complete the hike back to camp!

Thank you,

Casey”

How have you used your Survival Straps gear? Send your pictures and stories to stories@survivalstraps.com. If you use it, we’ll replace it-for free! How’s that for a lifetime warranty?

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