One of the best survival skills you can learn is how to use everyday items for a multitude of survival purposes. The paperclip, in particular, is quite versatile when it comes to survival.
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As this video by SensiblePrepper shows, there are at least twenty survival uses for a paper clip. Here they are:
1. Replace a zipper with a broken tab.
2. Use it to replace a button.
3. Bend the paper clip into a hook or ledge to set up on a cabinet, door, or drawer to hold clothes or bags or other items
4. Bend the paper clip to turn it into a keyring.
5. Turn a paper clip into an awl: bend it into a straight line, cut away an end, and then sharpen the end using a metal file.
6. Use the paper clip to clean out clogged spray cans.
7. Punch a hole through the fabric to run a string or thread through.
8. Turn your paper clip into a hook with fishing line: straighten it out like you did the awl, and then flatten it out using a hammer. Drill a hole through it and then run fishing line through the hole. Turn the other side into a hook and sharpen it with your metal file
9. Create a compass: Fill up a cup with water, set a leaf on the water, cut off a part of the paperclip and straighten it out, and then magnetize it by running a metal file or knife against it multiple times for about a minute.
10. Fold down a plastic bag and then clip it into place to seal it off (if the bag lacks a zipper).
11. Fold the paper clip into a safety clip shape. It will work exactly the same way.
12. Clip a Swiss Army knife directly to the outside of a pack.
13. Straighten out one end of the paper clip, flatten it out with a hammer, and you will now have a micro screwdriver.
14. Clip your sleeves into place after rolling them up, to ensure you have short sleeves.
15. Reattach a buckle to your pack.
16. Place the paper clip at the edge of the seam of duct tape or gorilla tape. This will ensure that the tape is easier to unwrap and also keeps it sealed.
17. Place a paper clip into the security hole with dual zippers to keep the bags closed and secure.
18. Fashion your paper clip into a Hercules clip, which goes into drywall, and then hang it behind the drywall to hang clothes.
19. Wrap up computer cables. Attach a rubber band to your paperclip and then wrap it around the cables, and reattach to the clip.
20. Make a toe or finger splint. For a broken or fractured toe or finger, straighten and flatten out a paper clip and then gently yet firmly secure it to the affected toe or finger to use as a splint.
To see all 20 of these uses demonstrated, watch the video by SensiblePrepper below.