The humble carabiner, oh little clip made of metal or plastic you are so useful let me count the ways. There are several actually and in this article I’m going to list five. Maybe you have a carabiner lying around or you’ve used them before. At any rate a good carabiner can be a lifesaver or a fun doodad you have. I’ll give you five good uses for them starting right now!
The most obvious of course and you’d be right but did you ever think about using a carabiner to split your keys into sections? Say you have keys that are important for work and keys that are important for home. You can put two rings on your key-chain. One ring has the keys you use for work, the other the keys you use at home. On the weekend off goes the work keys onto the dresser and suddenly you find yourself with more room in your pocket. It’s also great if you want to go out on the town and not worry about your work keys getting lost. Just leave your keys in a safe place at home.
4. Clipping Things On Your BackPack
Want easy access to a compass, whistle or knife? When you’re out hiking try clipping them to your backpack with a carabiner. No more digging through your pack looking for your most used items. Just clip them onto a strap or loop on your pack and they are secure and waiting for you. You can also put things together that jingle to make sound to let animals know your coming. Ever see a bear bell? That’s the idea I’m going for.
3. Tieing Items Down In Or On Your Vehicle.
A strong carabiner can be used to help tie items down on your car. Just attach it to your rope or twine with a strong knot and clip it onto a sturdy place on your vehicle. My truck even has special places to attach a strap or rope. Make sure the rope is taunt though. If the carabiner is very easy to get on and off the rope might not be tight enough. I wouldn’t want my new appliance to slip through the ropes an tumble around in the back of my truck and the carabiners should be easy to take the rope off.
2. Keep that Water Bottle Handy
Many metal water container’s have a hole for a key ring at the top. Just put a carabiner in it or if the holes too small put a keyring on it. Put a carabiner onto the keyring and your water bottle is ready to go. Clip it to your belt, belt-loop, purse or pack and it’s with you when you need it.
1. Tactical and Practical
Secure that tactical equipment. Soldiers commonly use carabiners to hold equipment on their person. By putting a carabiner on a flashlight you can clip a flashlight to your belt. This also works with pocket knives, tools, gadgets and gizmos. If you wanted to you could create a vest full of gear that could be ready at a moments notice.