Backpacking Hacks / A tiny hair tie hack

It's the tiny things that make a difference - in life...in backpacking.

When I first saw this one, I was a bit skeptical, but I'm now a believer. This one's another one from Trenton from the time he taught survival during my WEMT class. 

All it is, is a hair tie and with a small duct tape flag on it. It's great for: 

  • Keeping gear organized without taking extra bags
  • Pulling the tab to get the hair tie off, when your fingers are cold and don't move well
  • Finding your hair tie if you drop it

Tiny hair tie hack
Weighs 0.1oz for three
Made from this hair tie and some bright orange duct tape

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I used to use a rubber band and keep it around my wrist in case I ever needed it right away. It would eventually break down and become a piece of trash I'd have to carry around. This hair tie hack provides a bit more reassurance of it's effectiveness. Plus, it's always a back-up hair tie in case your hair tie breaks. 

CASE STUDY
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Footprint with Bag vs. Hair Tie
5.2oz vs. 5.0oz

0.3oz vs. 0.0oz
Big Agnes Fly Creek UL 2 Footprint Bag vs. Hair Tie

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PRODUCTS USED to make hair tie hack