25 Paper Clip Survival Ideas

They’re cheap.

They come in a box of 100+.

And, in a pinch, they just might help you survive when SHTF.

What You’ll Get Below

  • Video of prepper paper clip ideas (several are ingenious)
  • List of 25 paper clip survival ideas you probably hadn’t thought of
  • Videos on using paperclips for survival uses like working on locks, handcuffs, etc.
  • Lots more

The little paper clip has a lot more usefulness than just holding your 17 HMR optic manual papers together.

Because they’re everywhere, and so cheap to experiment with, people have found 100’s of ways to reuse these little lengths of bendable metal for everything from lock picking to holding a bra together.

Here you’ll find a TON of survival uses for the paper clip.

For those new to this, it’s a great way to get started prepping and fun example of prepping on a budget.

Let’s dig in!

Paper Clip Survival Ideas

I’m putting the videos first.

The big list of 25 paper clip survival uses is below.

First up, here’s a cool video from Sensible Prepper. He has some great ideas and survival uses for the paper clip:

It’s amazing what he can get those things to do.

Opening Locks With a Paper Clip

Here are two videos on how to use paper clips to open or pick locks.

The first video shows how to pick a deadbolt style lock:

The second video uses a paper clip on a standard padlock:

Use A Paper Clip To Open Handcuffs?

Turns out, you actually can. Check out this video:

Now that we’ve got those videos out of the way, here is the list I promised you earlier.

Paper Clip Survival Uses

25 Survival Uses for the little, lovable paper clip:

  1. Finger / toe splint
  2. Worm hook
  3. Lock picker
  4. Marking/scoring/scratching tool
  5. Antenna
  6. Hold a broken bra strap together
  7. Hold long hair back
  8. Mobile phone stand
  9. Zipper pull
  10. Compass (requires magnet to magnetize clip)
  11. Self defense
  12. Caltrop/anti-sentry alarm
  13. Conductor like wire
  14. Get SIM card out of phone
  15. Get stuck disc out of computer
  16. Reset gadgets
  17. Make a chain
  18. Short fishing line (for very small fish)
  19. Eyeglasses repair
  20. Needle for sewing
  21. Blow-dart needle
  22. Safety pin
  23. Heavy duty twist tie
  24. Projectile (slingshot)
  25. Open handcuffs

And I’m sure there’s a ton more out there.

Add your paper clip idea in the comments below!

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Author Bio:

Richard Douglas is survivalist and firearms nut. He’s work has appeared on large publications like The National Interest, Daily Caller, American Shooting Journal, and more. He’s also the founder of Scopes Field, a blog where he reviews various firearms and optics.

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