We four wheelers are known for being resourceful. You know, fix just about anything anywhere – especially while off road – using the most unusual tools or items. Sometimes you need to use what you have to get through a pinch.
But it is true that we can make use of the oddest items laying around: rubber bands, paper clips, duct tape. To that list I’d like to add the split key ring. If you’re like me, you’ve collected a bunch over the years. You can pick up a pocketful walking the floor of any trade show. Do you actually use them? Probably not. My guess is you toss ‘em in a junk box or drawer, rarely to be seen again.
Turns out that humble key ring can fill many roles. As you’ll see from the images, I’m referring only to the split-ring type of key ring. Throw away whatever plastic doohickey is attached; all you need is the ring. Herewith, in no particular order, are some ways to use the split key ring beyond the norm.
Some other ideas:
- Hang a banner. Slip the ring through the grommet holes. This will work for either wall-mounted or suspended banners.
- As part of the anchoring system for a tent. Plant the tent pole and stake inside the ring. The ring is particularly useful in cold climates or other areas where the tent stake tends to get stuck in the ground. Just grab the ring and pull the tent stake loose.
- To attach gear to something. Some shirts and jackets have D ring sewn in. Want to carry a flashlight or whistle? Use a key ring to attach the item to your clothing, including a belt loop.
- Of course you can always put keys on it!
As you can see, the split key ring has many important uses around the home and in the great outdoors. Dig through your junk boxes to see if you saved any key rings. If so, add two or three to your survival kit, tool box, even your camp box. You’re sure to find a use for one someday.