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I am a big fan of cable ties. I know that sounds a bit weird, but please bear with me. These simple, inexpensive and strong strips of plastic will do a host of jobs. I keep some in my first aid kit as they are great for securing a splint, improvising a sling and a host of other tasks.
It is also worth carrying some when travelling or on expedition as they can be used for so many things. I have used them to repair bags and secure equipment. They will also fasten flapping doors and hang mosquito nets. The last time I was away we even used some to strap up a boot sole that had come loose mid trek. They are little gems.
The only problem is that they can only be used once. Removing them involves cutting them. Also, if used in a first aid situation it would be easy to over tighten them. This could risk restricting circulation in some contexts. Fortunately, there is an alternative.
If you search online sources you can easily find cable ties with a releasing mechanism. These handy items are, not surprisingly, called releasable cable ties. They have all the advantages of normal ties but a small catch allows them to be released easily. They are slightly more expensive than normal ties but so much better for travel use. I usually get ones about 30cms long but, of course, you can connect as many together as you like anyway and they come in lots of lengths.
We also share some others ideas on other items to carry in a wilderness first aid kit here.