Insider Picks writes about products and services to help you navigate when shopping online. Insider Inc. receives a commission from our affiliate partners when you buy through our links, but our reporting and recommendations are always independent and objective. In the late spring of 2016, my family and I packed everything we owned into an 18-wheeler and moved clear across the country, leaving Los Angeles and settling outside New York City. And if not for about a dozen bungee cords, that drive would have been a mess. At the core of a bungee cord is multiple strands of an extruded elastic material that’s coated for heat resistance and then wrapped in a highly flexible sheath, usually made from polypropylene. They most likely get their name from an English slang term for rubber used in Colonial India, though the origins are unclear. What is clear, though, are the many ways bungee cords can be of use every day. Beyond the obvious applications of strapping cargo to the top of a car or keeping a heavy bin secured to a shelf, bungee cords are helpful for both short- and long-term solutions to common issues. I got a jar of assorted bungees from Cartman years ago, and save for a f...