55 Survival Uses For Paracord
Paracord is a general-purpose rope type material that can be used for a variety of tasks. Although the types of paracord vary, they are all very strong and durable, and even used by the military for a range of tasks.
In this article we look at over 50 different ways in which preppers can make use of paracord in both a survival setting and more general. Each of these ways are considered with the ever-changing British weather in mind and can be used in both the summer and winter months.
With survival at the forefront of our minds here at British Prepper, here are some important uses for paracord:
1. Survival Bow – similarly, a survival bow is also possible with the aid of paracord to form the string element, allowing you to hunt game in the British forests.
2. Cutting Through Zip Ties – paracord is strong enough to create friction that would be able to cut through zip ties.
3. Fire Starter – paracord is flammable in general, but some have special cores that are highly flammable, making them ideal for starting fires.
4. Suspending Food – preppers will be able to utilize the strength of paracord to suspend their food supplies in trees. This is a good way to keep it safe from animals.
5. Fire Tool – if you are looking to make a bow and drill fire starting tool, then paracord is an ideal choice for the string part of the bow due to its strength and durability.
6. Animal Traps – the UK woods are also home to plenty animals that would be a good source of food in a survival setting, and paracord can form deadfalls and snare traps to help catch them.
7. Fishing Line – inner strands of paracord are ideal for creating a fishing line, helping you make use of the waters as a food source too.
8. Fishing Bait – the outer part of the paracord can be frayed and then attached to a hook to use as bait when fishing.
9. Making A Bola – a bola is a useful for both self-defence and hunting, and the strength of paracord means you can use this to wrap around the rock and fabric to create it safely.
10. Up-Level Your Shelter – designed to be strong and withstand even the British weather, paracord can be used to secure materials to create a robust shelter.
11. Tool Belt – keeping your hands free is important in a survival setting as you never know what is going to happen, so paracord can be used to tie any tools you may need to your belt.
12. Tool Necklace – tools, such as pocketknives, can also be attached as a necklace using paracord, ensuring they are always in easy reach.
13. Attaching To Bag – if you’re the kind of prepper who wants to bug out, paracord will let you bring more items with you by attaching them to your bugging out bag.
14. Tourniquet – if you or someone else has an accident and is badly cut, paracord can be used to help treat it.
15. Splints – it can also be used to hold splints in place if bones or broken or sprained, just wrap it around the splint and secure
16. Slings – similarly, paracord can be used to create a sling for an injured arm, giving time for the patient to recover.
17. Belts – as well as being robust enough to make a strong belt, paracord can also be braided to create patterns, allowing you to be creative yet practical.
18. Shoelaces – preppers will know the importance of good shoes in a survival setting. Unfortunately, the laces can end up frayed or broken but can be replaced with paracord.
19. Repairing Zips – zips on clothes will also break over time, and in a paracord loop can be used in their place.
20. Securing Boat – you may end up having or building a boat as a resourceful prepper, and paracord can be used to secure it so that it does not drift away when not in use.
21. Clotheslines – paracord is strong enough to hold even wet clothes and create a clothesline for your shelter. This is ideal as you are likely to get wet due to the ever-changing British weather.
22. Tow Line – if you have no rope, paracord can be doubled or tripled to help you tow heavy objects such as an animal you’ve hunted or pull a boat inland
23. Pulley System – you can use the paracord to create this to help you move things without using up too much of your own energy.
24. Drawstrings – you can make use of paracord to replace drawstrings on clothing, helping them last longer in a survival setting.
25. Booby Traps – useful tool when creating traps to help secure your area from others including alert systems with cans strung on the paracord.
26. Transporting Items Together – if you find yourself in a situation where you want to relocate, then you can attach your belongings together using the paracord to make transporting them easier.
27. Durable Rope – paracord is still strong when wet, so provides an excellent alternative to rope to assist with climbing.
28. Hammock – a hammock may a good option for sleeping depending on your location, and paracord will act as a great material for the hammock straps.
29. Fishing Net – as well as a fishing line, if you have the patience to separate the parts of the paracord you will be able to weave it together to create a fishing net to help catch more fish.
30. Bags – the same webbing technique as the fishing net can be used to create bags and sacks to help storing items.
31. Bundling Plants To Dry – as paracord does not rot or absorb water, it is a great way to bind plants and herbs together that need to dry out, such as garlic.
32. Growing Plants – to help some plants grow you will be able to tie the stem to posts using the paracord.
33. Animal Leashes – strong leashes can be created for animals big and small through braiding the paracord.
34. Animal Collars – the same braiding approach can be used to create collars to make it easier to attach collars when necessary.
35. Storm Protection – when a storm is due to come, you can prepare for it by securing your shelter and belongings using the paracord.
36. Trip Wire – a great way to protect your space from trespassers using the paracord, string some between two trees to make a trip line
37. Handcuffs – it is difficult to know what a survival setting will be like, but if for any reason you need to handcuff someone to ensure their or your own safety then paracord will do the job.
38. Tying Up Intruders – the same can be said about having to tie up intruders to a chair (or something similar) to keep everyone safe.
39. People Chain – a safe way for a group to travel across a river or in a snowstorm would be by tying everyone together in a chain using the paracord.
40. Organisation – as paracord comes in a variety of colours, you could use different colours to organise different elements of your base, allowing a clear message system to be established.
41. Sewing – paracord can be broken down enough to make thread, which is a great resource for patching up and repairing clothes and other fabrics.
42. Dental Floss – again breaking it down into thin pieces, the same material for thread could be used as dental floss to ensure your teeth are kept healthy.
43. Stitches – this can also be used to create stitches for when someone is injured in a survival setting. Although it is not sterile, paracord can be sterilised using an antiseptic beforehand.
44. Plant Holders – it is still possible to make your shelter aesthetically pleasing in a survival setting, and paracord can be used for this to create plant holders.
45. Bartering – due to the versatility of paracord, it is likely to be highly desirable by many and so a good resource to trade if you are looking for something else such as medicines.
46. Making A Raft – logs can be attached using the paracord to make a raft to help you travel safety across water.
47. Non-Slip Grip – you will want whatever weapons and tools you use to be secure in your hand, and you can do this by creating a grip around the handle using paracord.
48. Repairing Seats – paracord can be used as a weave type material to repair seats to help provide you with some form of comfort.
49. Repair Bedframe – if you are lucky enough to have a bed frame to sleep on, paracord can be used to repair any slats that may break over time.
50. Hair Ties – keeping hair back is not only practical but safe, and you can do this using paracord so it doesn’t catch when you’re trying to light a fire
51. Rescuing Someone From A Hole – due to paracord being so strong, you can use it to help get someone out of a hole quickly
52. Measuring Distance – if you have a section of paracord that you know the length of you can use this to measure larger distances. This would be useful if you wanted to map out your surroundings.
53. Horse Reins – if you have. horse, the paracord can be used to make a harness and reins to make it possible to ride them safely.
54. Ladder – to create an easy way to access higher levels in your newly built survival shelter, you can tie knots to climb or pair with wood.
55. Game Hanger – after a successful day of hunting, you will want to hang up any game until it is ready to use or mature. This can be done with paracord.
As you can see, paracord is extremely versatile, particularly in a survival setting.
As it can withstand the British weather, preppers should equip themselves with a good supply and begin to practice on the different uses to prepare for when these are required as it is difficult to know circumstances are ahead, and as a result, what you will need to help survival.