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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival

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7173144658 723c266819 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival   Backdoor SurvivalMy love affair with paracord continues.  Not only is it strong and useful for a myriad of tasks, it is colorful and fun to work with while making bracelets, key fobs, belts and other goodies.
Enter paracord into your search engine and you will be treated to a ton of stuff – what is it, how is it use, where to buy it and more.  It seems like everyone has a stake in the paracord love-fest.
What Exactly is Paracord?
8098661001 1a5d66eff2 o 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival   Backdoor SurvivalHere on Backdoor Survival, I first wrote about paracord in May 2012 in the article Paracord for Function and Fashion.  I described paracord this way:
Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope that was originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Soldiers, however, found that this miracle rope was useful for far more than their paratrooper missions. In the ensuing years, both the military and civilians alike have found hundreds if not thousands of uses for paracord.
It is available by length, typically 50 to 100 feet (or more) and in a variety of colors. It is also available is large quantities by the spool. Many hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts make or purchase “survival bracelets” made of several feet of paracord which is woven into a compact bracelets that can be unraveled in the field.
By the way, you will often see paracord referred to as Paracord 550 means that it has a breaking strength of 550 pounds or more. Now that is strong!
Paracord can be used for many purposes such as securing things, removing heavy debris and fixed objects, strapping things together, as a harness to escape a burning building, controlling bleeding as a tourniquet, and the list goes on. You can even unravel the cord and use the individual strands as a fishing line or as thread to sew on a button. Wonderful stuff.
I touched upon a number of uses in my description above but that was merely a sampling.  There is more – a lot more.  What follows are 44 different uses of paracord for survival purposes.
44 Ways to Use Paracord for Survival
  1. Secure a tent
  2. Secure a tarp between trees
  3. Hang tools from your belt
  4. Hang tools from around your neck
  5. Secure things to the outside of your backpack
  6. Make a tourniquet
  7. Secure a splint
  8. Make a sling for your arm
  9. Make an emergency belt to hold your pants up
  10. Make emergency suspenders
  11. Replace a broken bra strap (it happens)
  12. Replace broken or missing shoe laces
  13. Repair a zipper pull
  14. Secure your boat or skiff to a tree
  15. Make a tow line; double or triple up for extra strength
  16. Create a makeshift lanyard
  17. String a clothesline
  18. Hang something up off the ground
  19. Rig a pulley system
  20. Make traps and snares
  21. Replace damaged or missing draw strings in packs, bags and sweat pants
  22. Keep rolled up items secure
  23. Create a neckerchief slide
  24. Tie objects together for easier transport
  25. Make a rope
  26. Make a hammock
  27. Make a sack for carrying groceries or gear
  28. Bundle stuff together
  29. Tie tall garden vegetable plants to stakes
  30. Make a pet leash
  31. Make a pet collar
  32. Secure a garbage-bag rain poncho around your body to keep you dry
  33. Hang food in trees to keep the bears away
  34. Tie stuff down so it will not blow away in a storm
  35. Create a trip wire
  36. Create makeshift hand cuffs
  37. Tie bad guys or intruders to a tree or chair
  38. Tie people together on a trail so that they keep together
  39. Identify members of a group using different colored armbands or bracelets
  40. Use as sewing thread (inner threads)
  41. Use as fishing line (inner threads)
  42. Emergency dental floss (inner threads)
  43. Emergency suture material (inner threads) when there is nothing else available
  44. Make arts and crafts to stave off boredom
The Final Word
Paracord is awesome stuff.  I happen to like all of the various colors and have a number of personal favorites.  You might even say I have become a collector.  You can purchase paracord at most outdoor stores as well as online, most notably Camping Survival (a Backdoor Survival sponsor) and Amazon (of course).  Just keep in mind that different colors are priced differently so if you are looking for a bargain, consider various color options.
8033583714 f3ddb4c0c7 m 44 Really Cool Uses of Paracord for Survival   Backdoor SurvivalNow if you are handy and want to make stuff, free instructions for paracord projects abound on the Web.  Try Instructables for their set of  Easy Paracord Projects.  I know that  I plan on making some key fobs using their Easy Paracord Key Fob instructions.  (Did I mention that these instructions were free?)
Whatever you decide, be sure to pick up some paracord for your survival kit, your car and you home.  You are gonna love it!
Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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  1. Be careful with 550 around your neck or extremeties... if snagged, it could strangle or rip the flesh right off the bone. (You could integrate a break-away device).

    You can take the inner thread and make a fishing net, too.

  2. I would advise you to not use 550 cord (para cord) for a tourniquet most medical experts will tell you that at a minimum it should be 1 inch wide to properly work.