79 Uses for Paracord

Paracord is quite arguably one of the most useful survival tools available. It was originally used in the suspension lines of the U.S. parachutes in WWII.  In fact, to this day, it’s still being used by the military but with many other applications.

Paratroopers of WWII quickly discovered many unintentional uses for paracord, and word got out.  Some of the many additional uses they discovered were securing cargo, tent lines, and even replacement boot laces!

Because of its tough nylon outer shell in place, paracord is often thought of as a standard piece of cordage. However, pull the outer shell off, and you’re left with 7 durable inner strands which can be used in thousands of ways, there is really no definite number of uses as it’s limited only to our imaginations! This makes Paracord one of the most useful survival tools you could ever own.

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The most common type of Paracord these days is Paracord 550, or Paracord Type III.  550 means it has a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds.

Here are just some of the uses for Paracord.

Everyday Use

  1. It seems that everyone loves Paracord these days and everyone wants some.
  2. Pull Cord Replacement. Ever have your ATV or Snowmachine pullcord break? Paracord makes a
  3. perfect pullcord! You could also use it on anything that requires a pull cord to start.
  4. You can tie knots in a length of Paracord and run it through a hose to clean it out.

Gear

  1. Use Paracord to help hoist or lower equipment or supplies. In a survival situation, you can use it to keep your pack off the ground by suspending it the air from a tree.
  2. Additional Grip. Add some to the grips of your weapons if you want to make sure they don’t slip.  (Not recommended for firearms.)
  3. Create a rifle sling with Paracord.
  4. Use it to secure a boat to land.
  5. If the handle of your knife is broken, you can tie Paracord to the hilt and create a new one.
  6. Tie tools to your belt.
  7. Use Paracord to make a leash for your pets or livestock.
  8. Use different colors to easily identify item groupings or people.

Clothing

  1. The inner threads can be used to mend clothing if you have a sewing needle available.
  2. You can easily tie back your hair when needed.
  3. If your watch strap breaks, you can create a new one.
  4. In a survival situation, or even if you’re like us and live on a homestead, you can make new laces for boots and shoes with Paracord.
  5. If you’re missing drawstrings, you can replace them with Paracord
  6. The average Paracord bracelet gives you 10 feet for emergency situations.
  7. Having a belt made from Paracord allows you to have even more available for emergencies, up to 100 feet!
  8. You can tie anything from a compass to a whistle to a lanyard made of Paracord.
  9. Make Suspenders.

Shelter

  1. Use it as the guy line for a tent.
  2. Tie together bundles of sticks to make walls, a roof, or a floor for your shelter.
  3. Secure a tarp overhead to protect yourself from the elements.
  4. Secure a tarp to a tree to create a make-shift hammock.
  5. Make a tent by tying a line between two trees and hanging a tarp over it. Then secure the tarp to the ground.

Hunting

  1. In a survival situation, you may not have a fishing pole handy. You can easily use the inner threads of Paracord to create a makeshift fishing pole with a stick and a hook.
  2. With the inner strings, you can create a hinting snare.
  3. You can use Paracord to affix a knife to a branch and create a hunting spear.
  4. Use Paracord to tie up your hunt to easily clean and gut.
  5. Using the inner strands, you can make a fishing net.
  6. Lash Paracord across the top of a pit trap and cover it with leaves or loose plants.
  7. If you have branches available, you can create a bow using the inner string.

Fire

  1. If you need to start a fire, you can make a bow drill with paracord and a stick.
  2. You can pull apart the inner strands and make them fluffy to assist with starting a fire.

Food

  1. Food Suspension. You can hang food from a tree.
  2. Cure Meat. Hang meat to cure with Paracord.
  3. Catch Water. Tie a line of Paracord from a water catchment system to a bag or bottle.  The water will flow down the line and into the bag or bottle.
  4. Dry Herbs. Bundle your herbs or vegetables and tie Paracord around them.  Hang them to dry.
  5. Create a primitive tripod to use for cooking or hanging pots or cups over a campfire by tying off the top section of 3 branches.

 

 


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First Aid

  1. Emergency Tourniquet.
  2. In a survival situation, you may not have access to a suture kit. If you’re smart, you’ll invest in one to include in your BOB, EDC, or GHB.  However, if you have a large open wound that needs to be closed, you can do so with Paracord.  This should only be a temporary solution until you can get proper medical attention. Using the inner threads, and then separating those into a single strand, you can stitch up an open wound.
  3. Create a sling with Paracord for a broken arm or shoulder injury.
  4. Pull someone out of a hole.
  5. Make a stretcher using whole paracord and thick branches.

Transportation

  1. Sometimes it’s easier to drag heavier items behind you.
  2. In a survival situation, you can use it to tie up wood as you’re gathering it to easily carry back to camp.
  3. Tow Rope. ATVs, light cars, and snowmachines can be towed with Paracord.
  4. If you’re traveling in the dark, you can tie people together to keep them from getting lost. This is also great if you’re traveling with kids.
  5. You can make a pair of improvised snowshoes with Paracord.

Security

  1. Use it to tie up someone’s hands, as a make-shift handcuff.
  2. Tie a person to a tree.
  3. String the inner strings across a trail or other path to create a tripwire.
  4. You can create a trip wire by attaching cans or anything that will make noise when it moves.
  5. Make a Whip.

Camping

  1. In a survival situation, drying your clothes can easily be achieved by creating a clothesline.
  2. Tie it around your pants where your boots meet to help keep bugs out.
  3. You can use Paracord to create a makeshift seat in the wilderness. Just lash a long log horizontally between two trees.
  4. Mark a Trail. Because it’s available in many colors, you can use it to mark a trail as well.  Just keep in mind that others will be able to see it, not just you.
  5. Tie Paracord to a wood piece and then tie it to a tree to make an old-fashioned swing. If you’re using the most popular Paracord, 550, you know it will hold the weight.
  6. If you don’t have any additional wick for your oil lamp, you can use the inner strands of a Paracord.
  7. You can braid the entire cord to create your own hammock.
  8. Hang a solar shower.
  9. Tie a light overhead in your tent or from a tree at camp.

Garden

  1. Hang mesh frames to assist with propagating plants in your survival garden.
  2. Hang buckets to extend your growing area.
  3. Create a fence using the whole paracord to keep larger animals out.
  4. Tie Paracord around your plants and to stakes to assist with growing.

Misc.

  1. You can lash logs together and make a raft.
  2. Make a sling that can be used to throw rocks.
  3. Hang loose gear on your pack easily with paracord.
  4. Tie knots at specific lengths and use it to measure distance.
  5. Because it has a strength weight of 550 pounds, you can safely use it to rappel down a cliff side.
  6. Easily create a lasso with Paracord.
  7. Tie knots and drag it through the barrel.
  8. If there’s a notch in a tree or a place where you can toss a line over the branches, you can create a pully system for heavy objects.
  9. You can make guy lines with it for sailing.
  10. Use it to assist you in climbing cliffs or trees.
  11. If you have a hole in a boat, you can melt the outer nylon strands and create a seal.

 

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