Paracord Uses: How To Actually Use Your Survival Paracord

Paracord Uses: How To Actually Use Your Survival Paracord
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Paracord Uses

The Ultimate Guide to Paracord Uses For Survival

Name one survival item with more uses than some high-quality survival paracord.

Go ahead, I’ll wait…

Done? Well, I bet the first items that came to mind were a good survival knife, a survival hatchet, multi-tool or duct tape; and you’d be right. However, today I’m going to argue that paracord belongs in this “many uses” category as well.

When left intact, paracord has lots of important survival uses and if you unweave the threads of the cord, the number paracord uses grow. Honestly, the real number of paracord uses is only limited by our lack of imagination.

In this article, we are going to cover the 35 best survival paracord uses.

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A Couple Of “Must Know” Paracord Knots

Before you can use your paracord effectively in a survival situation, you must learn a few knots. Here are the basics ones you should learn.

Figure 8 KnotFigure Eight –

Tie an “8” in the paracord. To do this, make a loop over your anchor such as a tree, carabineer, or another piece of paracord. Then wrap the tail of the cord under the anchor then back through the first loop. Pull it tight.
Clove Hitch

Clove Hitch

Wrap one end of the paracord all the way around the object until secured. Allow the cord to crossover itself the second time and thread the working end under the last wrap around.
Round Turn 1 1-2 Hitches

Round Turn and 2 1/2 Hitches

Wrap working end of paracord around the hitch twice. Then under the anchored end and back over itself. Repeat and thread over the anchor cord and over itself.

Girth KnotGirth Knot –

Place paracord behind resting object it’s secured to. Fold the cord over that object and feed it back through itself until tight.

Slip KnotSlipknot –

Make a loop in the paracord crossing the cord under itself, creating a loop. Reach your hand through the loop and pull the paracord partially back through the loop. Then pull on the loop you just pulled through and the ends of the cord in opposite directions.

Constrictor KnotConstrictor Knot

Wrap the paracord around a branch once. Then crossing over the anchor cord and back over the branch. The working end then threads upwards between itself and the branch.

Timber HitchTimber Hitch –

Wrap the braided paracord around the object being hauled. Tuck the working under the anchored end, then back over the anchor. The working end then needs to be wrapped around itself three times. Pull working end until tight.
Cobra Knot

Cobra Knot

Make a loop with the paracord and tie an overhand knot. Tie a half knot around the looped paracord and tighten. Repeat.

For a detailed tutorial of any of these knots (plus hundreds of more knots) I recommend you check out

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Emergency Paracord Uses

Emergency Paracord Uses

Let’s cover the emergency paracord uses first as they are the most important to your survival.

1 – Sutures:

Becoming severly wounded in the wilderness is as life threatening as it gets (especially if not quickly treated).

Many injuries have no quick and easy solutions, like open deep wounds and severe lacerations. You become injured something as small as falling on a dead branch or as extreme as an animal attack.

But when professional medical attention isn’t an option, you have to get creative to survive. Often the only real option to decrease the risk of serious infection and massive blood loss is to stitch up the wound.

In these extreme emergencies, you can use the inner threads of your paracord as sutures. Only use these sutures until you are able to make it to advanced medical care.

Here’s How…

The inner strands of paracord are both small enough and strong enough to close a wound in an emergency.

Pull the outer threads away from the paracord casing exposing the internal strands. Now pull out a few of these strands, the longer, the better. Now, thread a suture needle leaving a long tail of paracord strand remaining.

Your first suture will begin in the middle of the wound. Use a good set of hemostats (if you have them with your survival medical kit) and hold the threaded needle to maintain sterilization. About a half of centimeter from the wound opening, push the threaded needle head into the skin.

The needle will exit through the wound. Readjust the hemostats and thread the needle from the inside of the wound to the opposite side of the wound from where you began. Pull the thread through the wound leaving a small tail of thread out from the original entry position.

Take the suture thread with the needle and wrap it around the hemostat head twice. With the hemostat grab the tail of the thread and pull it through itself. Allow the two loops of thread on the hemostat to fall, making a knot.

Pull the thread until the edges of the skin are touching, not overlapping. Continue this process beginning in the middle of each suture, working in halves.

Here’s a 10-minute video giving you the basics of suture instruction.

2 – Splint:

Besides open wounds and lacerations, you may run into muscle, bone or joint injuries. Pain from such injuries vary in degrees of severity, but the worst cases will leave you 100% immobilized.

Although not immediately life-threatening, a muscle, bone, or joint injury can hinder a rescue. This raises the severity of your situation by exposing you to the risk of hypothermia, heat exhaustion, or dehydration.

Instead of giving up, use some paracord to splint the injury and control the pain. Hopefully its just enough to find your way out to safety and to receive advance medical attention. Instead of being left immobile and in the harsh wilderness alone.

Here’s How…

Lay out some soft material (jacket, shirt or socks) under the limb you want to splint. This soft material is primarily needed for cushioning.

Then lay out a hard object such a walking stick to keep the injured limb stable.

Wrap the paracord around the injured limb, cushioning material, and your chosen hard object. Tie a knot tight enough for a secure hold, but not tight enough to limit blood flow.

For a joint injury, tie the knots above and below the injured joint. For bone injuries, tie knots on the above and below joints. Braid or double/triple up on the cord for added strength.

3 – Sling:

Based on the location of your injury you may need a sling to control the movement of your injured arm or shoulder. This will provide similar protection as the splint but as some injuries can not be splinted a sling may be your best option.

A sling will provide limited movement allowing you to make it to safety with less pain and further damage to your injury.

Like the splint, you should use a jacket or something soft for comfort and a straight stick or ruler for stability.

Use the paracord to tie a slip knot around the wrist, including the jacket and stick. Pull the paracord back behind the neck and secure it to the elbow in the same way as the wrist. Place another piece of cloth under the paracord on the neck to prevent rubbing and irritation. Increase strength by braiding or double/triple up on the cord.

Here’s a video showing the splinting process using cravats. The process is the same just use paracord instead of cravats.

Cravats are preferred to paracord but in a wilderness survival emergency you likely won’t have cravats, but you should have paracord.

4 – Makeshift Stretcher:

When there are broken bones or severe illness and walking is not an option you’ll need to make a paracord stretcher.

Why wouldn’t you just come back with help instead of moving the victim?

Because if at all possible, you should never leave someone on their own or split up a group in the wild. If you leave an injured person, the risk for dehydration, hypothermia, heat exhaustion or animal attack increases.

These symptoms will eventually lead to delusions and poor decisions. Instead, with a makeshift paracord stretcher you may be able to keep moving as a group.

Here’s How…

Find the middle of your paracord and measure out 5 lengths each direction. You should have a total of 10 lengths.

This should look like a slithering snake or many flatted “S” shapes strung together. This will become the part the injured will be laying on.

With the extra piece of paracord, tie each of lengths creating a loop using a clove hitch (remember the important knots we discussed earlier). Thread the rest of the paracord through the loops and tie the end back to the body of the stretcher.

If you have poles that are the same length of the stretcher, use that instead of paracord for stability. If not, weaving the paracord through the loops will be enough. In order to add strength, braid or double/triple up on the cord.

Here’s a web page showing what this process looks like.

Also, here’s a quick video showing you what the final product should look like if not using poles or sticks for sides.

5 – Tourniquet:

In an extreme circumstance of uncontrollable bleeding, cutting your limb off to survive may be the only option. With arterial injuries or bleeding that won’t stop, a tourniquet is the absolute last resort.

I’d rather have a rapid application tourniquet to stop blood flow, but paracord can do it if that’s all you have. You must act fast to reduce your chances of bleeding out.

Here’s How…

Braid the paracord into a 1 – 1/2 inch width, with any lesser width you risk skin laceration and infection.

Likely time is of the essence so it’s imperative that you can braid paracord quickly.

Wrap the paracord around the limb above the wound and tie a knot. Now insert a stick through the knot. Turn the stick and tighten the tourniquet until the bleeding slows and stops. Now tie off the stick to hold the tourniquet pressure steady without having to hold onto it with your hands.

6 – Rescue Line (drowning/ quicksand):

In the case of a water or quicksand drowning scenario, time is of the essence.

A water rescue may become necessary while fishing, crossing a river, or walking on thin ice. Or there are times when quicksand is completely undetectable until it is too late.

To keep yourself or your friends safe use this paracord rescue line technique. It will keep you far enough away from the danger yourself and provide the necessary leverage to pull a victim to safety.

Here’s How…

Tie a figure eight knot in your paracord, steady your stance and toss the line towards the victim.

If the victim is in moving water, try tying an object to something that floats such as a log, cooler lid, or lifejacket. This will also give you some weight, helping the line get out to your victim.

Always throw the line 1-2 meters upstream of a person in moving water to ensure they can reach the line. *For added strength, braid or double/triple up on the cord.

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paracord monkey fist key chainSelf Defense Paracord Uses

Self Defense Paracord Uses

Being able to defense oneself or your family is a high priority for any serious survivalist. Here are the top self-defense paracord uses you should take the time to learn.

7 – Tripwire:

Not only should you protect yourself from nature’s elements but from deadly predators as well. These predators can be of either the animal or human variety, but both CAN and WILL threaten your safety.

With a trip wire, you can temporarily disorient an intruder allowing you enough time to protect yourself from the threat.

Use the inner threads of your paracord. These threads are strong but are harder to spot than the exterior color of the paracord’s outer casing. Now tie the threads tightly between two trees at shin height.

Ideally, place them in the exact location you anticipate an intruder to travel through. This needs to be no more than a foot above the ground. If there are no trees in the general location, use two boulders or use two spikes hammered into the ground.

8 – Tripwire Alarm (Primitive):

This is an alternative method to the basic tripwire. Use this tripwire as a perimeter of your camp to alert you of intruders to protect yourself and valuable belongings. This is extremely important during times of rest and minimal visibility environments like night or severe weather. Because these are the times that you are most vulnerable.

A simple addition to this tripwire is using Sentry Tactical Trip Wire Alarms. Just add a .22 caliber bullet to these and when the wire trips it will make a loud BANG.

Here’s a good video detailing a good tripwire alarm setup.

9 – Restraints/Handcuffs:

If you must restrain someone who wants to hurt you or your family, it may be a good idea to tie them up. When supplies are limited, (such as TEOTWAWKI) people’s ethics are tested and everyone starts fighting for their own survival.

At this time, decisions and actions are for themselves only, causing threats to grow.

Here’s How…

Braid your cord to 1 ½ inch thickness. Create two loops of the same size. Then overlap the loops and thread each loop into each other. Insert the intruder’s hands or feet and tighten.

10 – Bore Snake for Firearm:

Keeping the barrel of your firearm clean is essential for accurate shooting.

If your gun is exposed to the elements, rain or snow, dropped in the dirt or shot, residue in the barrel can alter a bullet’s trajectory causing you to miss. When your food supply and safety depends on your gun working properly, a bore snake made from your paracord is a good solution.

Here’s How…

Cut a piece of paracord that is double the length of your firearm. At one end, tie knots 1-3 inches apart until you have used up two-thirds of the paracord. If your firearm has a wide barrel, you’ll need to make double or triple knots.

Feed the blunt end of the paracord through the barrel. The paracord knots squeezing through the barrel will pull out any dirt and debris with them. The key is sizing the knots properly so they don’t slide through easily. There should be some tight resistance.

11 – Stone Throwing Sling:

It’s possible to get trapped in the wilderness longer than you anticipated due to weather, illness or becoming lost. Maybe your survival pack accidently fall off of a cliff, float downstream or be stolen; Stuff Happens. But if you wore a paracord belt or bracelet, you’ll have enough paracord to fashion a makeshift stone throwing sling.

It’s an impressive survival device with flexibility to be used both as a weapon or hunting. The paracord stone throwing sling is a solid multipurpose tool for wilderness survival.

All you need is some paracord, a strip of leather or fabric, and a stone.

Here’s How…

Start by cutting your paracord roughly 2 ½ feet long. Then cut your leather or fabric about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. This is used for holding your stone. Pre-soak your leather, wrap a stone in it and let it dry. This will create a pocket for the stone to sit in.

You will need to add a hole on each end of your leather where you will tie your cord. Grab your cord and on one of them tie a bowline knot with a loop roughly the size of your thumb. Then tie the other end of this piece to one side of the leather you have cut.

With your second precut cord, cut tie it on the opposite side of the leather and then three overhand knots at the end of that line.

Your new stone throwing sling is now complete and practice can begin. Loop around your thumb, rock in the leather, and the other end of the rope in the palm of your hand.

Here’s a step by step video instruction on how to make a survival sling out of your paracord cord.

12 – Monkey Fist:

Attacks on your camp are highly likely when TEOTWAWKI occurs. Supplies and resources are limited and you must be prepared to defend yourself, interests, and home.

If firearms are no longer available you must find alternative options. With paracord and the knowledge of knots, you can make the perfect paracord weapon. A monkey fist can be used from a distance creating space between you and the threat adding additional safety.

As far back as the early 1800’s the Monkey Fist has been used for protection as a weapon. Once the skill of tying the monkey fist is mastered this can be a simple device to create.

Here’s How…

You will need three things. Paracord, a round object of any size, and something sharp to cut the paracord.

When determining how long you want to cut your paracord, you need to decide what it will be used for and what round object you will be using. Marbles or small rocks will work to create your decorative piece. If it is being used as a weapon, a bigger rock or steel ball may be used needing more paracord. Adjust accordingly.

For our purposes, you will need 4-5 feet. Start by wrapping the cord around two fingers loosely with your fingers spread out creating empty space between the cords. Do this four times then change directions.

Then wrap it another four times going the opposite direction creating an X. Make sure you are keeping the dead space within that X and your two fingers. Once you have done this, insert the marble.

You will now wrap the marble four more times going the only direction around the marble you have not gone. This time, though you wrap between the fingers going around the marble instead of around your fingers like before.

You are now creating the final step of covering the marble before you begin to SLOWLY tighten the cord. You should have an even amount of wraps from all angles. For our marble, it is four wraps in all three directions.

Slowly start tightening the cord. Continue this evenly until you can no longer tighten the cord.
Use the excess cord to attach your monkey fist to your predetermined object. This will take patience and possibly multiple attempts. Remember practice makes perfect.

Here’s a full video tutorial on how to make a giant monkey fist using a pool ball.

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Hunter Gatherer Paracord UsesHunter & Gatherer Paracord Uses

We all know food is essential for long-term survival. Paracord can help assist in this challenging wilderness endeavor. Here are a few of the best hunting and gathering paracord uses.

13 – Fishing Net:

A quick and efficient way to help catch a lot of fish is utilizing a fishing net. A fish net increases your odds of scooping fish and grabbing them before they shake line.

Here’s How…

Cut your paracord the length you want your net to be, about 5-15 feet works well. Separate the inner strands from the outer sheath.

Place the outer sheath horizontally and the inner threads vertically. Attach them at the corners, where the sheath and the inner threads meet.

Tie the inner strands to the sheath on both side, 2 inches apart. Do the same thing same thing in the opposite direction. This time, create a quick knot every time you overlap another strand until you are done.

14 – Fishing Line:

When you find yourself in the wilderness, out of prepackaged food and hungry, you will need to resort to other sources for calories. If you’re near a lake, river or stream all you need is some fishing line, bait, skill and a boat load of patience.

Here’s How…

Remove the inner threads. Tie the ends of the threads together using a bend knot to create your desired length. Use a stick and source a soda can and use the tab to make a hook. Toss your line out and start drowning some worms.

Toss your line out and hope for the best.

15 – Trotline for Fishing:

Fishing is often extremely time-consuming with little reward. For example, fishing with a stick and line requires you to sit and watch the line with the real possibility of getting skunked.

However, a trotline can increase the odds of catching more fish over a period of time and doesn’t require your full attention. A simple trot line left overnight with multiple hooks can be rewarding with minimal energy exerted and less time wasted.

Here’s How…

Use the same method as you would create the fishing line. Then tie small drop lines, “trots” with hooks attached, 2-3 feet apart. Tie the line to two points over the water.

16 – Fish Stringer:

Maybe you found a honey hole where the fish are hitting left and right but you need to stock up to ensure you save some the food for an extended period of time.

You need something to carry all those fish back to camp or maybe you want to keep them alive in the water while you continue to haul the fish in.

This is when you need a fish stringer. With some paracord, you can create a makeshift fish stringer to hold all your fish.

Here’s How…

Based on the amount of paracord you have, you may want to use the outer sheath of the paracord instead of the entire cord.

Tie one end of the sheath to a rock, then make a slip knot through the first fishes gills then for the rest, just slide them on stopping when they hit the first fish.

17  – Hanging Food/Game:

When camping in the wilderness there will be other hungry wildlife around. Or maybe you’ve just dropped a deer and nightfall is approaching quickly.

Either way, your primary concern is keeping hungry predators coming in and stealing your food. The strength and versatility of your survival paracord will help you to get your animal up off the ground.

This will help to keep your game out of the reach of thieving animals and maybe even out of sight of thieving people.

Here’s How…

Scout out where you will want to store your food and determine the length of paracord needed. The length or the cord will need to be at least twice as long as the height of the sturdy limb.

Throw your paracord over the limb and tie your food to it. Pull the other end until the food is safely in the trees and secure the rope to another limb or the trees trunk.

This is the same method used for hanging game for a butcher. The difference is how you tie the game.

A strong limb is needed to put between the hind legs to ensure the game cools properly. Then tie your slip knot around each end of the leg to hold the game head down for dressing. *For strength, braid or double/triple up on the cord.

18 – Snare/Trap:

Another low energy, time-saving survival technique for gathering food is setting out animal snares.

Snares are best used in high numbers. Using multiples will increase your odds of catching your next meal while not excreting any extra energy.

Snares are typically set out in the late afternoon in active areas such as game trails, feeding area, or water holes. Then they do all the work overnight while you sleep and replenish your energy.

Note: Often times it will take a couple of days to snare wild game due to residual scent you leave behind. After a couple of days, that scent will dissipate improving your odds of snagging a meal.

Here’s How…

To create one of these, all you need is your paracord, a rock, and a few sticks. Tie a slipknot using the inner strands of the paracord. These will need to be set small enough for your targeted animal’s neck.

Attach the slipknot to the hook and the hook to the leader line. You can also use your inner strands as the leader line attached to the tree sapling used for tension.

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Traveling Paracord Uses

Traveling Paracord Uses

Traveling and survival go hand in hand. Often times staying put is the worst thing you can do in survival; depending upon the specific situation. So if you’ve determined that travel is necessary these paracord uses may come in handy.

19 – Snow Shoes:

We all know the weather is unpredictable. You may someday find yourself in terrible weather without appropriate gear. For example, hiking in deep snow is difficult, especially without proper footwear.

With each step, you’ll sink deep into the snow wasting tons of energy. This is called post-holing and slow going and brutal.

To make moving across deep snow easier and preserving precious energy, snowshoes are the answer.

Here’s How…

First, gather four branches at least 4 inches longer than your foot and 10 branches that are 4 inches wider than your foot. Lay the four long branches parallel to each other on each side of your foot, this is the outer framework.

Step out of the long branches and place five of the small branches connecting each of the long parallel branches. Place one connecting the top, the bottom, across the center, top half, and bottom half.

Tie the intersecting branches together with constrictor knots. Weave the paracord around each of the shoe foundations in a criss–cross pattern. Tie loops on the top that will fit your foot snuggly.

Now, you’re all set for the snow to come in.

20 – Tether Yourself to Your Bug Out Bag:

In the wilderness or TEOTWAWKI, you’ll need to make sure that your bug out bag can’t be taken from you either by accident or by force.

So by tethering yourself to your bug out bag, you limit the chances of theft. In survival situations, ethics are tested and valuable survival gear is an easy target.

Here’s How…

The type of pack you have will determine how and where you tie your pack to yourself, but a basic figure eight knot should do the trick. Simple but effective.

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21 – Trail Markers:

You increase your odds of getting lost when traveling outside of the safety of your campsite.

Even if you have a great sense of direction, a pop-up storm or accident can happen and increase the chances of getting lost or disorientated.

Here’s How…

Use small strips of paracord and tie them to branches at eye level. This will help you retrace your steps and return safely back to camp. You can then use these smaller bits of paracord for zipper pulls or as tinder for fire starting.

22 – Across Stream Guide:

Don’t let a stream detour you from a path you need to follow. Use paracord to assist in crossing a high or fast moving stream safely.

First, tie the paracord around the first person who is crossing the river first using a bowline. If you have enough cord to easily make it across, tie the other end to a sturdy tree. Once the first person makes it across, they untie the paracord from themselves and tie it to a tree on the other side. Then the second person unties it from the tree and tied it around themselves.

This method keeps from putting both people at risk at the same time.

However, if there is not enough cord to reach across, the next best option is to tie the cord to each other and slowly make your way across together. If one falls, hopefully, the other person can stay up and “catch them”. However, it may be risky as the first person falling may be too much to handle and both parties end up being swept away.

*For strength, braid or double/triple up on the cord.

Not much changes with a single person scenario except the before crossing the river the paracord is first tied to the tree. As a single person crossing, you will have to leave your tied off paracord rope behind but it may be worth it if the stream is extremely dangerous to cross without it.

23 -Create a raft:

Image that heavy rains have fallen over the past two days. You’ve been in the backcountry and are now working your way back to your vehicle. The stream you crossed a few days earlier was only ankle deep, but is now well above wading depth.

Temperatures are plummeting towards freezing. There is no way you can risk staying out in the weather overnight. So it’s time to make a raft.

Using the paracord you have on you, a few logs laying on the shore, and a couple well-tied knots is all you need. With these wilderness items, you can create the raft needed to cross this river and get you back on the path home.

Here’s How…

Find five wooden logs about one foot in diameter. Find four thick branches strong enough to secure the logs together. These branches will also need to be about 8 inches longer than the width of the logs side by side.

Place the logs side by side and a foot from the top and bottom of the logs sandwich the logs between two of the branches. *For strength, braid or double/triple up on the cord.

24 – Hauling (Dragging Gear, Timber Hitch):

You are out snowmobiling when the snowmobile breaks down. Let’s say you’re a few miles from camp and are forced to make the hike back before sundown.

The problem is you have essential gear on your snowmobile that you can’t leave behind. The paracord in your pocket comes to mind.

Once again with a few simple, efficient knots and braids to strengthen the rope, you will be able to haul or drag your gear back to camp before dark.

The key to hauling gear, supplies and objects are the proper cord strength. Increase the strength by braiding the paracord. Use the appropriate knot for the object you will be hauling, usually using a timber hitch for heavy hauling tasks.

25 – Hold More Survival Gear:

Your friend broke his leg and you’ve splinted it with paracord, but how is going to haul his gear out to safety. He’s not, you are.

In this situation, you can carry all of the extra gear back. You just need to adjust your gear load to be able to carry more than you normally do.

Using a sequence of knots, smart braiding  techniques, and secure wrapping of paracord; anything can be secured to an object to hold more than originally designed.

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Everyday Survival Paracord Uses

Everyday Survival Paracord Uses

Here’s the “other” survival paracord uses that didn’t fit into the previous categories. However, they’re still extremely useful to learn.

26 – Secure A Tent / Tarp / Hammock:

All you need to create a simple shelter is a lightweight tarp and some paracord.

Thread the paracord through the eyelets of the tarp. Secure the paracord between two trees like structures using a bowline knot. Or drape a tarp over secured paracord for shelter.

Or the tarp can be tied end to end between two trees to make a simple hammock. Remember, for extra strength, you can always double up your line or braid it.

27 – Bow Drill:

The night is fast upon you, and it’s both cold and damp. You’ve lost your steel and flint, you need an effective way to make fire.

Bow drilling, with practice, can save you from risky cold related illnesses.

Cut notches in the branch about an inch from each of the ends. Use slip knots to attach the paracord to the bow. The notches created will be perfect for keeping the paracord secure while you use the bow.

28 – Repair Torn Clothing:

Imagine you’re out on a long hike when you slip and fall. You begin to slide down the trail until you come to an abrupt stop. Fortunately, you’re ok , but you the waterproof pants you’re wearing has a six-inch tear.

That tear is letting moisture in. The handy paracord in your pack can easily be used to sew that tear up.

Use the thread from inside the paracord. Thread your makeshift needle and whip stitch the shut the tear.

29 – Emergency Belt/Bracelet:

A belt or bracelet braided together acts as a lightweight emergency kit ready at a moments notice.

Use a cobra knot to create the perfect length belt or bracelet. Just slip the paracord through the end of a buckle before knotting.

Making a paracord bracelet is one of the most popular survival paracord projects.

30 – Make A Strong Rope:

Any time you’re out enjoying the great outdoors you should always try to pack light. No one wants to pack lots of heavy rope. Paracord is both lightweight and strong; plus it takes up much less space than traditional rope.

It can acts as the heavy rope when combined with braiding techniques.

Use the cobra stitch or other series of knots with a paracord to create one extremely strong rope out of several strands of paracord.

31 – Rope Ladder:

There are times you may find yourself in need some extra elevation. In these cases, a paracord rope ladder can solve the problem.

Maybe you want to snag a few eggs out of a nest, or shimmy up a tree to hunt from, or cross a canyon or crevasse.

Get two lengths of paracord, each one and a half times the height you want the ladder. Find sturdy branches that are 8-12 in long for the rungs.

Lay out both pieces of paracord parallel to each other. They should be close enough together that they overlap the branches two inches on each side. Lay the rungs out at the desired distance apart from each other.

Use constrictor knots to tie the paracord to each of the rungs. Tie the top of the ladder to the desired location using a bowline knot if possible. *For strength, braid or double/triple up on the cord.

32 – Pet Collar / Leash:

Maybe you rushed out the door for your weekly hike with man’s best friend only to arrive at the trailhead without a leash. But you have paracord!

For single strands of paracord be careful not to choke your pet due to how thin the paracord is. Braided paracord is much safer to use as a leash or collar.

33 – Shoelaces /Replace Broken Drawstrings:

We’ve all experienced a broken shoe lace. But let’s say you’re four days into a two-week hunting trip. Paracord to the rescue!

Simply remove your broken lace and measure the length of your paracord. Next, use a lighter to melt the ends to prevent fraying. Replace paracord as shoe laces.

34 – Hang Tools From Belt:

When in survival mode you’ll want to multitask. A tool belt is a great option for hands-free safety and security.

Everyday tasks like gathering food and defending yourself often requires several tools. With a paracord belt, you can use one tool while having the others in arms reach.

Cut pieces of paracord, about the diameter of your wrist. Wrap the piece around your belt loop and tie with a simple knot.

35 – Dental Floss:

Maybe you’re in the wilderness and chomping on some homemade jerky. The jerky decides to find a happy home between the two furthest back molars. What would you be willing to pay for a bit of dental floss right about now?

Use the internal strands to maintain good dental hygiene. Long-term survival without a dentist can turn a simple cavity into a serious dental complication.

Paracord Uses Are Only Worthwhile If You Own Paracord and Practice

As always, practice paracord uses often and before you are in a situation where your survival is at risk. Time practiced is never wasted when prepping for emergencies.

Paracord allows you to lessens your total pack weight when in the outdoors. Less pack weight increases your ability to get out of dangerous situations and limits your need for bulkier supplies that may slow you down.

If there’s one thing you can do today to make you much safer tomorrow, it’s to get some survival paracord and add it to your everyday carry supplies.

Also, having one of these Paracord Grenades will put about 12 feet of high-quality paracord in your hands and a total of 10 critical survival tools along with it.

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  1. Emil Leum says

    I am a 30 yr., USArmy, ret., disabled veteran, suffering with PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries, I have turned to working with the Healing Waters organization, now teaching, fly tying, casting, and fly fishing; we regularly take veterans, up into the mountain rivers up in TN, and NC, often camping out in remote areas, and have relied upon Paracords for so many uses, but, you have offered many uses, that, I did not know about, thank you,
    MSG Leum/John

    • Just In Case Jack says

      Glad we could provide you a few new paracord uses! I wouldn’t have guessed that would have been possible based upon your experience.
      So thanks for the kind words.

  2. says

    Wow, who knew you could do all those things with paracord! Now I just have to figure out a way to remember all those knots when I am in the wilderness! -Alicia

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