Paracord: The Most Versatile Item in Your Bug-Out Bag
by TESS PENNINGTON
June 13, 2012
No fashion accessory says "prepper" more than a paracord bracelet. With that around your wrist, you have at least 10 feet of 550 pound test rope. The cord is made of many tiny strands and can also be unravelled if a thinner cord is necessary.
Paracord, according to Wikipedia, is a "light weight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachute during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians."
The question isn't "What can you do with paracord?" It's "What can't you do with paracord?"
Here are some ideas for what paracord can be used for. Some of these would use the cord in its entirety, while others would call for the cord to be unravelled with single strands being called into duty.
50 Ways to Utilize Paracord in a Survival Situation
1. Bear bag
3. Bow drill for fire starting
5. Dental floss
6. Dog collar
7. Fish stringer
8. Fishing line
9. Hair tie
13. Handle on an improvised weapon
14. Key fob
18. Pulley system
19. Rappelling (Only in extreme emergency - not designed for this)
20. Repairing broken equipment
21. Repairing flip flops or sandals
22. Repairing torn clothing
23. Replacement drawstring for bags or clothing
24. Replacement handle for bags or totes
25. Replacement hardware for doors or drawers
26. Replacement shoelaces
27. Rifle sling
28. Rope ladder
29. Secure an animal by tying it to something
30. Secure a tent or shelter
31. Secure outdoor items during a windstorm
36. Snowshoe assembly using branches and paracord
37. Stitch a wound or repair tore clothing
38. Stretcher for an injured or ill person
40. Tie down items to a vehicle roof rack
41. Tie on a splint
42. Tie things to your belt or belt loops
43. Tie up an intruder
45. Tow rope
46. Travois for hauling supplies
48. Water filter
50. Zipper pull
You're really only limited by your own creativity.
Speaking of creativity, paracord bracelets can be ordered from Amazon, but it's simple and fun to make your own. This video shows you how to tie the cobra knot to create your own bracelet. Once you've mastered the basic knot, there's no need to stop with bracelets: you can create belts, hatbands or key fobs to be sure that you always have this vital survival element close at hand!
FamilySecurityMatters.org Contributor Tess Pennington is the founder of Ready Nutrition.com. A former Red Cross employee whose chapter managed successfully, due to preparedness, the aftermath of 9/11, she was also raised by a prepper who was prepared for everything, beer fridge included.
The information provided is intended to give suggestions of what one may do in an evacuation situation as well as to suggest that people use the information provided by media sources and use their own sound judgement to make a decision to evacuate a city. This post in no way advises people not to listen to their local governments or relative news sources. It only suggests that people use the information provided by media sources and to leave when they believe it is pertinent.