Paracord: The Most Versatile Item In Your Bug-Out Bag

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
  2. Belt
  3. Bow drill for fire starting
  4. Clothesline
  5. Dental floss
  6. Dog collar
  7. Fish stringer
  8. Fishing line
  9. Hair tie
  10. Hammock
  11. Handcuffs
  12. Hatband
  13. Handle on an improvised weapon
  14. Key fob
  15. Lanyard
  16. Leash
  17. Net
  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
  32. Shoelaces
  33. Sling
  34. Slingshot
  35. Snare
  36. Snowshoe assembly using branches and paracord
  37. Stitch a wound or repair tore clothing
  38. Stretcher for an injured or ill person
  39. Suspenders
  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
  44. Tourniquet
  45. Tow rope
  46. Travois for hauling supplies
  47. Tripwire
  48. Water filter
  49. Watchband
  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!



The Prepper's Blueprint

Tess Pennington is the author of The Prepper’s Blueprint, a comprehensive guide that uses real-life scenarios to help you prepare for any disaster. Because a crisis rarely stops with a triggering event the aftermath can spiral, having the capacity to cripple our normal ways of life. The well-rounded, multi-layered approach outlined in the Blueprint helps you make sense of a wide array of preparedness concepts through easily digestible action items and supply lists.

Tess is also the author of the highly rated Prepper’s Cookbook, which helps you to create a plan for stocking, organizing and maintaining a proper emergency food supply and includes over 300 recipes for nutritious, delicious, life-saving meals. 

Visit her web site at for an extensive compilation of free information on preparedness, homesteading, and healthy living.

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Originally published June 7th, 2012
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