Paracord. For preppers and survivalists, it can be the difference between life and death, however, if you’ve never used it before, you are likely wondering what all the fuss is about. Well, we’re here to answer that for you. Simply put, Paracord is the strongest, most versatile, most affordable cordage on the market.
Also known as 550 cord, the cordage was first used by the military on parachutes. Named 550 due to the 550 pounds of weight the cord can hold before it breaks, the paracord is comprised up of 7 inner strands to give extra strength. It also provides you with more cordage when needed for a number of situations.
13 Ways Paracord Could Save Your Life
Constructing a Shelter
Paracord can be used to build a shelter that can protect you from the elements. You can use it to tie a tarp to trees, stake the tarp or blanket to the ground or tie branches together.
Building a Fire
Building a fire in a survival situation is a no-brainer (unless you want to remain undetected. Not only does it provide heat, you can also boil water and/or cook on it. Having Paracord means that you can make the bow in a bow drill fire starting assembly. Due to Paracord being nylon, it is much more flexible than normal rope and much easier for you to move the bow back and forth.
Making a Raft
Paracord can be used to tie branches together to form a raft that can be used to fish or cross a river. Such is its strength, the raft won’t break apart while you’re floating in deep water. A bonus use is that you can use paracord to tie the raft to something and/or anchor it.
For the survivalist, being able to fish can mean the difference between eating something or starving. Whether you use the paracord or the nylon inside is up to you, but just by adding it to a stick then making a hook from a bone (or paperclip) will give you a fishing rod.
Here’s a truth bomb for you. If you find yourself in a survival situation or one that warrants your use of your prepping skills, you should also expect to have to tend to some injuries. It could be anything from a traumatic injury to a deep cut that needs to be seen to, but you will have to act as your own doctor. A paracord is a quick and easy way to make a tourniquet. All you have to do is put some sort of padding beneath the paracord and secure it.
Provide First Aid
You can also use your Paracord as a makeshift sling if you injure your arm/shoulder. It can also be used to make a splint for a leg by securing two branches to your leg to make sure it remains straight. It’s also a fantastic solution if you have to tape to secure a bandage to the wound.
Move Heavy Objects
Paracord can be used to pull objects (such a logs) back to your camp. Another benefit is to build a pulley-like system to lift heavy objects that may be blocking your path.
Paracord can be used to pull someone out of a hole or out of water. An important part of rescue is making sure you have a safe distance between you and the person you’re rescuing, just incase they pull you in with them in their panic. For this, you’ll want to use the 550 pounds full strength of the cord.
Paracord is great for making traps or snares that require some kind of cordage. If you are hunting big game, you will need the strength of paracord to keep the animal contained.
Set Up a Trip Wire
If you want to install a safe zone inside the perimeter of your camp, Paracord can be used to create a tripwire. Simply attach empty cans or a bell to the wire and if anyone (man or beast) crosses the cord, you will have some warning.
You must do what you can to keep dry at all times. Use paracord to tie plastic bags around your shoes to keep them dry when you are walking through snow and rain or secure a garbage bag to your body and style it as a poncho.
If you don’t have a backpack or your backpack is full, you can use the paracord to tie things to your body or pack. You can use a strand to tie a flashlight or other gear you need often to your belt loop or a hook on your pack.
Make a Stretcher
Use paracord to make a stretcher to carry someone who is injured. There are some situations that call for you and your party to keep moving. Just tie some branches together to make the stretcher and use the cordage to pull the stretcher along as you walk.
Whether Paracord can actually save your life is up to you and how well you know it’s uses. At the very least, it will make any situation a little easier for you and, for that alone, EVERY bug out bag should have it in them.