Paracord: A Survival Necessity

Paracord: A Survival Necessity

One of the most useful supplies to have in any survival situation is paracord. Cordage (small-diameter rope, or a stronger twine) can be used in a million different ways. For example, cordage can be used to:


  • Tie up a shelter
  • Secure items to a backpack or vehicle
  • Hold a splint or bandage in place
  • Hang food between trees, away from animals
  • Help people cross a river
  • Make an emergency belt or strap
  • Replace shoelaces
  • Removing heavy debris or hauling
  • Create snares or traps for capturing wild game
  • Serve as a leash or lead for pets or livestock
  • Replace a damaged drawstring in a pack
  • Serve as a clothesline
  • Secure a boat to a tree or submerged anchor
  • Hang tools from your belt or around your neck


And these are just a few ideas. There are many more ways cordage can be useful.

Enter Paracord

The best form of cordage for emergencies is paracord. Paracord is the type of cordage originally developed for U.S. military parachute troops during World War II. It’s lightweight, strong, and made of nylon (which means it has a little bit of stretch). Most good-quality paracord is nicknamed “550 cord,” referring to the fact that it has a breaking strength of more than 550 pounds (250 kg).

Paracord has a few advantages over other types of rope and cordage. First, it’s a braided rope. This means that you can cut a strand and pull out the interior woven portions of the cord, which can then be pulled apart. These are highly useful for survival, as they are thin, light, and strong. Some uses of the threads from paracord include thread for sewing and line for fishing.

Paracord Bracelets and Belts

Paracord is a great thing to have with you at ALL times. But it’s somewhat of a hassle to always carry a bundle of paracord with you. Instead, we recommend you check out paracord bracelets and belts. These items can be incorporated into your daily wardrobe with a minimum of fuss. Another great way to get some paracord on your person is to replace your shoelaces. It’s easy, cheap, and useful: survival doesn’t get any better than that.


About Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson is a chief editor of The Survival Corps and an experienced survivalist who is incredibly passionate about everything survival and preparedness, be it in the great outdoors or in an urban environment.Besides his primary job functions at The Survival Corps, Dan has been recognized by the survival community for his extraordinary commitment and an insatiable desire to always achieve absolute excellence in everything that he undertakes. Being a survival expert for a very long time, Dan has acquired extensive knowledge and experience regarding preparing for camping trips, hiking, hunting and any other outdoor adventure and surviving in the wilderness. He also knows quite a lot about preparing for emergency situations in the concrete jungle when one would need either self-defense or other survival skills in various cases of crisis, such as a natural disaster. Dan’s remarkable knowledge and expertise, absolutely tireless work ethic, astonishing passion and commitment and unparalleled focus is what truly sets him apart from all the other survivalist enthusiasts. He is truly the lifeblood of The Survival Corps and we can honestly say that we wouldn’t be where we are without him. He is a professional and a true leader that anyone would love working with, both in and out of the office walls. He has an incredibly friendly and open personality and loves helping others, which is exactly where he finds constant inspiration and passion for learning more and providing people with tips and tricks for all things survival. He is curious, imaginative, creative and always puts other people first, never failing to really help them put safety in their lives. If you’re a passionate survival enthusiast, The Survival Corps is the right place for you, as Dan will never cease to amaze you with valuable information for helping you plan, prepare and survive both in the wilderness and in an urban environment.

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