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.
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.