While reading random survival blogs, I kept noticing one particular item was mentioned over and over: paracord
Oh, it looks like ordinary nylon rope, the sort you might find in the bargain bin at the hardware store. But true paracord is much, much more.
Originally, paracord was the rope the military used in the suspension lines on parachutes during WWII. One strand can withstand 550 pounds of pressure, yet it is relatively lightweight. The weave used in creating paracord in complex. And at the core are finer threads which in themselves are incredibly strong and can be used for sewing, stitching, or for fishing line.
Paracord can now be found in polyester, but the original nylon is still the preferred fiber.
Military and law enforcement still consider paracord an essential part of their gear. It is considered a useful survival tool that can mean the difference between life and death. A simple woven survival bracelet made from paracord enables you to carry several feet of parachute cord with you at all times, ready to be used in an emergency. It is ideal for camping, boating, hunting, hiking, and much more. The cord can be used for anything requiring great strength & durability. However, you can’t use it if you’re not carrying it. Wearing a bracelet or a belt made of paracord is the best way to have it on hand without it taking up much space. In an emergency, it can be unwoven within minutes.
Some uses for your paracord include:
- Tying down a tent
- Hanging clothes to dry
- Replacing broken boot laces
- Securing a boat to a pier
- Making a bow string
- Walking a dog
- Securing shelter
- Starting a fire
- Using it for a tourniquet
- Marking a trail
- Weaving a bottle holder
- Using it for zipper pulls
- Flossing your teeth (center threads)
- Mending a tear
- Securing a makeshift arrow to a spear
- Hanging food in a bear safe tree
- Repairing a strap on a kayak
- Setting up fish nets snares/traps
- Fashioning a fishing line
- Repairing a backpack
- Fastening a first aid bandage
- Stitching a wound
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