Yesterday, I was meeting with a buddy of mine and he saw the paracord lanyard that I keep on my keychain.
He curiously asked, “what’s the rope for?”
He did not know how useful paracord is, so I described a little history of paracord over a cold drink. I went over many of the different ways that it could be used.
During our discussion, I told him, jokingly, that you can use paracord for over 100 different things.
He laughed at me and said that if I could list off 100 ways to use paracord he would take me out to my favorite barbeque restaurant. And pickup the entire check for dinner!
What he forgot to say was that I couldn’t have help getting the list of paracord uses together. So I could use your help!
I’ve come up with a list of 83 things so far today and I need your assistance to find the other 17 and likely many more!
So, here’s the list so far: (Let me know what I missed.)
1. Use the separated inner cords for fishing line.
Separated cords can be turned into a fishing line. A few simple turns will not only create something powerful, but also you can adjust the fishing cord to the perfect length with the inner cords of the paracord.
2. Take apart the yarns of the core for emergency sewing thread.
Sewing thread in an emergency is often overlooked. The loose yarns of the paracord line will come in handy here. Not only are they thicker than loose fibers from cloth, but they are also long enough to use for a variety of emergency cuts or nicks you may have to sew up quickly.
3. Use the nylon sheath as a replacement shoe lace.
If you find you ever need shoelaces (who doesn’t during a camping trip or outdoor excursion), the nylon sheath is the perfect solution. It is thick enough to fit nearly any shoe or boot, plus it allows you to tighten a pair of shoes if you are walking for longer distances, and don’t have the means to purchase laces immediately.
4. Saggy pants are a trip hazard in a survival situation. Paracord can hold your pants up as a pair of suspenders.
If your pants are baggy, this can cause them to fall, or make them a tripping hazard if you are in a hurry.
Need a quick solution?
Suspenders can be made out of the paracord nylon, giving you a quick fix when there is no other solution.
5. Use paracord as a belt.
Like suspenders, a belt might not have been the first item you packed during a camping trip, or when you find yourself in an emergency. The paracord can also be used as a belt.
6. Paracord can be used to replace a broken sternum strap buckle.
Sternum strap buckles allow you to hold items in place. If the straps are broken, they are seamlessly useless. Why not use the paracord strap as a replacement so you can tie items down, and secure things, if you don’t have a spare buckle when it is needed.
7. Turn the paracord into an all-weather whip.
An all weather whip may come in handy in various situations. Whether you are engaging in outdoor sports, need something to tow/pull a heavy item, or need a durable cord in emergency situations, it is versatile enough to work for any of these situations. A paracord rope can do the job just as well, and doesn’t cost nearly as much as an all weather whip will.
8. Turn paracord into a snare for catching wild game.
A snare can easily be made using the paracord rope, a few sticks, and other items you find while out hunting or camping. Not every camper thinks of how they will catch food in the event they run out, or simply want to experience the great outdoors to the fullest. If this is the case, no worries; the paracord rope will do the job perfectly well.
9. The cord can be used as a bow for a bow and drill to create a fire.
Too cold out? If you are outdoor camping or ever run in to an emergency situation, the paracord rope will be the ideal solution to create bow drill. The cord is thick enough to help start the fire, and will create heat and enough friction so you won’t be there all night trying to start one.
10. Use it to fix broken straps.
Broken or torn straps? Use a paracord rope to replace them.
11. Tie up loose firewood with paracord to make it easier to carry.
Use it as a carrying strap. If you are collecting firewood, sticks, or other items to start a fire, you can bundle them all together, reducing the number of trips it will take to collect all firewood.
12. Throw someone a paracord lifeline. You know it can support their weight.
You never know when you’ll need a lifeline. If someone is in danger of falling, drowning, or otherwise needs help, the paracord is more than durable enough to pull most people’s body weight.
13. Tie down tarps with paracord. If you have a paracord bracelet, you can use that to secure the paracord to a tree.
You can secure paracords to a tree and tie down a tent using the cord. It will withstand heavy winds and rain conditions, keeping you warm and dry when you go camping.
14. Tie the paracord around someone’s limb when you need a tourniquet. This type of tourniquet will bruise the limb more than strips of cloth or a tourniquet from a medical kit, but it is sufficient to save your life and prevent bleeding out.
Need a tourniquet during a freak accident or emergency situation you never saw coming?
Sure, a paracord rope may cause some bruising, but it will at least help prevent an individual from bleeding out when you can’t get help quickly enough, or simply need to buy some more time.
15. Keep hair out of your eyes with a paracord hair tie.
For the ladies (or gentleman with longer hair), a paracord will work well as a hair tie if you forget one at home.
16. Tie paracord to the ends of your sunglasses or thread them through the holes on the sides of your glasses so that you don’t lose them.
You’re always losing glasses that you place on your head or on your shirt collar when not in use.
The simple solution – a paracord rope to tie to the ends of the glasses, so you can hang them around your neck.
17. Use paracord as a bore snake when cleaning a gun. It isn’t as good as a proper bore snake, but it is better than not cleaning the gun at all.
If you don’t have a bore snake, and need to clean a gun, a paracord rope will do. Sure, it may not be as efficient, but is better than not cleaning it at all.
18. Tie boxes down to the back of a truck.
If you don’t have a trunk in your pickup or the trunk of a car, items will move all over the place.
Quick solution, hold them in place with a paracord rope.
19. Lash poles together for a lean-to.
Need a lean-to for support? A paracord rope is durable and sturdy enough to do the trick.
20. Tie the paracord to sleds or travois so it can be pulled.
Use the ropes on sleds. They can be used to help direct traffic if you are on the back end of the sled.
21. Keep your keys by putting it on a paracord thread before tying it to your wrist.
Always losing your keys? A paracord rope will allow you to tie them to your belt loop so you won’t misplace them again.
22. Don’t lose your dog tags or charms; turn paracord into a lanyard.
A paracord can also make a stylish and unique lanyard. If you have dog tags or small charms, they will remain in place with the cord.
23. Replace the missing pull string on old lights with a paracord line.
If old lights are missing the pull string, a paracord is a cheap, durable, and easy solution.
24. Wrap parachute line around solid wheels to improve their traction on wet or icy surfaces.
Don’t have snow tires, no need to worry? A parachute cord will help add traction when tied around tires so you won’t get stuck in ice or deep snow.
25. Pull loads up a hill or cliff with a paracord line.
If you are going uphill and need to carry a heavy load, a paracord rope tied to a sled or other pulley system will make matters much easier.
26. Wrap paracord around your boots for improved traction when you don’t have snow shoes.
Like your tires, sometimes you might not have your best snow boots on. If this isn’t the case, they can serve a similar purpose on shoes and boots, to help increase traction.
27. Hang your laundry out to dry with a paracord clothes line.
Doing laundry old-school style? If you are camping, or if you don’t have access to a washing machine, you can hang clothing on a paracord to dry.
28. Close up the holes in your pants with paracord threads.
If your pant’s zipper is broken or a pant button breaks, a paracord rope can hold them together.
29. Use paracord for a dog leash.
If you don’t want to spend too much on a new, fancy dog leash, a paracord rope suits the purpose just fine.
30. Hang mirrors and other objects with paracord.
When decorating the home, you can hang mirrors, frames, and other decor with the rope.
31. Tie paracord to a large horizontal piece of wood and a tree branch for a kids’ swing.
Want a place to relax outside, the paracord can be tied to a couple of trees to hang a hammock. Or, you can do the same to hang a swing for the kids to play.
32. Replace the missing pull cord on a chain saw.
If you haven’t used the chainsaw in months because you haven’t gotten around to replacing the chain, a quick fix is a paracord rope.
33. Pull out a section of paracord for bow string and part of the cord as fletch to make bows and arrows in an emergency.
If you are in an emergency situation, but don’t have a bow and arrow, a paracord rope can be used as part of the rope to create one for hunting game, or for protection.
34. Hang lanterns or glow sticks via parachute line for an instant light source.
Need outdoor lighting? A paracord rope can hang lanterns, tie lights, and other forms of exterior lighting.
35. Tie a knot in the paracord before using it to clean pipes.
Pipe cleaning is something a paracord rope can be used for. Simply tie a knot in the cord before starting the task.
36. Wrap paracord around a knife handle to improve your grip. You can use paracord to create a safe handle around a sharp piece of steel or stone.
For increased grip when cutting heavy or thick objects with a knife, simply tie the paracord rope around the knife’s handle. You can do the same with a sharp stone if you don’t have a knife.
37. Repair sails with paracord thread.
If you need to repair a sail, a paracord rope is a quick fix. It is thick enough and will withstand heavy wind conditions well.
38. Lash together two pole and tie several other paracord sections between the poles for an emergency stretcher.
If you have to carry someone in an emergency situation but don’t generally carry a stretcher with you, you can tie together two pieces of wood with a paracord rope. For the interior section, simply tie together several other paracord ropes to hold the injured person’s body in place.
39. Tie a sharpened stone or blade to a long stick for a spear.
If you need a hunting spear or one for protection, you can use the paracord rope to tie a sharp stone or object onto the stick.
40. String paracord around a perimeter after attaching several noise makers like empty cans or bells to make a warning system.
Create an emergency warning system around your home or other perimeter to deter any threats. Simply put up four posts/sticks around the area, and tie the paracord rope with hanging cans and noise makers around the sticks.
41. Let the kids practice tying knots with paracord, instead of the thick, heavy rope that is harder to replace.
Do you want to take the kids camping or simply teach them a few survival skills? Using a paracord rope to tie knots, is a much easier way for them to practice, in comparison to the thick, heavy camping and outdoor rope which is tougher to work with.
42. Since para-cord can hold up to 550 pounds per line, braid several paracords to make a tow line for smaller vehicles or boats.
A single paracord rope can carry approximately 550 pounds. If you need to tow a boat or other small vessel on water, this is the perfect solution for the job.
43. Create a sling for carrying several dead animals back to camp.
When out hunting or camping, it may be tough to transport dead animals. Deer can easily weigh more than 200 pounds, as can other wild game. A paracord can be used as a sling to help drag and bring these animals back to camp.
44. Use paracord to carry a load over your back.
If you need something to carry a heavy load over your shoulder, a paracord rope can easily be placed over your shoulder, allowing you to drag more weight to the final destination.
45. Hang a kettle or bucket over a fire using paracord. While it isn’t fire-proof, it is fire resistant.
Sure they aren’t fireproof, but are fire resistant. If making tea or coffee, or if you need to hang a pot over a fire to make food while camping, a paracord rope is one good tool which can be used.
46. Fix broken webbing on snow shoes by replacing the broken pieces with paracord.
If your snowshoes have seen better days, or if the webbing needs quick repair when you are in an emergency situation, the paracord rope can work as a simple solution to replace the broken pieces.
47. If you have a paracord bracelet, the bracelet’s shackle can be used to secure bags, deterring thieves and intelligent wild animals like raccoons.
A paracord bracelet can be used to tie and secure bags. What this does is help deter thieves if you are outdoors. Or, if raccoons and other pesky animals are by your campsite, the bracelet will help deter them.
48. Hobble a horse with paracord if you don’t have another cord available.
If you don’t have the proper rope when horseback riding, you can hobble a horse using the paracord rope.
49. Use paracord to tie plastic bags around the end of a branch to capture the condensate for water.
When camping, you may run out of basic necessities such as water. A paracord rope tied to a few plastic bags can serve as a basin, to help catch condensed water during the night or during heavy rain conditions.
50. Paracord can be used for emergency stitches if it is boiled first.
Of course you have to boil them first to prevent contamination or infection, but if stitches have to be performed to close a cut or help stop bleeding, a paracord rope is thick and durable enough to do the job.
51. Replace missing drawstrings with paracord.
Missing drawstrings on jackets, sweaters, pants, and other clothing items can be replaced with a paracord rope.
52. Tie tarps to tree branches for quick shelter.
If you run into adverse weather conditions and don’t have time to set up camp, you can tie up a tarp to two trees, and hold it up using a paracord rope.
53. When there is no dentist, there must be excellent personal hygiene. Use paracord inner strands as dental floss.
Who remembers floss when they go on a camping trip, or even when they are away from home for a few days? If you aren’t that person who plans ahead and remembers everything, paracord can be used as dental floss for a few days.
54. Tie together four pieces of para-cord in a square before weaving more paracord into a net. You can tie the net to a Y shaped stick for a fishing net.
You can use the paracord as a net for fishing. Simply tie together four pieces to create a square. You can then weave more paracord to tie it to the end of a stick and create a fishing net.
55. Weave together several paracord lines and tie them to two trees for a seat.
Need additional seating when you go out camping? Or, when you host a party at home and a few unexpected guests show up, you can use paracord rope and tie it to trees, to create additional seating for guests.
56. Weave paracord into a hammock.
A hammock can easily be crafted using paracord rope. Again, a single piece can hold nearly 550 pounds, so whether it is for one or two, a single cord can provide a place for rest and relaxation.
57. Use parachute cord to create a pulley to make it easier to lift large or heavy items.
Pulley systems come in handy in many situations. But, if you are outdoors and don’t have one built in as you would in a factory or warehouse setting, you can use the paracord rope, tied to trees to help create a pulley system.
58. Tie a piece of paracord to each side of a long stick before tying each string to a buck. This is a more ergonomic way to carry water than trying to carry the load on your back or carry a bucket on your head.
Carrying buckets of water back to a campsite can be a daunting task, but not with paracord rope. By tying a piece to the ends of a stick, you can easily transport several buckets at a time, and it is much easier than carrying them on your head.
59. Use paracord as a trail marker, tying it to branches or items along your path.
Don’t have trail mix or other items to leave behind as a trail back to camp? No need to worry. With a paracord you can create a trail so you can easily find your way back to camp and avoid getting lost.
60. String up paracord from your campsite to the latrine so that people can follow the line by touch to the designated bathroom location even in the dark.
In the middle of the night, it can be tough to find your way, even with a campfire and the stars. If you want a simple way for people to find their way to the latrine, you can use the paracord rope as a “touch” system. Individuals can wake up, and feel their way to the latrine, even during the dead of the night when everyone else is asleep.
61. Tie weights like heavy stones to the end of the paracord to create a bola. A bola will wrap itself around the feet of an animal, tripping it.
A bola is a great hunting tool used to tie around an animal’s feet and tripping it. A paracord can be used, to tie around two heavy stones, creating a bola when you don’t have one handy.
62. Replace the missing pull chain on an engine, such as that for a weed eater or boat.
Pull chains run engines on your pull boat, a pull mower, or other similar power tools. If you don’t have a replacement chain and need to use these items immediately, the paracord rope will work with most tools.
63. Use paracord to moor a boat.
Need to moor a boat to a dock but don’t have an anchor or proper mooring equipment? A paracord rope is strong enough to hold it in place.
64. Turn paracord into a food line. This prevents it from being reached by insects like ants or animals like raccoons.
You can create a food line using a paracord rope. It will help keep raccoons, small ants, roaches, and other pesky animals away from your food, if you can’t keep an eye on it.
65. Replace broken zipper pulls with paracord, once you’ve tied it properly.
Zipper cords can be replaced with a paracord rope. Whether being used to keep wires together in a home office, or used to help you during an emergency situation, the paracord will do the job perfectly fine.
66. Use paracord as a makeshift sling when someone has hurt their arm.
Broken or sprained arm?
If you are in the middle of nowhere, and don’t have the means to get to an ER quickly, a paracord rope can work as a sling. Sure, it may not be the most comfortable, but will at least keep the arm in place and prevent too much movement.
67. Tie paracord around a walking stick to improve its grip.
If you need a walking stick, a paracord rope can help improve the grip.
68. Use paracord in place of proper thread to crochet.
Crochet for a hobby?
If so, when you run out of string, a paracord rope will serve the same exact function.
69. Wrap paracord around two straight items for a makeshift splint.
Like a sling, you can make a quick splint using a paracord rope. With two small popsicle sticks and the rope, you can make a splint for a broken finger. Or, using two large sticks and the rope, it can go over a broken arm or leg when you don’t have quick access to the ER where a cast can be placed over the broken bone.
70. Tie paracord to the ends of plastic sheeting to create a funnel to collect rainwater into a container.
Need water? You can use a couple of plastic sheets to create a funnel system by simply tying the paracord around the plastic sheeting.
71. Turn rope like paracord into a makeshift ladder.
If you need to climb up a tree that is too tall when camping, you can create a makeshift ladder. Even back at home, if you don’t have a ladder and need to get on the roof or high shed area, a paracord will serve as a ladder.
72. Stick paracord in the spaces under doorways to lessen drafts and prevent light from showing under it.
No need to purchase expensive wind breakers or plastic covers to help prevent a draft. Placing paracord beneath your doors and entryways will serve to help lessen wind drafts under doorways.
73. Connect loose items to your backpack quickly with paracord.
If you have a backpack and need to carry several loose items, a paracord rope can be used to tie these items onto it.
74. Tie down your belongings with paracord and connect them to your tent so that they won’t be stolen without your knowledge.
Prevent those pesky raccoons and other thieves from stealing your belongings overnight from the campgrounds. You can use a paracord rope and tie it onto your tent to help anchor your belongings in place.
75. Use paracord to replace a broken canteen strap.
Broken canteen strap? A paracord rope is the perfect solution in this situation.
76. Tie up a suspect using paracord when you don’t have handcuffs.
If you don’t have handcuffs, or if police aren’t around and you happen to find an individual doing wrong, a paracord rope can serve a similar purpose as handcuffs.
77. Whip paracord in front of you when you suspect there is a tripwire of some sort to set it off.
If a tripwire or other detection system is in place, you don’t want to get caught up in it. If you suspect these are in place, you can use the paracord to whip in front of you, prior to taking a step forward.
78. Use paracord as a human leash, whether as a baby leash or ensuring that you aren’t separated from someone else when navigating a treacherous landscape.
Many parents today use baby leashes at malls and other heavily populated areas. Or, if you have an elderly family member that can’t take care of themselves, human leashes are used. A paracord will do the same exact thing if you want to keep everyone close together.
79. Tie a bright or reflective item to paracord and swing it back and forth to signal others in an emergency.
Use it as a flare signal in emergency situations. By tying a bright colored object to the paracord rope when you need help and can’t call for it, is a simple way to alert other people to where you are.
80. Tie paracord to a branch before retreating with the other end of the cord. When you need a distraction, pull on the paracord to create noise and movement while you are safely hidden somewhere else.
If you are in danger, tie the rope to the end of a tree or other sturdy object. Once you are able to retreat from the dangerous situation, pull on the paracord to help create noise. This will draw attention to potential danger, all the while you have hidden away in a safer location.
81. Tie items down on top of your vehicle. Use the paracord as a safety harness if you are transporting items which are heavy and need to be secure.
82. Use it to lower yourself. If you are on a tree, a paracord can be used as a human pulley system. This will allow you to climb up and down much faster than actually climbing a tree if you are in danger.
83. Tie yourself to a friend. For the outdoor enthusiast, if you are in dangerous conditions, such as in a blizzard or avalanche area, or like hiking in dangerous locations, this is a simple way to find the other person if they get trapped under snow or other potential dangers.
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Paracord, also known as parachute cord, is a light weight nylon rope that was originally used for parachute lines. Paracord is defined by its seven to nine strands of inner nylon threads and a thick outer woven layer. Modern paracord is as likely to be made of polyester as nylon, unless you are buying military grade para-cord. This versatile cord has found many more uses in the military and civilian world, and it is a must-have for any survival situation.
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