Emergency Uses for Paracord

  •  First of all, one of the main questions we get is, "How do you hold up your pants after you've taken apart your PreparaCord Belt?" Well, after you take it apart, you should have 70 to 100 feet of paracord with which to form a makeshift belt or suspenders. (It's best to use a simple knot like a square knot that can easily be undone when you need to pull down your pants. Suspenders are easier, because you just slide them off your shoulders to take off your pants.)
  • Repair torn clothing with the internal strands which slide easily out of the kernmantle (casing). Use a makeshift needle or be sure to keep one in your first-aid kit.
  • Repair torn or broken equipment either by sewing or tying the pieces together securely
  • Rig a makeshift tow rope.  A single length of paracord has been tested to handle 550 lbs of weight, so wrap it securely 10 times and you have the ability to pull 5500 lbs.
  • Securely tie down items to the top of a vehicle, or to protect them from a wind-storm
  • String up a clothes line. Wet clothes are uncomfortable when you’re camping and dangerous when you’re trying to survive.
  • Hang a bear bag to keep your food away from critters. This is good whether you’re camping or roughing it in the woods
  • Replace your shoe laces. Just burn the ends and thread them through.
  • Replace a broken Zipper pull
  • Use it as dental floss. Pull out the internal strands and keep up your hygiene even in the woods, or to get that pesky piece of meat out from between your teeth.
  • Tie things to your backpack with it so you can carry more stuff hands free .
  • Secure an animal to a tree or post, or make a leash
  • Tie up a person
  • String up a trip wire to protect an area…rig it with bells, or cans or make a fancier trap
  • Lower yourself or an object very carefully down from a height.  (note:  paracord is NOT climbing rope, and is NOT a realistic replacement for true climbing rope; do not expect it to catch you should you fall. For security double or triple the thickness if you can)
  • Rig a pulley system to lift a heavy object
  • Make a ladder to get up or down
  • ie up a tarp or poncho to make an awning to keep off sun or rain
  • If you’re hiking in a place where there is danger of avalanche tie yourself to your buddy so you can find each other should one of you get caught under snow
  • Keep your stuff. Tie objects you're likely to drop around your wrist, ankle, or waist
  • Make a pack by first making a netting then adding a draw-string


About Paracord

We stock a wide variety for paracord products in the largest colour range available in the country. Parachute cord (also paracord or 550 cord) is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks...

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