It is impossible to put an exact number on the uses of paracord as you are really only limited to your imagination. We can however, make a list of those paracord uses that we know of to get you started.
In most cases when a site discusses paracord it will be 550 paracord. This “550” means that the paracord has a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds or about 250 kilograms. Compare this to the cheaper nylon cord, and paracord works out to about 3 times stronger.
If we take a closer look at paracord, we soon see more differences that each work to our advantage. It has an outer casing with 7 – 9 internal yarns and each of these internal yarns are made of 2 – 3 individual strands.
Let’s work this out a little. So 1 foot of complete paracord is actually 8 feet of usable cordage if you pull it apart. 100 feet would give 800 feet of strong usable cord, and so on, now that’s cool!
Before we get to listing some of the many uses of paracord, take a look at the following videos that will teach you how to make some cool looking paracord bracelets.
How about a Mad Max style bracelet:
Or the Zawbar paracord bracelet:
Finally, check out the simple but cool cobra:
Now that you have had a quick read as to what paracord is and hopefully you checked out the videos below, let’s get started with our list of paracord uses.
- Make a gill net for fishing
- Trotlines for fishing
- Use an inner strand to create a snare
- Wrap the handles of your knives or flashlights to stop them slipping out of your hands
- Lash your knife to a branch to create a spear
- Lashing when creating a shelter
- Guy lines for your tent
- Emergency tourniquet
- Bundling firewood
- Abseiling down a cliff
- Emergency tow rope
- Trail marker
- Improvised sling
- Make a fishing net
- Emergency sewing thread
- Hanging stuff over the fire
- Pull the inner strands apart and use as fishing line
- Clothes line
- Create a bow drill
- Boot laces
- Lanyard to hold items
- Tying tarp to trees
- Emergency sutures
- Emergency splint
- Rescue line
- Securing shelter against the wind
- Zipper pull repair
- Emergency belt
The above is just the tip of the iceberg in regards to the many uses of paracord. Having at least a little in your kit could be a lifesaver in an emergency situation as that little will go a long way.
What other uses for paracord do you know? Share them with us in the comments section!