What Is Paracord?
Paracord is short for parachute cord.
Paracord is a miracle piece of equipment that any and every serious prepper or survivalist should have.
It is usually referred to as 550 paracord because despite its thin appearance, it can hold 550 lbs.
That is some serious strength.
It is possible to unravel the cord to reveal inner strands that are very strong.
Paracord was exclusively used by the military in the past but it is now available to civilians and you definitely need one, even if you aren’t a survivalist or pepper.
A roll of paracord takes up very little space, is lightweight and so useful that you simply can’t have enough of it.
What Paracord Is Used For
Now let’s look at a few of the many uses of paracord and how this cord comes in very handy in a crisis.
It really is that versatile.
- First Aid
If someone has a fracture, paracord can be used to tie around the limb to immobilize it. Use a rolled-up towel and a splint to provide support to the area and then tie the paracord around it all to form a kind of brace until you get medical help.
- Use it as a rifle sling
If you’re carrying a rifle for hunting and you don’t have a sling, you can fashion one with paracord.
- Tent rigging
If you’re setting up a tent outdoors, paracord is excellent for rigging. Use it to tie the tarp to the spikes. The paracord is strong enough to hold it all together and will not snap if it is windy.
- Tying down your water bottle
You can make a harness with paracord for your bottle and hang it on your belt while trekking. It is more convenient than holding the bottle for hours or having to keep putting it in your backpack and taking it out. In fact, you can even make a belt out of paracord.
- Increase visibility
If you’re using brightly colored paracord, you can tie them around some items in your bug out bag or backpack so that you know where they are at a glance. Use different colored paracords for different objects so they are color coded. This helps you easily keep track of your belongings.
- Provides better grip
If you need a stronger grip on tools like shovels, axes, etc. all you need to do is wrap the paracord around the handle tightly and securely. Now you will be able to grip the object better and there will be less chance of it slipping during use.
- Bra straps, shoelaces, zipper pulls
Paracord works great with your clothing and can help you if you have a wardrobe emergency. If a bra strap or shoelace snaps, paracord can be used as a makeshift strap or a shoelace. Want to make it easier to pull your zipper? Use paracord to make a loop around the zipper pull and pulling it will be a breeze.
Ideally, you should have a first aid kit with you but if you don’t, prepper cord can be used as a tourniquet to stanch the bleeding in an emergency. This will help prevent the casualty from bleeding out.
- Hammocks, fishing line, dental floss
Use paracord to make hammocks for you to rest in. You can use the inner threads as dental floss. If you are by the lake or a place where you can fish, the inner threads of the paracord makes a good fishing line. You just need to find some bait.
This is just the tip of the iceberg where paracords are concerned.
You are only limited by your imagination when it comes to using them.
Use paracord to pull, hang, tighten, tie down or lift items – but always use common sense when using it.
Keep a bundle in your evacuation bags, vehicles, the garage and of course, wear a paracord bracelet on your wrist because you never know when you might find yourself in an unexpected situation where paracord is useful.
I highly recommend the following articles:
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