Paracord seems to be a pretty standard item for preparedness. It is a lightweight rope that is usually made from nylon. It usually consists of a braided exterior that encases interior strands. Type III paracord has a minimum breaking point of 550 pounds, making this a great multi-tool of rope. There are hundreds of ways to use it for your preps.
So what exactly can you do with it?
Emergency Tow Rope – Up to 550 pounds worth!
Jump Rope – Keep the kids entertained, even during an emergency kit.
Tie Down – Keep a tarp or tent from flapping in the wind!
Clothesline – You can dry your clothes in the sun.
Floss – Use the inner strands to maintain your oral health.
Fishing Line – Use the inner strands to catch your next meal.
Shoelaces – If yours break, use paracord. Just make sure to melt the ends first
Sewing – The inner threads can be used to repair your clothing.
Snowstorm Help – Tie yourself to the car or another person in a snowstorm to prevent getting lost.
Emergency Suture – It’s not exactly sterile, but I guess, in a pinch…
Belt – Hold your pants up.
Hang a Pot – Not sure how to cook over the fire? Try hanging the pot from a tree.
Make a Hammock – With a bit (or a lot) of time, you could weave your own hammock!
Wrap a Knife Handle – If you’ve gotslippery knife, you can wrap the handle with paracord to give you some extra grip.
Make a Fishing Net – Catch more fish at a time with a paracord fishing net.
Cat’s Cradle – Yet another way to entertain your kids.
Rescue Rope – Tie a bowline to help pull someone up a cliff.
Trellis – Create your own trellis for your veggies to climb in the garden.
Secure Gear – Use paracord to tie downgear in your truck or on your pack.
Bear Bags – Ever camped somewhere with bears? Use your paracord to suspend your food out of bears reach.
Dog Leash – No need for something flashy when paracord works just fine.
Climbing – Use it to climb up a tree or a cliff.
Bundle Wood – Make your load easier to carry by bundling your wood together with paracord.
Tourniquet – If nothing else is available.
Secure a Splint – Use pieces of paracord to secure a splint to a limb.
Sling – While you’re at it, you can make a sling as well.
Secure a Boat – Tie your boat to the dock or a tree to keep it from floating around.
Traps and Snares – Build a trap to catch dinner.
Make a Bracelet – For a boredom buster.
Make Rope – I know, it’s already “rope”, but by combining multiple strands you can make an even stronger and bigger rope!
Stretcher – Weave between two large branches to create a make-shift stretcher.
Stone-Throwing Sling – Fling those rocks at an enemy with paracord.
Hanging Good or Game – If you’ve had to catch your own food, you need a way to hang it up away from predators.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg! What other uses can you think of for paracord?