We all already know that paracord, our trusty P-cord, is a really cool piece of gear for any hike! Many hikers and outdoor sports enthusiasts make or purchase “survival bracelets” made of several feet of paracord which is woven into a compact bracelets that can be unraveled in the field.
But did you know how many different ways you can use it on or a hike or in survival situations? Find out by scrolling down!
1. Set up camp!
Maybe your tent isn't standing right and you need something to hold it to a tree. Or, you dont' have a tent but get stranded for the night--use paracord to hang tarp, bags, or something else between trees to make a roof of sorts! The uses are pretty much infinite--your creativity is the only limit! Because of its strength and rot resistance, it can be used for things like pole lashing, pulling logs, hoisting food into trees for protection, and for guy strings and shelter ridge lines for tents or temporary shelters, etc. etc.
2. Hang things!
Hang your food up, hang things to your belt or pack, hang up a tarp, whatever! Just use it to hang things.
3. Repair your gear!
There are a lot of pieces of gear that might become damaged while hiking. You can replace a strap, a broken or missing shoe lace, or even repair a zipper pull! Or, replace damaged or missing draw strings in packs, bags and sweat pants! There are a lot of creative ways you can repair things with paracord. Try making a backpack strap like this guy.
4. First Aid!
In real emergency situations, paracord can become emergency suture material (inner threads) when there is nothing else available.You can also make a tourniquet, secure a splint, or make a sling for your arm. Check out the video to learn to make a basic tourniquet.
5. Catch animals!
You can cut a length of paracord and remove one of the internal two-ply threads for use as fishing line, or use the in-tact cord for animal snares and traps. Check out the video to learn how to make a basic snare out of paracord.
6. Saw something!
Friction is a powerful, powerful thing