One Practical, All-Purpose Rope
550 paracord is one tool that is always good to keep handy – part of the reason it is a must-have item for hikers and campers. From home projects to the great outdoors, this type of line, whose origin is military-based, is a parachute cord that can be applied in a variety of applications. Commercially, paracord comes in a number of colors, and lengths range from 50 feet all the way to a whopping 1,000 feet. The 100% nylon paracord resists rotting or mildew and when used for hauling and lifting purposes can hold a minimum of 550 pounds before it breaks. If space in your pack is limited, carrying around 50 feet of rope should be sufficient, but just be sure to replace any rope you’ve previously used before heading out on your next camping trip.
The threading from the seven strands of the inner core is often even used for sewing tears in clothing or for fishing line. As a whole, paracord has also been proven to be a great accessory for providing shelter, building a raft, or making a fire bow. Additional uses include securing camping gear, making a tow rope, stringing up a clothes line, rigging a pulley, or making a ladder rope.
Five Types of Situations Where Paracord is Used
We can break outdoors use down to 5 specific areas – for repair and hygiene, for roughing it while hiking, for fishing applications, for use while hunting, and for first aid applications.
1 – Repair and Hygiene
- Keep Clothes Mended and In Repair
When used in emergency situations, you can use the internal strands to sew torn clothing. Just make sure you keep a needle in your first-aid kit. You can also repair broken equipment by securing the strings of paracord around the damaged area. The string can also be used to secure items or tie them down on top of a car.
- Use the Cord for a Clothesline
Use the line as a clothes line when at camp. Wet clothes, when trying to survive out in the wild, can be dangerous when the temperature drops and hypotherma is prone to set in, especially in colder climates.
- Repair a Zipper or Floss Your Teeth
You can also use the string to replace a zipper pull that is broken. Maintain good hygiene in the deep woods as well by using internal strands of paracord for flossing.
2 – Roughing it in the Wild
Paracord can also be used for a number of practical applications if you are trekking through the backcountry or roughing it. Some of the applications include:
- Using the inner strands of paracord for tying up each corner of a tarp for shelter.
- Rigging a hammock.
- Taking the cord’s internal strands and producing a snare.
- Lashing logs for raft building
- Using the string as a bow drill to start a fire.
- Making a sling.
3 – Fishing
- Use internal strands as fishing line.
- Making a small lure with the sheath and inner strands.
- Use the internal strands to secure your raft or boat too.
4 – Hunting
- You can use the strings of the paracord to also create a bola – used to capture big game birds in the wild.
- Making snare traps with core strands.
5 – First Aid
With respect to first aid, use the paracord to:
- Tie a sling.
- Sew a wound – making use of the internal strands. Untwist each internal strand for a thinner sewing string.
- Make a splint by tying straight sticks around the site of the fracture.
- Create a stretcher.
- Make a tourniquet with the strand.
As you can see, paracord is used in variety of applications in the wild and can open up countless usage opportunities for campers and adventure seekers.