- 10 Great Uses for Paracord

Without a doubt, one of the unsung heroes of the DIY handyman’s arsenal is paracord. 550 paracord, to be exact. This versatile material has so many uses it’s tough to count them all. Here are just ten quick ways to use it effectively.

1. Securing Anything

The best thing about paracord is its ability to tie town a multitude of cargoes. Use 550 paracord as needed to keep tarps in place over the beds of pickups and log piles in the clutch.

2. A Great Pulley System

550 paracord is a great way to lift anything. If you need to do some serious work without the benefit of helping hand, paracord is the way to go. Paracord has the right tensile strength to achieve any goal with pulley systems.

3. Tow Rope in a Pinch

Generally speaking, paracord can’t yank an F-150 out of the mud. However, it can be used to pull a smaller conveyance from a bad situation. Just link it up and pull with a 4×4.

4. A DIY Drying System

Popping up some 550 cord between a few trees is the best way to create a DIY drying system for laundry. It’s incredibly quick, simple and effective when all is said and done.

5. Strapping Down Windows

Storm windows are great but they don’t solve every problem. A better way to keep debris from harming glass is to strap down shutters with a little paracord and wrap up exterior fixtures as well.

6. The Best Dry Line Ever

Whether you’re camping or fake roughing it at home, paracord is a great way to dry things out. From fish to anything you’ve accidentally gotten wet, paracord is the way to go.

7. A Good Substitute for “Real” Tethers

Between keeping boats from drifting away to dogs straying, it’s always tough to tether things in the real world. 550 paracord makes the job about as easy can be with little hassle.

8. Fishing Line in a Pinch

Out in the wild, paracord comes in real handy. You can undo the individual strands and craft your own high-quality fishing line in a hurry. It’s the ultimate survival tip in backwoods environments.

9. A Good Grip When Necessary

The best thing about paracord is that it provides a great tactile feel. You can quickly and easily replace things like handles on knifes or axes by wrapping it around the shaft.

10. A Great Way to Tote Goods

Last but not least, 550 paracord can be used to bundle up everything from soccer balls to household furniture. It’s one of the ultimate moving toolsutside of duct tape when used properly.

…More Where That Came From

Some would argue that paracord or 550 cord is pretty much the most versatile substance known to man outside of WD-40 and duct tape. As such, having plenty around is hardly a bad idea for both the outdoorsman and the home handyman alike.

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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.