Only a few short decades ago, it seemed as if survivalists and the military were the only ones using paracord. Today, the extremely versatile and popular paracord is found most anywhere and comes in a multitude of vivid colors. Now, average folks are discovering what military and survival experts have known for years—high-quality paracord has endless uses and is one of those items you want to carry with you at all times, especially for hunting and camping.
Paracord is stronger and has more options than most standard nylon cords. In a survival situation, the paracord is usually the better option. Why? 550 paracord has a rating of 550, so its minimum breaking point is 550 pounds. Also, a high-quality paracord has an outer woven casing that usually covers anywhere from four to seven internal strands (depending on the manufacturer). You also may pull apart each of the internal strands to separate them into smaller diameter threads for endless options.
Here are 20 uses for a quality paracord:
- Lean-to shelter lashing
- Rock climbing
- Survival bracelet
- Rifle sling
- Shoe laces
- Dog leash and collar
- Woven into a chair or hammock sling
- Woven into a net
- Fishing line
- Dental floss, using the strings inside
- Woven into a ladder
- Lashed to bind together sticks
- Stringer for your bow
Share your favorite uses for paracord in the comment section.
Lisa Metheny is a published award-winning outdoor writer, photographer, speaker and outdoor skills instructor. Lisa holds several instructor certifications and conducts a number of women-focused outdoor seminars on topics such as archery and hunting throughout the year. She regularly teaches hunters education and archery classes and has become an advocate for promoting traditional outdoor recreation to families across the United States. Lisa is also an avid and accomplished hunter with many big game species to her credit. She is a member of POMA and former Board of Directors member as well as a member of the NRA, RMEF, MDF and DU.
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