5 Everyday Uses for Paracord

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Getting More from Your Paracord

Paracord is actually a type of rope that is very popular. It is known for being a lightweight and strong option that makes a great addition to any kind of gear.

It is often used for camping, but it can also be used for many other things.

One of the best things about this rope is that it comes with hundreds of uses. You can use it in your survival kit to secure your equipment, tie things together, and even use it as fish line.

After reading through this article, you will discover how to use your paracord in a variety of ways that you may not have expected before.

Here are some important things to know about your rope.

It is considered to be a lightweight rope.

Because of its design, it is often used in military applications and even camping to make sure that you aren’t standing out as much, and that you can take with you no matter where you go.

There are several sizes of paracord, and while each size can be used for specific reasons, they can all be used in a number of ways.

Here are five different ways you can use this rope.

To Facilitate the Use of Other EDC Items

One of the easiest ways that you can use paracord is to attach it to other items that you use daily.

The most common use of paracord is to wrap it around the handle of a knife.

The handle of almost every knife that is popular today is also made of paracord.

Be sure that the knife that you carry also has some paracord attached to it.

The importance of this is to provide you with something to use in times of trouble.

A knife or any other self-defense device by itself is pretty useless when you are in trouble.

But if you have some paracord with you, you can use it to wrangle yourself to a safe place or even use it as a way to help you kill your opponent.

To Pull Things

Paracord has a ton of uses, and one of the most popular ones is to make a rope. One example is simply to fix a loose piece of metal. You can fix a loose bolt by using paracord to form a makeshift bolt puller.

Another popular use of paracord is to pull things. Imagine that you are camping and are burning the campfire all day.

Because of a gust of wind, some of the embers from the campfire managed to fly into the bush. Then a storm came by and destroyed the campground, wiping out everything except the campfire and the shack that doubles as shelter from rain, sun, and whatever else.

You are in a cold and wet situation at this point, and are looking to summon help because you want to leave the spot. The fire will go out sooner or later, and you have one precious thing that you can make use of: Paracord.

If you tie a rock to one end of your paracord and the other end around a tree, you can use it to hand-winch the rock towards you. The tree will be stuck in the sand, and hence, will not move. However, the rock will be pulled towards you.

You can then put out the campfire and use the embers in the paracord as a signal for help.


If your clothes get wet when you are out camping or hiking, it can be quite a hassle trying to get them dry in a hurry. Zipping them into a pack or stuffing them into a bag can take up valuable space and with no clothesline, tricky to hang them up to dry.

If there is a length of paracord or cord available, you can use it to dry your clothes by making a clothesline. Tie off the three lengths at the required height, using knots that are easy to undo when the clothes are dry, and then tie your wet clothes onto the cord.

The clothes will dry quickly, without having to slow the drying process by leaving them in a bag or container.

Keep Your Pants On

It is always a bummer when you just bought yourself some new pants, but they are already too short. Especially during hot summer days, trouser keep falling down.

After the third time this happens in an hour, you will start to get really frustrated and feel embarrassed by your wardrobe choice.

This can easily be prevented by adding a paracord paracord belt to your wardrobe. Having a belt like this can easily keep the loose trousers in place and keep you looking handsome.

The same principle applies for backpacks. Paracord is also a flexible material, so you can easily tie it to your bike handle or your backpack zipper and keep it closed when it’s not in use.

Tie Things Down

Paracord can be utilized in so many ways that once you own a few rolls, you’ll be certain to find new uses for it all the time. One of the most common is to use it as a part of a makeshift pulley system.

Using it to tie things down is also a popular idea.

For example, use it to secure items to your roof or tie chunks of firewood to your roof rack to keep it from flying off.

This is a great idea if you know you have extra space for a few extra things. However, if you’re using it to strap things down and it’s a little snug, you’ll just need to make sure that you leave some slack.

For example, at a campsite, you may want to secure some firewood with some paracord. Doing so is a good idea, but only if you’re going to have a campfire.

If you’re just going to be cooking over a fire outdoors, you may want to keep a fire pit instead of a campfire. You’ll just need to learn when to know the difference between the two.

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5 Everyday Uses for Paracord

Paracord is more than just a survival tool; it's also incredibly useful for day-to-day activities. This versatile cord can be a lifesaver in a pinch, and is a great thing to have in your backpack or glove box at all times.

Here are 5 everyday ways that you can use this gear when you least expect it.

Don’t Leave Home Without It

Paracord is one item that you shouldn’t be without. It is an invaluable tool, and there are a multitude of survival uses for it. There are several different types, and they all have different strengths and different numbers of strands. Get to know the different types and how they can serve you.

Essential Survival Gear

Some people never leave home without a pocketknife, and others without a cellphone. Know your needs and carrying options, and then decide if paracord is an essential item for you to carry.

Bracelet and Keychain

There are several paracord holders on the market that will allow you to carry anywhere from a few feet to 100 feet of this multipurpose cord on your wrist or attached to your keychain. You can also put a few feet on a zipper pull and keep it on your coat. Just be sure that you have at least 10 feet so that survival needs will be met in most cases.

Dog Leash

You may have to handle your dog during a survival situation. Paracord is a great material for making a strong dog leash.


There are a number of paracord bags on the market that are designed to hold your paracord, a few basic survival tools, and more than enough food and water to keep you alive until help arrives. You can also make your own.