80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss?

imagesLast week a friend of mine saw the paracord lanyard that I keep on my keychain and asked what it was for.

I explained a little history of paracord and told him and many of the different ways that it could be used.

I told him (jokingly) that there were over 100 different uses for paracord.

He laughed at me and said that if I could list off 100 uses he would take me out to my favorite steak joint and buy me dinner.

What he failed to say was that I couldn’t have help getting the list together.

I’ve come up with a list of 80 things so far and I need your help to find the other 20 (or more!)

Here is what I have so far:

1: Tie tarp to trees 2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc) 3: Emergency para cord wrist band, 4: emergency snare (from one of the strands inside) 5: Fishing line (from inner strands) 6: Boot laces 7: Floss with the inner strands 8: Dog lead 9: Emergency suture ( from inner strands) 10:Wrap knife handle 11: Bow drill 12: Clothes line 13: Improvise a seat  by lashing a long log horizontally to 2 trees 14: Emergency repair for sail while sailing/canoeing 15: Belt for your trousers 16: Hang kettle/cooking pot over a fire 17: Emergency sewing thread (from inner strands) 18: Make a fishing net from inner strands 19: Make into a net hammock 20: Improvise a sling 21: Hobble your horse 22: Perimeter trip wires (attach to tin cans or anything to make noise) 23: Watch strap 24: Rig up a quick bow stringer when you’ve forgotten yours… 26: Carry gear on your back when you don’t have a rucksack 27: A platypus hose cleaner(by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through. 28: Tie house keys to forgetful children. 29: Emergency tow rope – admittedly you need several strands but it is surprising what a few together will hold! 30: A pulley line for dragging big bits of wood up the side of a hill 31: A standby strop….  for polishing a razor 32: A skipping rope for kids (needs a heavy knot in middle) 33: Hang mesh frames for propagating plants in greenhouse. 35: Rudimentary swing for the kids as and when they become bored. 37: Abseil down a cliff edge 38: Headband/ hair tie 39: Bundling around firewood for easy carry 40: Tie on to a sled so you can drag it during the heavy snow. 41: Hang a light over the designated latrine for night times 42: Replace a snapped pull string on older lights. 43: improvise a fuse 44: hanging mirror or other large objects. 45: Use as strap wrench or Spanish windlass 47: Improvised bore snake for cleaning a firearm 48: Make a tire swing 49: Hanging your hammock 50: Hang an emergency whistle round your neck 51: Pull cord for chain saw 52: Pull cord for boat engine 53: Pull cord for lawn mower/ weed eater 54: Emergency Tourniquet 55: Tying down & Securing the straps & belts of rucksacks when travelling 56: Replacing a drawstring cord in a rucksack or on gaiters 57: Tent guy lines. 58: Tying your rucksack to something solid with sophisticated bushcraft knots outside a shop. 59: To tie down a rucksack lid should one or both buckles break. 60: To make an improvised stretcher by lashing poles together and making a net. 61: To lash poles together to make a shelter 62: To lash a blade to a long pole in order to use as a spear(for emergency hunting). 63: To wrap a mini maglite handle for grip 64: For lowering equipment/packs down cliff edges. 65 :Creating a snare 66: Entertainment during stressful times ( tying and untying knots  can take your mind off of your current situation) 67: Replacing a broken handle on a  knife or machete 68: Create a bow string for a bow and arrow 69: Hanging a kill or your rucksack out of reach of animals at night 70: Mooring your boat to a dock 71: Replace a broken water ski rope 72:teaching yourself to tie lifesaving knots 73:use it to collect water ( tie a knot and place inside a plastic bottle, hang from a rock or damp surface  area and the water will collect on the cord and drip into the bottle) 74: Help climb a tree, place around the tree to add more grip 75: Use it to make improvised snow shoes 76: make a sling for killing small animals 77: create a bullwhip for defense or entertainment 78: create trot lines for fishing 79: create a gill net for fishing 80: lash together multiple pieces for a stronger cord

That’s all I can come up with, so far…


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