76 Survival Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss?

Last 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.keychain-e1359578587908

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…

25: Carry gear on your back when you don’t have a rucksack

26: A platypus hose cleaner(by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through.

27: Tie house keys to forgetful children.

28: Emergency tow rope – admittedly you need several strands but it is surprising what a few together will hold!

29: A pulley line for dragging big bits of wood up the side of a hill

30: A standby strop….  for polishing a razor

31: A skipping rope for kids (needs a heavy knot in middle)

32: Hang mesh frames for propagating plants in greenhouse.

33: Rudimentary swing for the kids as and when they become bored.

34: Abseil down a cliff edge

35: Headband/ hair tie


36: Bundling around firewood for easy carry

37: Tie on to a sled so you can drag it during the heavy snow.

38: Hang a light over the designated latrine for night times

39: Replace a snapped pull string on older lights.

40: improvise a fuse

41: hanging mirror or other large objects.

42: Use as strap wrench or Spanish windlass

43: Improvised bore snake for cleaning a firearm

44: Make a tire swing

45: Hanging your hammock

46: Hang an emergency whistle round your neck

47: Pull cord for chain saw

48: Pull cord for boat engine

49: Pull cord for lawn mower/ weed eater

50: Emergency Tourniquet

51: Tying down & Securing the straps & belts of rucksacks when travelling

52: Replacing a drawstring cord in a rucksack or on gaiters

53: Tent guy lines.

54: Tying your rucksack to something solid with sophisticated bushcraft knots outside a shop.

55: To tie down a rucksack lid should one or both buckles break.

56: To make an improvised stretcher by lashing poles together and making a net.

57: To lash poles together to make a shelter

58: To lash a blade to a long pole in order to use as a spear(for emergency hunting).

59: To wrap a mini maglite handle for grip

60: For lowering equipment/packs down cliff edges.

61 :Creating a snare

62: Entertainment during stressful times ( tying and untying knots  can take your mind off of your current situation)

63: Replacing a broken handle on a  knife or machete

64: Create a bow string for a bow and arrow

65: Hanging a kill or your rucksack out of reach of animals at night

66: Mooring your boat to a dock

67: Replace a broken water ski rope

68:teaching yourself to tie lifesaving knots

69: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)

70: Help climb a tree, place around the tree to add more grip

71: Use it to make improvised snow shoes

72: make a sling for killing small animals

73: create a bullwhip for defense or entertainment

74: create trot lines for fishing

75: create a gill net for fishing

76: lash together multiple pieces for a stronger cord

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

Can you help me enjoy a steak dinner?

Leave your suggestions in the comments below!


Source: survivallife.com

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