Paracord was popularized for its use in parachute riggings for military airborne units. Hence the name paracord, for parachute cord.
You’ll also hear paracord referred to as 550 cord. That’s because each stand is able to hold 550 pounds before it breaks. More importantly paracord is made of a woven nylon sheath and contains 7 inner strands (or cords) that can be used for various purposes.
In totality paracord has well over 100 uses . But we wanted to take the time to list out 100 for you so you can see how valuable it is as a survival tool.
Once you read this list you’ll understand why paracord isn’t just a cool piece of military surplus to own…it’s a lifesaving piece of equipment you can’t be without.
Take a look at the various uses you can find with paracord.
Top 100 Paracord Uses
1. Thread for sewing (inner stands)
2. Barter with it (people love paracord)
3. Use it to mount a sling pump
4. To make wooden raft lashing logs together
5. Can be used to fish with
6. Use it to replace a pull cord for broken appliances (lawn mower, boat engine)
7. Emergency Tourniquet
8. To assist in lowering heavy equipment
9. Stitches for open wounds
10. Add as a grip to weapon so it never slips
11. Use it as guy lines to string up a tent
12. Suspend clothes off the ground as a clothing line
13. Use it to make a seat. Suspend a log off the ground between 2 trees
14. Use it to tie up bad guys
15. Sling for a rifle
16. String across a motorcycle trail (for self defense)
17. Use it to anchor a boat to land
18. Create a fishing net using inner strands
19. Hair tie or headband
20. Use it as a sling for a broken arm
21. Use it train a horse or dog
22. Create a sling to throw rocks with
23. Create a makeshift watchstrap (inner and outer strands)
24. Use it as a bowstring
26. Lash loose gear to a backpack
27. Clean a camel back hose. Tie knots in the cord and pull it through
28. Give to children so they can keep important items with them (bracelets, tie to clothes)
29. Tow rope for a car, ATV, or similar vehicles
30. Use it to compress loose packs and bags.
31. Pull someone out of a pit or a deep hole
32. Measure distance with it, range finder
33. Keep a broken window shut
35. Use it to secure solar panes
37. Use to rappel down a cliff
38. Use it to create a bullwhip
39. Tie and bundle loose items like firewood together
40. Use to drag heavy items with
41. Suspend a lantern with it for overhead light
42. Tie together broken shoes
43. Tie door down to prevent forced entry.
44. Hang a mirror or other large objects.
45. Use it to move heavy objects as a Spanish Windlass
47. Use it to clean a rifle bore cleaner (tie knots and drag through)
48. Tie up vine plants for outdoor garden
49. Hang a premade hammock with it
50. Can be used to keep people connected when travelling in the dark
51. Re–lace worn boots
52. Use it to spread animals while skinning and cleaning
53. Use it as a guideline to pull a heavier rope through a tough spot
54. Floss with inner strands
55. Use as a pulley line for heavy objects through the notch in a tree (several strands with knots for grip)
56. Use it to replace missing drawstrings
57. Start a fire as a bow or fire drill
58. Use it to lash down a bag on a bumpy ride on a boat or car
59. Create a hunting snare (using the inner strands)
60. Make an emergency litter with branches to help create a stable platform
61. Create emergency work gloves by wrapping it around hands
62. Make a spear by tying knife to the of a pole or branch
63. Emergency self-defense garrote (to strangle someone)
64. Leash your crazy canine with it
65. Use it as trip wire (attach to tin cans or anything to make noise)
66. Use it as safety line when working in dangerous areas
67. Tie on a makeshift handle for a broken handle of a blade
68. As guy lines for a sail
69. Use it to hang food suspended from a tree branch
70. Use it to tie long hair back
71. Knot it into a hacky sack or larger ball for entertainment
72. Learn how to tie knots with it (entertainment, utility)
73. Tie up meat to sundry it
74. Use it as a climbing rope to quickly climb trees
75. Tie it around bald tires in slick conditions
76. Wrap a hammer or hatchet handle to absorb shock
77. Make a makeshift Hammock
78. As a trot line for fishing
79. Fix a broken zipper pull
80. Use it to build a super strong piece of rope
81. Use it to make a weighted mace
82. Use it to seal punctures in broken metal and wooden appliances (melt nylon and let it seal
83. String up a tarp to a few trees for a makeshift tent
84. Weave it into a bracelet that unravels for later use in disaster situations
85. Make a pit trap by lashing across the mouth and placing loose plants on top
86. Use it to make a scale balance
87. Quick fix for power steering or broken water pumps
88. Create neck or wrist lanyard to hold anything from a compass to a whistle
89. Use it as lead for horse
90. Make a temporary saddle with it
91. Create a ghillie suit with it (sniper suit)
92. Make a belt
93. Keep car doors closed when handle’s broken
94. Make suspenders if belt doesn’t work
95. Use it as a water catch Tie up plastic bag and prop open with a stick
96. Make a “grenade” that holds survival supplies inside
97. Create a tie ladder
98. Use it to tie pants around boots to keep
99. Use it as a work out aid for pull ups or sit ups
100. Hang a solar shower
That’s seriously just scratching the surface!
Tell us if we missed anything in the comments below!
Plus, if you want some really cool pre-made Paracord survival tools we have several…
This survival tool is packed full of survival goodies. This grenade has 9 feet of Paracord wrapped around essential survival items, including: Knife blade, fire starter, fishing hooks (2), fishing line, fishing weights (2), fishing floats (2), swivels (2), tin foil, and tinder.
Patriotic Paracord Bracelet
Show your pride for USA while being prepared! One of our all-time most popular paracord items, the Patriotic Paracord Bracelet has over 10 feet of strong 550 pound paracord and includes a built-in safety whistle. This is a perfect gift to give to your military friends and family!
Paracord Cobra Survival Belt
Forget the conventional belt! The Paracord Cobra Survival Belt is a high-quality,
fashionable belt that’s been turned into the ultimate survival tool. This comfortable belt looks great with jeans, khakis and hiking shorts and unbraids to provide over 128 feet of usable, high quality 550 pound paracord. Look good while wearing this stylish belt and know you have hundreds of survival uses wrapped around your waist.
10 feet of life-saving Paracord are in this stylish bracelet. The buckle doubles as a survival whistle. You’ve already seen how useful Paracord is, now never leave home without it.