You don’t have to be a Boy Scout to figure out that knot-tying is important; if you’re in a SHTF situation (or even just out camping), it’s essential to always have rope and to know how to tie knots in order to secure a tent or other shelter, tie down supplies, set up traps/snares, etc.
Luckily, the knots we’ll talk about today are pretty easy to learn; in fact, they require only slightly more effort than tying your own shoelaces.
Note: speaking of shoelaces, I’m sure you’ve got them – but do you have laces that can kickstart a fire if your matches get wet? These are seriously cool.
We want you to have the most success possible in a SHTF situation, so here’s our list of:
The Most Useful Knots Needed For Survival
1 – Square Knot
This basic knot can be used for many different situations; however, it does come loose more easily, so most people use it for tying lighter bundles together.
For this knot, it’s best to remember the phrase, “Right over Left, Left over Right.”
Take the right end of the rope, put it over the left end, and wrap it around (you should have both ends now sticking up in the same direction).
Then, take the left end and cross it over the right end, bringing it down and through the loop. Pull the ends together, and you’ve got a square knot.
Watch a square knot being tied here:
2 – Bowline Knot
the bowline is an all-purpose knot because it doesn’t loosen easily (even if it’s not completely tightened). Many people use the bowline knot for hanging food in trees, in emergency rescues (you can get an arm/leg through the loop), and for securing animals.
Take about three feet of rope, and make a loop around your hand. Take the end of the rope, and tuck it up through the loop, bring it down and around the standing line of the rope, and then back up through the inner (smaller) loop.
Connect the end of the rope to the larger loop – pull these apart from the standing line, and the knot will tighten, maintaining the large loop at the top.
Confused? See this video for a helpful visual:
3 – Taut Line Hitch Knot
This knot is most handy when using it to tie down tents and other shelters to an anchor (like a tree branch or stake).
For this one, you’ll need rope, along with a pole.
Throw one end of the rope over the pole, and bring it back up and over the straight line (making a Q shape). Bring the tail of the Q through the loop, and down toward you. Repeat this step again.
Pull the bottom rope down (moving the knot up) and make another Q shape – only this time, place the tale behind the existing rope. Pass the end through the lower loop from the front, and pull the end tight.
Here’s what I’m talking about:
Here’s another great video with a similar idea:
Now, that’s obviously not all of the knots you can use for survival. Here’s some more:
With any of these knots, the key to tying them is practice, practice, practice. The more practice you do, the better off you’ll be in a crisis. To get you started, we’re selling our 100′ 7 Strand Black Paracord. With its tough nylon outer shell in place, paracord can be used as a standard piece of cordage.
Pull the outer shell off, and you’re left with 7 durable inner strands which can be used in 100 different ways. This makes paracord one of the most useful survival tools you could ever own.
Plus, the great thing is it’s cheap – for less than $10, you can own this incredibly versatile and necessary piece of equipment that just might save your life one day (and’ll make your life a heck of a lot easier in the meantime).
Add paracord to your bug-out-bag or survival gear and start practicing these knots – you’ll have a new skill set and will be able to rest a little easier if SHTF.