Paracord Bracelets – The Ultimate in Wearable Survival Gear!
As the name suggests, paracord is used as a suspension rope in parachutes. It’s extremely strong and light nylon rope. It has a smooth texture; it weighs almost nothing and is even elastic to a degree.
Paracord bracelets are usually woven using between eight to twenty feet of the rope. Needless to say, paracord is a super versatile survival item.
Listed below are 10 uses of paracord bracelets, apart from making you look like a true badass!
1) Building a shelter:
Sleeping under the stars is romantic only in the movies. You get stung by zillions of insects and get soaking wet if it begins to rain. If you are camping outdoors, you cannot do without a shelter. It does not matter what materials you use for building a shelter with. Be it leaves, branches, sticks, bark, plastic sheets, cloth or any other material, you cannot hold things together without a highly durable rope. If your shelter is not properly secured, it might crash on top of you in the middle of the night. Check out this video about making a shelter using paracord:
2) Making a spear:
A spear is an excellent assault and defense weapon – it allows you to keep some distance between you and your target. Find a long (approximately 5 feet) stick/pole and tie a knife at one end of it. You now have a spear that can be used for fishing, hunting, warding off wild animals and attackers etc. Learn how to make a paracord spear and bow:
3) Tie food on a branch:
If you are in the woods, you don’t want to leave meat or fish lying on the ground. It is bound to be stolen by other animals. A good way to keep meat/fish out of the reach of animals is to tie it to a branch and suspend it high above the ground.
4) Make a hammock:
You can’t sit or lie down on the ground if you’re located in a marshy or flooded area. Yes, you can sleep on a tree branch but we reckon that it won’t be terribly comfortable. Also, you might fall off if the branch is too narrow or if sways with the wind. Use paracord and some clothes to make a hammock and take a safe nap above the ground. Check out this how to video for more info:
Tie some hooks and live bait (worms) at one of the rope and fasten a stick at the other. Now sit by a stream and sip on some beer. You can also create a paracord net to trap fish. Watch this video for more fishing tips.
6) For making a fire:
Surely, you have heard about making a fire using a spindle and some dry wood. Well, you need a rope to rotate the spindle at a high speed. The friction that results from the fast rotation of the spindle produces heat, which subsequently leads to an ember. Sounds a bit far-fetched and vague right? Well, watch how to make a fire using just some wood and a paracord bracelet.
7) Securing a fractured bone:
Do you know how to deal with a fracture? Sure, you need to get to the hospital as soon as possible. However, until then, you have to keep the fractured bone as secure as possible. Movement can cause severe pain and aggravation of the injury. Say one of the persons in your group fractures an arm or a leg. You need to secure the area firmly with a bandage (use a piece of cloth or towel). You can also tie sticks around it. This provides more rigidity and keeps movement to a minimum. Do not tie too hard – you do not want to obstruct blood circulation to the area.
8) Cutting down a tree or branch:
What? Cutting down a tree with a rope. Well, it is very much possible if you are patient and persistent. Still cannot believe it. How about watching with your own eyes?
9) Flossing your teeth:
Oral hygiene is very important during a survival scenario. Toothaches can be excruciatingly painful. Avoid cavities and aches by flossing using paracord. The rope itself is too thick to be used as floss. However, the thin, shiny stands that are contained within the outer shell of the cord work just fine!
10) Replace worn out shoe laces:
In a survival scenario, you cannot afford to walk about in loose shoes. You have to be ready to run at any instant. Cut a piece of paracord, burn the ends and then use as a shoe lace.
(Editors Note: You can also buy pre-made paracord laces which have a ton of uses on their own!)
There are probably a million more paracord uses. However, having a paracord bracelet is pointless if you do not know the basic survival knots. That is like carrying a gun without any bullets. So study and practice the various survival knots. Here is a video to get you started.