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80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss?

by ‘Above Average’ Joe of www.SurvivalLife.com

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.

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…

Can you help me enjoy a steak dinner?

Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

60 comments

  1. 1. To drag game.

    2. The original use: For parachutes.

    3. To tie down or close a loose hood, door, or parts on a vehicle.

    4. To secure a tree stand.

  2. replace a broken engine V belt, especially on a smaller 2 cycle engine.

    tie up a splint for a broken leg

    make a bolo

  3. HANG YOURSELF IF ALL IS LOST.

  4. I use a length of paracord from tree to tree over my hammock to hang needed items at night on clothes pins, hooks or carabiners. It also holds up my tube tent or sheet of clear visqueen for shelter from rain or netting to ward off Mosquitos. Is that 3 things or just 1 ? Did anyone mention the Paracord tied to a stick holding up a box? The old bird trap? I hope you get 100. Should be easy. . Jack . . oh, I sell low cost, reliable, comfortable, Mayan hammocks on eBay for travel, camping, or survival at seller= yeagereno2.

  5. Tie branches together to fashion an emergency stretcher or travois.

  6. To run up a flag on a pole such as NRA Do Not Tread On Me.

  7. Hang a wire antenna for communication.

  8. I carry several 6 ft lengths as “Prisoner Cords” (when there aren’t enough flex cuffs to go around.
    “Idiot or Dummy Cords” to tie critical equipment that can be lost to your body. My Compass (and everyone else’s on my team were dummy corded to the left breast pocket!

  9. First off, #4 and #65 are duplicates. After that, tying down cargo in pickup truck bed. Tying down tarp over load in truck, lashing together a temp shelter, or tying tarp to trees for temp shelter, clothesline, tying kids together while hiking so they don’t wander off,dog leash or to tie up dog, lash down items on motorcycle or bike, melt to use as temporary glue, holding Christmas tree to roof of car when taking home, guy lines to keep young trees straight in landscaping, tying bundles of cardboard together for recycling, use end with Brasso for polishing metal, restraints to hog tie bad guy, pull wading through gun barrel for cleaning. And there’s mor but that should help you list. Enjoy your meal. :-)

  10. Paracord loops to attach vegetation to your ghille suit.

  11. Secure tools to a belt.
    Secure lunchbox to dash of a tractor.
    Firearm sling.
    Use as a plumb bob.
    Hang CDs in a tree to deter birds.
    Temporarily repair a fence/gate to prevent stock escaping.

  12. Peter Agostinelli

    Pistol lanyard?

    Garrote?

  13. Attach to zippers to open and close in cold climates.

  14. 1. Tie logs together to make a raft
    2. Tie to rock to throw over dead fall and pull down to remove dead fall
    3. Use to wrap around tree to climb the tree.
    4. Use a small strand in Crisco to make a candle.
    5.Use to build a shelter (tie logs together)
    6. Use as a necklace.
    7. Throw line for rescue of victim in river
    8. Use with splints/wood to apply traction to broken extremities.
    9. Use small strand to tie around skin tags for removal.
    10. Hanging pictures.
    11. Use as packing in wounds and as a drain for abscesses
    12. Use as plumb line.
    13. Use to hang fish over a fire.
    14. Tie meat together when making a roast
    15. Tie a make shift bandage to a wound
    16 Hold a loose toe nail or finger nail down.
    17. Attach to any water carrying device to lower into a well or over a cliff to retrieve water
    18. Tie your hat to your head on a windy day.
    19. Use to secure yourself to a blind so you don’t fall out of a tree
    20. Use as a noose in a last resort situation (to hang the bad guy or escape the inevitable)

  15. As a belt… Use extra knots if your in danger of of a sever bumming

  16. Emergency pull rope for generator (Been there done it)

  17. Pull out inner strings, feed dogtag chain through outer cord for silencer. Also prevents hair from getting caught between the beads of the chain.

  18. Tie a small motor bike to a wing strut (dont tell FAA)
    Tie airplane down after forced landing to protect it from damage

    tie a splint on a broken leg (arm neck etc.)

    Turnicut to stop bleading (do not use on neck for head wound)

    Emergency weapon, bull whip, lasso, trip rope etc.

    buggy whip

    Tie wooden blocks to rim if rubber tires are not avalible (it has been done)

    swing across small creek or ravine. (I used vines as a kid)

  19. first the negatives… I would not use paracord to hold anything over a fire… it will melt or actually catch fire.

    now suggestions:
    1. fashion into a rope ladder (tie bowline loops alternating side to side) – be careful climbing because a) any bouncing multiplies the load on the cord b) the 500# load limit is for straight line use – any knots reduce the load carrying ability.
    2. make prusic knots – used to climb a thicker rope (three of them – one for each foot and one for a chest harness) –
    3. belay a climber – adds a little security to a hazardous climb

  20. Tie small motor mike to wing strut (dont tell FAA)
    buggy whip
    tie splint to broken limb (arm leg etc.)
    turnicut to stop bleading (do not use on neck for head wound)

  21. How fun! I loved looking at these uses and thinking of more!
    First, I think #66 and # 72 are redundant
    Pull cord for a dinner bell or pull cord for emergency in the bathroom, like they have in a hospital .
    To make a trellis for pole beans or other support in the garden
    Horse halter or halter for your goat
    Secure a fence for a broken latch
    Temporary cat or dog collar if it is lost, until a safer one can be made or purchased
    Eyeglass holder to prevent loss, especially in water
    Make your own game of ladder ball. Use it to secure wood pieces for the “ladder”. Then use it as the rope and string and knot potatoes or something like for the throwing pieces.
    Use to wrap around a gators mouth to keep it securely shut during removal or transfer
    Swinging lines for your pet monkey
    Make a tulip poplar bark collecting basket , rope for carrying
    Make safety rail on boat

  22. Sling for throwing spear! Greatly increases range and power.

  23. Use as a measuring line for long distances. A knot at, say 10 or 12 feet. If you don’t have a measuring tape,to begin with,know that a dollar bill measures slightly over 6 inches for rough measuring or 6.14 in. (15.60 centimeters)for more precise. Use as a strung line to find your way back out in a complex cavern system.

  24. to lash together poles for a raft and paddles

  25. Use inner cords to fashion a gill net. Tie a monkey fist in end of braided lanyard for self-defense or to throw a line. Weave into a mat to use as potholder. Mat could also be used as an improvised abrasion protector for rappelling ropes. Use as drawcord for pouches. Anchor line for small boat. Use to pull gun or bow up to treestand. Tie between trees or other terrain feature and suspend vegetation for use as ground level hunting blind. Use as catch ties for falconry (I can’t recall the proper name for these). Use as tensioning ropes for toy catapult (kids love these). Tie improvised shooting sticks together. Stabilizing guy lines for tripod stands. Drag line for hunting scent drags. Improvised clamps for woodworking. Holding sticks together to fashion a fish trap. There are probably many others, but I would have to think on it for a while.

  26. Repair your bridle or create a hackamore for your horse, Make a halter for your horse, hobbles for your horse(used with something soft like old towels for around the ankles).Use as a lead rope for your horse. Create a picket line for your horses and mules.
    P.S. don’t hobble a horse that has not been trained to be hobbled. Bad things can happen.

  27. Paracord is nylon and will melt if put over a fire. Strangle an enemy.

  28. I see someone beat me to it with a garrote

  29. Use short pieces to tie items on to the outside of your BOB. String between two trees to clothes line would be pursuers or to dry clothes. Wrap around a tree or other secure object and loop back to apply traction for emergency first aid (don’t try unless you are sure what you are doing). Glasses retainer. Lash an unconscious person to a travoit or your hood. (Just kidding about the hood…maybe). Bowstring.

  30. I use it for my dog tags.

  31. Ok. Seems like most on here are thinking practical things to use paracord for. I will list a couple of FUN things….

    1. Tie your wife/partner up for that special added spice…
    2. Tie around the base of your erect…to maintain that erection longer
    3. Inner strands could be used for a homemade flogger
    Now for some defensive uses…
    4. Inner strands could be used for a homemade cat of 9 tails for getting info from a captured prisoner…
    5. String up some trip wire for intrusion detection/booby traps (not related to list in the fun category)…maybe…hmmm

  32. TO RESTRAIN A PERSON WITH .

  33. Number #64 was close only in reverse. I used it to pull my gun, bow or any equipment up to me in the deerstand and lower it back down. In the early years I had to have a seat. Those climbing deerstands were not made for comfort.

  34. I made a dog collar for my dog and it has a carabener as its clasp. When unwound it has 18 feet of 550 paracord plus the carabener to use.

  35. You guys are so clever – we are really impressed by the list you came up with and appreciate all your ideas.

    Alberta born

  36. #20 is a sling but no specification if it’s a First Aid sling or a rifle sling.
    As a down rigger cable (for fishing – tie knots every 10 feet, heavy weight on the end and a release to carry the fishing line down deep while trolling from a boat – fish bites and the release lets go of the light line an you fight the fish to the surface. )

  37. I crocheted some cord into a large shopping bag and made another piece for a floor mat in my car. It can be crocheted into slippers, sandals or hats to shade one from the sun. It wears well and washes nicely with the garden hose. If you know how to macramé, the cord is wonderful to make plant hangers, curtains, tote bags, and other such braided items.

  38. Touriquet for an injury .

  39. Use it as a trigger puller from a distance.
    Use it to belt your jacket closed.

  40. We used it to count our paces when learning land navigation; tie a knot for each 100 paces (approx 100 meters); 10 knots is a kilometer. Mentioned earlier, but works well as a sling for injured arm, if you have a towel, shirt or some kind of padding. I also use to hang a tarp over our table when camping, and always have a roll in the camper for many of the uses already mentioned. Also must have Duck brand duct tape!!

  41. 1. Cub Scout/Boy Scout woggle (neckerchief slide.
    2. Teaching Scouts to tie knots.
    3. Rigging up snare to stop New Gay Scout leaders out of boys tents when on campouts.

  42. Braid it around a metal rod to create a Kubaton self defense device.

  43. Used paracord for a “flag rope” on a flagpole on a red “range is in use” flag. It was still going strong after 4 summers.
    Have used several wraps around a tire and tightened down with a stick to hold the bead of a tire against the rim while manually reinflating the tire.

  44. Tie pack to tree
    Tie poles together to make tepee
    Tie 3 poles body height together with one horizontal lower fill in between for back to make a chair
    Tie down cargo in truck
    Tie up girlfriend

  45. use multiple long strands togeather to make a corchet loop sling for to carry ones rifle

  46. Rope snake for cleaning rifle or pistol.

  47. Make a pully to lift something heavy.

  48. part of a Water pump to get well water

  49. Use it to cut your steak! :) Ha!

  50. It looks like you have your 20 additional uses plus more. what type of steak are you going to order?
    A fence if you have enough.
    A horse bridle.
    Braid a dog collar.
    As a Lasso.
    Hang harvested game.
    Make a net for hanging dishes to dry.
    A line with loops to put hooks in to hang Pots.

  51. William Beattie

    Construct the aforementioned tee pee, place paracord inside to hold meat to make jerky. Get meat by tying inner strand on flexible branch to make bow. Or inner strand tied to long thin stick with a floating stick used as the bobber and safety pin as a hook to fish. Use with toothpaste as grit to cut tree limbs. When bow not used for hunting or other things, wrap bow string around dry stick and use with another dry piece of wood to start fire.

  52. how about a BoLo to trip up people or animals. a sling to throw rocks etc.Jewelry,(really check out “Tying it all together” on you tube). making snowshoes. inner strands to secure arrows when fishing w/bow,also for artificial sinue.well there is a few more. if you win i want a doggie bag. lol

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  54. Some of my general uses have been listed, but might as well. Pet collars, restraints (although usually the bedroom kind – especially for making cuffs), floggers with looped falls, nets of all kinds – particularly for saving floor space when it comes to a big toy box, cat toys,.

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