40 Uses for Paracord



It’s an amazingly strong and versatile rope-like material used to suspend soldiers from parachutes and so much more. Whether you wear a survival bracelet containing 20 feet of it or keep spools of 1,000 or more feet around, paracord is a flexible survival tool—both literally and figuratively!

We have compiled a list of 40 uses for paracord, some of which you may have thought of already, and some which may surprise you.

40 Uses for Paracord

  1. Tie up your bedroll
  2. Suturing a wound (unwoven, it can become thread for stitches)
  3. Patching clothing or packs (again, when unwoven)
  4. Weaving a mat to sleep or work on
  5. Snaring small game
  6. Tying a ponytail or bun (hey, no one wants hair in their eyes!)
  7. Tying off fishing poles
  8. Securing supplies within a tree
  9. Creating a makeshift door lock
  10. Weaving a blanket
  11. Securing a tarp for shelter
  12. Making a clothesline for drying
  13. Makeshift meat hook for butchering game
  14. Create a “life line” in a body of water
  15. Fashion a rope for climbing
  16. Makeshift fan belt for a motor vehicle
  17. Use it as a tripwire
  18. Create a makeshift fishing line (unwoven)
  19. Sew your pants with it40 uses for paracord
  20. Towing a vehicle or heavy load (this will require weaving a rope of many cords)
  21. Rappelling (again, you’ll need to weave many cords together)
  22. Use it to make a field tourniquet
  23. Tying off a boat or raft to a dock
  24. Secure branches together to create a small hut
  25. Use it as kindling in a pinch (it will need to be unwoven)
  26. Use it as a shoelace
  27. Make a pulley (you never know when this may come in handy)
  28. Use it as a “life line” when hiking in groups after dark
  29. Create “tie-offs” on your pack, pants, or purse to free up more storage space
  30. Use it to suspend a hammock (heck, you could probably weave a hammock from it, too)
  31. Make a ladder with it
  32. Use it as a bow string
  33. On that note, use it in a bow drill for starting fires
  34. Use it for mapping: leave a trail of cord behind you to find your way back to base
  35. Use it to secure logs together into a raft
  36. Bundle heavy items (like firewood) for easier hefting and carrying
  37. Use it to secure your pack to your person (like an anchor line)
  38. Use it to pull a sled full of gear, wood, etc.
  39. Make a belt to keep your trousers up
  40. Make a “cat’s cradle” if the day should prove peaceful and boring

Did we miss anything in our 40 uses for paracord? Leave your ideas and instructions in the comments below

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Skip Tanner is more than a writer, avid outdoorsman, hiker and international survival expert. He is also the creator of The Ultimate Survival Guide Books, The Family Survival Garden Guide, Becoming a King in the New World Guide and ExpertPrepper.com. Skip's been studying, sharpening, and expanding his skills every day since he was 15 years old. At expertprepper.com, he brings you the news you need to know as well as breakthrough information from some of the best authors and experts in their field. Together, they share their deepest secrets of survival with you.

1 Comment

  1. Karl

    November 2, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    41. Use it to hang a pot or other container over a fire from a stick, tripod, or branch.
    42. Tie several sticks into a tripod for hanging a pot over a fire.
    43. holding caught fish in a stream to keep them from swimming away.
    44.Weave a bag or container to hold items.
    45. Use as a lanyard to secure your knife, compass or other items to your body so you don’t drop and lose them.
    46. Field expedient Bolo. Tie 2 cords together overlapping in the middle with rocks at the ends. Throw them to catch, knock down prey.
    47. Tie up assailants after subduing them and hold them for the cops.
    48.Of course in a non-survival scenario, a little lite bondage activity.
    49. Tie a package for mailing.
    50. Tie items to roof of car or other vehicle.
    51. Tie a trailer to a bicycle.

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