The word paracord is actually a blend of “parachute” and “cord”, and it was originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during WWII. However, both the military and civilians alike have found hundreds of other uses for paracord that make life easier.
Let’s explore some of these interesting uses.
1. Tool Belt
Use paracord to tie tools to your belt so you don’t need to hold them all the time.
2. Secure A Tent
Use paracord to make sure your tent won’t be going anywhere due to the wind. Really useful when camping.
3. Around Your Backpack
Tie your tools around your backpack using paracord if you don’t have enough room in the backpack or want to have them all on hand.
4. Use As Tourniquet
Paracord can also be used as a tourniquet in emergencies. It’s easy to tie and long enough to fit all sizes.
5. Paracord Belt
This kind of belt can prove useful if you find yourself in a survival situation. During such times, people usually lose weight, so having an adjustable belt might come in handy.
You can make a sling out of paracord to support injured limbs. Cobra weave or macrame it for extra strong hold.
If someone suffers an injury, you can use a stick to make a splint and paracord to hold it in place.
You can use paracord to make suspenders as an alternative to the paracord belt we saw earlier.
9. Bra straps
Paracord can also be used to make bra straps. They’re easy to put together and look quite edgy.
10. Pulley System
In order to make sure you’ll carry as few heavy stuff as possible, you can make a pulley system out of paracord to help you.
11. On The Wall
Use paracord to put up pictures on the wall- why not try it?
If you have pets you know they tend to shred stuff, so why not make cute toys for them to paw at and chew on instead?
You can use paracord as towline, but sometimes rope might be a better option- choose wisely.
You can use paracord as clothesline. Just make sure you tie the ends into tight knots on something sturdy- and you’re good to go.
15. Neck Lanyard
You can make neck lanyards out of paracord, attaching your keys or ID at work.
16. Zipper Pull
We all know how annoying it is to have a broken zipper pull. So why not fix it using paracord?
Make fancy shoelaces out of paracord. Just make sure you use a lighter to melt the cut ends to prevent them from unraveling.
If you find yourself in a survival situation, chances are you may need to start hunting to eat. Paracord traps could help you with that- just watch your step afterward.
19. Drawstring Bags
Another use for paracord is to use it as a substitute for drawstrings on bags- smart and neat.
20. Roll Up
Sometimes rolling up stuff, especially paper, and storing it is a great idea; bad thing is, they tend to unroll easily. And that’s when paracord comes into play to tie the roll up.
21. Fishing Net
You could also make fishing nets using paracord, but you should make sure you turn it into a webbed network, spaces varying according to the kind of fish you’re trying for.
Make your own hammock using fabric and paracord. Just make sure you tie the ends tight and you’ll be fine. Otherwise you can make a whole hammock out of paracord, but this would take lots of time and skill.
23. Tie Plants To Stakes
Tying plants to stakes is useful to support the plants. Jute and other garden twines can be used as well, but, unlike paracord, those tend to rot.
24. Bundle Herbs To Dry
If you happen to grow herbs in your yard, then you can use paracord to bundle and dry them so you can use them later on in your recipes.
Another use for paracord is making leashes for pets and livestock, especially for the stronger and heavier ones.
26. Pet Collars
Or you can make collars for your pets and livestock. Consider adding cute adornments too.
Hopefully you won’t need those, but just in case, it’s good to know that you can also make handcuffs using paracord.
Protect yourself from the rain by wearing a garbage bag or rain gear and using paracord to secure it so that you remain dry.
29. Chain Of People
Use paracord to keep people together on trails, especially when fog or snowstorms don’t allow for high visibility.
30. Woven Seats
Repair chairs featuring woven seats by following the weaving pattern and using paracord instead.
31. Dental Floss
Although when facing survival situations the last thing you have in mind is dental hygiene, you can floss if you want by using the inner strands of paracord.
32. Bow Drill
You can use paracord to make a bow drill and start a fire if you’re not used to starting one using your hands.
33. Knife Handle
You can use paracord to make a knife handle that won’t wear and break. You can also make a loop at the end of the handle so you can hold it easily.
34. Repair Sails
You can repair broken sails while at sea, using paracord. It can come in really handy.
35. Hang A Kettle
When camping or in a survival situation, you’ll need some paracord to hang a kettle over fire so that the water inside boils.
36. Sewing Thread
When in an emergency situation, you might need to sew something and chances are you won’t have brought sewing thread with you. Guess what! Paracord can help you again- just use the inner strands.
37. Trip Wire
Use paracord and empty cans- or anything that makes noise if moved really- and create a trip wire when you camp outside.
38. Watch Strap
In case your watch strap gets torn and you can’t replace it at that moment, you can use paracord instead.
39. Clean Hoses
Hoses tend to get dirty over time, not only on the outside but also on the inside. Tie granny knots in paracord and pull it through the hose to clean it.