There’s nothing like going camping for a weekend. Three days of fresh air, beautiful natural scenery, and plenty of time to sit alone and reflect. Plus, if you would enjoy more strenuous activities, like hiking, swimming, or exploring, those are usually available in nearby proximity. But, what would you do if you got lost when hiking in the woods or making your way back from the swimming hole? How would you survive?
When in a survival situation, whether short or long term, one of the best tools to have on hand is parachute cord. Parachute cord, better known as paracord, is an all-purpose, lightweight cord that is perfect for use in survival situations. It comes in a variety of lengths and colors and is made out of 7 cords of nylon which are wrapped in a flexible braided nylon sheath. This makes for a strong cord – in fact, real paracord’s combined breaking strength is 550 pounds. This is the reason that is it sometimes referred to as 550 cord.
Paracord was first used in parachute construction during World War II and in order to be used for military purposes, it had to fit many requirements. First of all, it had to be strong enough to handle the weight of the soldier, his weapon, and any extra equipment that he had along for the ride. In other words, paracord had to be able to carry a significant amount of weight without breaking. It also had to be flexible enough to absorb some of the shock when the parachute opened.
Secure Your Gear with Paracord
Paracord’s versatility lends itself quite well in survival or camping situations. For instance, you can use this cord to set up, carry, and secure your important equipment. This can be particularly helpful to prevent loss or damage to your equipment while on the trail.
Paracord Can Help You Fill Your Belly
Most survival situations last for less than 24 hours, but what happens when stuck in an adverse situation for a longer period of time? One of the most important things that you will have to do is to find a way to catch food.
If you are close to a body of water, you can use the nylon fibers inside the paracord’s nylon sheath as a fishing line. Alternatively, if you find yourself in a survival situation where this isn’t an option, you can you paracord to make simple traps, like a snare, to catch small game.
Additional Uses of Paracord
This versatile nylon cord can be used to perform a variety of general purpose tasks, not limited to the ones listed above. Some of them include:
** As a tourniquet
** Hang game
** A splint for a broken arm or leg
** Make sutures
** Make a fire
It’s also important to note that several pieces of paracord can be braided together for even more strength. But, that’s not all – its inner strands can be pulled out easily for additional uses like emergency stitches (you must boil them first), dental floss, trapping snares, fishing, and sewing.
How To Make Your Own Pocket Paracord Dispenser
A good survivalist always has paracord on hand, but it’s not always practical to carry a lot when a little will go a long way. So, if you would like a wildly convenient way to keep this useful tool nearby, here are the instructions to building your very own pocket paracord dispenser. This version holds 35 feet of cord.
What You Will Need:
1 empty tic tac container, 200 count
What to Do:
Drill a hole in the center of the tic tac container, make sure that it goes all the way through and it is big enough to fit the bolt
Insert the bolt through the hole and gently screw the nut onto it.
Use a small piece of duct tape and attach the end of the paracord to the bolt
Use a power drill to turn the nut and wind the paracord
Insert the end of the paracord through the hole in the tic tac dispenser and shut the lid
One Last Thing…
Before you go out and buy the first piece of paracord you see, it is important to note that there are many types of paracord on the market and they are not created equal. True military grade paracord will be rated to support up to 550 pounds and are designated MIL-C-5040 Type III. This strength is because each of the 7 inner threads is made up of 3 strands.
The Bottom Line
Paracord is an essential tool to have in survival situations. It’s practical, simple, and it’s versatility of use only limited by your own imagination.
Source by Jeffrey Howie