Guide to paracord and why preppers should have some in their emergency supplies
In case you didn’t know, paracord is the granddaddy of all cordage for a survival situation. That is because it was originally used as a suspension line on parachutes during World War II.
It became an invaluable type of cordage that paratroopers would reuse often. It took a long time for it to be widely available for the everyday consumer and prepper.
550 paracord gets its number designation for how much weight it can hold or its breaking strength. With that in mind and with such a versatile tool at your disposal, it can be used to a great extent.
Here are some good ways to use paracord:
1. Use as a Shoelace
This type of use isn’t really useful until you have planned. Using paracord as a shoelace is good because it is a backup to any other line you may have. You set it and forget it until you need it.
2. For Shelter
Paracord that has a rated breaking point at 550 pounds is worth considering when constructing a primitive type structure. It may be a good way to secure a lean-to or a tipi and can even be used for some heavy lifting if you can fashion a pulley system.
3. Use as Fishing Line & Lure
Yet another good use for paracord is as a fishing line. Its use is pretty straightforward. The best strategy for fishing is dropping a line in calm moving and deep water. You can also get extra creative and make lure’s out of paracord by fraying and burning a small section to look like a small fish or worm.
4. Bow making
Although paracord may not be as elastic as some other type of line, it has strength and that’s what you need. You may need an extra line at the ready in case it fails the first time. The wood you should use must be flexible such as a young sapling.
5. Make a net
It is also another scenario where you may need an extra piece of gear that can be made from rope.
A net can be used to carry or drag anything you want and it could be used however you want in terms of carrying goods and possessions, Although, the actual construction of it may be technical and time-consuming. If made beforehand, it could be extremely useful in a long-term situation.
It is very intriguing to imagine the other possible uses that paracord could be used for, more than what is mentioned here. Many soldiers and civilians have been able to find various uses for paracord.
So is paracord worth considering and trusting your life with? Yes in any situation imaginable.
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