101 Uses for PARACORD

Welcome to our guide of 101 uses for paracord! We had a great time writing down this list and we hope you find some real good value in reading it.

Surviving the Wild with 101 Uses for Paracord

What is a Kern?

Parachute cord, also known as paracord, is a variety of what is known as kernmantle rope, which is comprised of the kern (core ropes) and is encased by a mantle (sometimes referred to as a jacket). Kernmantle ropes gains their strength from the kern and durability from their mantle.
Mantle: the outer sheath which is woven, often using 32 strands.
Kern or core ropes: The inner strands which are twisted into their form using smaller yarns.

101 Uses for Paracord

Here we go with our best uses for paracord!

  1. Tie people together on a trail so that they stay together.
  2. Use as rope ladder
  3. Use as an effective improvised rifle or binocular sling
  4. Marks the trail
  5. Secure a tent or shelter
  6. Bundle firewood together for easy transport.
  7. Use for hanging food
  8. String paracord around the perimeter of your camp and attach a few bells or tin cans. This makes an early warning system like a trip wire alarm.
  9. Measure distance if you forgot to bring any measuring devices
  10. Wrap the tang of a broken knife or ax handle with paracord
  11. Use as a fire starter
  12. Use as a fishing line or net
  13. To lash a raft together
  14. Makes a great sling to throw an improvised spear or stone.
  15. Use paracord to tie horses or dogs to a tree for the night so they don’t take off
  16. As animal snare or trap
  17. Paracord is easily rigged into a pulley for lifting all sorts of objects
  18. Hang animals from trees for skinning.
  19. Strap down items to your vehicle
  20. Paracord is strong enough for rappelling. For ease of handling sand safety, use multiple strands.
  21. Use a length of paracord as an improvised zip line to span a small canyon. Tie a rock to one end to send it across to someone on the other side, then secure it.
  22. A piece of paracord can create an ultra strong pair of improvised handcuffs
  23. Paracord makes an effective improvised rifle or binocular sling.
  24. Lash some paracord to radio antenna line and throw it up into a tree for better reception
  25. Identify members of a group using different colored armbands or bracelets
  26. Walking in deep snow is hard without snowshoes, but using paracord to lash a few evergreen boughs to your feet makes it far easier to walk.
  27. Use a length of paracord to hang a lantern over your latrine or pit toilet for safety.
  28. Make an improvised tree stand by lashing a log between two trees about ten feet up, using paracord.
  29. Use paracord as a life line to someone who has fallen through ice.
  30. Use paracord to replace the metal sling swivels on your rifle for a super silent sling system.
  31. Make an improvised Swiss seat out of paracord to create an effective climbing harness.
  32. Fray an end of a little piece of paracord and use it as a fly for fly fishing.
  33. Tied into proper loops or even double looped, paracord makes a great improvised carabiner.
  34. Broke a pull string for a boat engine or chainsaw? Use a paracord!
  35. Roll up sleeping bags and tie them up for transport.
  36. Take an ordinary garbage bag and drape it over a bushy tree limb, tying the end with paracord. Come back in a few hours to enjoy water that accumulates inside due to condensation.
  37. Use paracord in conjunction with a piece of tarp material to create an improvised water catchment system.
  38. Use paracord as a life line to someone who has fallen through ice.
  39. Use a length to hang your compass around your neck.
  40. Lash your fixed blade knife to a long pole with paracord and create an improvised and formidable spear.
  41. Hang tools from your belts.
  42. A length of paracord and an old DVD or CD makes a great signaling device.
  43. Use paracord as an improvised lanyard to keep your pistol on your body.
  44. Hand tools from your backpack.
  45. Tie some loose branches together with paracord and drag them behind you when you walk on a trail to obscure your tracks.
  46. Paracord makes a great safety line for diving. Tie it to yourself and tie one end on the boat.
  47. Roll up sleeping bags and tie them up for transport.
  48. Lash three poles together at the top with paracoard to make a tripod that you can place over a fire and hang a pot from.
  49. Use a length of paracord lashed across a stream so that the elderly or infirm can use it as a railing to cross.
  50. Use paracord as improvised tie downs for an airplane.
  51. The kern is excellent to make improvised stitches from to sew up a wound (suture).
  52. Two sticks and a good length of paracord is an improvised splint.
  53. Use as a makeshift stretcher
  54. Use to remove a stuck ring
  55. A paracord made into a loop and a stick threaded through it makes an improvised tourniquet. Turn the stick and the paracord will squeeze tight.
  56. As identification bracelet
  57. Cutting a 5 to 7 inches of paracord’s inner stands. You got yourself a DIY dental floss.
  58. Bundle a paracord and use it as a pillow of head support.
  59. A braided or twisted piece of paracord makes a good bite block when performing improvised surgery
  60. A length of paracord makes an instant clothesline to dry wet clothes.
  61. Repair torn clothing
  62. Toddlers are easily secured with a paracord lanyard, but you must not leave them unattended!
  63. A length of paracord makes an instant clothesline to dry wet clothes
  64. Secure your eyeglasses with a paracord lanyard to prevent loss.
  65. Replace broken thong / strap with paracord
  66. Reweb an old chair with paracord.
  67. Use as ID lanyard.
  68. Paracord makes a great improvised zipper pull to repair a broken zipper.
  69. Makes a great hammock.
  70. Lash you favorite six pack with a length of paracord then throw it in a stream or in your cooler to chill.
  71. Replace your watch strap with some woven paracord. It’s both decorative and strong.
  72. You can also make a toy for you per using paracord!
  73. Melt the paracord mantle and use it for some amazingly sticky glue that dries hard.
  74. Use it to tie down items to the roof of a car and it will withstand the highest winds.
  75. Paracord makes a great replacement drawstring for anything that needs one.
  76. Paracord can be fun, too. A couple lengths of it suspended from a tree limb and a old plank makes a handy swing.
  77. Woven flat, paracord makes a variety of mats.
  78. Lash some paracord to radio antenna line and throw it up into a tree for better reception.
  79. Paracord makes a great safety line when working in high places.
  80. You can make a drawstring bag with paracord, too! The design allows for plenty of air-flow which will help to dry your kit ready for it’s next use.
  81. Tie up the legs of a turkey when toasting.
  82. Paracord makes a great improvised belt or suspenders should yours break.
  83. Tie your double door handles together with paracord for added security.
  84. If you city dog is giving you away by barking too much in the bush, use paracord to make an improvised muzzle.
  85. Use paracord as a temporary replacement for a broken serpentine belt on you car or truck.
  86. Use the mantle of the paracord to act as a silencer on dog tag chains. Simply put your chain inside the mantle then fasten.
  87. A length of paracord tied to a key ring makes a great improvised flail.
  88. Braid some paracords and use it as a guitar strap.
  89. Make arts and crafts to stave off boredom.
  90. Make a tow line. Double or triple it for extra strength.
  91. Suddenly run out of hair ties? Cut some inches and use it as a DIY hair accessory!
  92. Save you phone chargers by wrapping them with paracord.
  93. Love cats? You can DIY a scratching pole for them using some used paracords and sticks.
  94. Fix the ripped plastic bumper of you car by drilling holes and use paracord to keep it from flopping or getting worse.
  95. Knit some paracords together and make a DIY plant hanger.
  96. Tie one of your gloves with paracords, then loop ti through the inside of your coat and out the other sleeve. Next, tie your other glove on. You won’t lose you gloves this way and they’ll be right there when you need them.
  97. Tie your closed ended wrenches together with paracord to avoid losing them.
  98. Put your shoulders to work: bind thick paracords together and use them in your next battle ropes workout!
  99. Tie to a sled so it’s easy to drag through snow.
  100. Tie bundles of sticks together to move them when pruning.
  101. Use paracord to connect your parachute and your jump harness. Oh right! That’s what it was supposed to be used for!!!

We definitively hope you found some great ideas, because we did so!