10 Uses Of Paracord


Parachute cord, or paracord as it is known to most people, is an interweaving stitch of innovation, durability, and multiple usages – all in one bundle. The paracord is capable of playing important roles in not only survival situations, but also for outdoor enthusiasts, law enforcement, military, and even for someone who is heading out on a camping or backpacking trip.

The real number of paracord uses is only limited by the user’s imagination. To prove that the paracord actually belongs in the “many uses” category, we will show you the best uses of paracord.

Survival Uses of Paracord

1. Sutures

Getting severely wounded in the wilderness can be life-threatening, especially if the wound is not taken care of quickly. When professional medical attention is not an option (this is usually the case when you are camping in the wilderness), getting creative is the only thing that can help you survive. In most cases, the most ideal solution is to stitch up the wound – this can reduce the chances of massive blood loss and the risk of catching a serious infection.

If you did carry a first aid kit, you may have a suture kit. In extreme emergencies, however, you can use the inner threads of the paracord as sutures. The inner paracord strands are small and strong enough to close a wood in an emergency.

How to Use Paracord as a Suture

Pull the outer threads away from your paracord casing – this should expose the internal strands.

Pull out a couple of the internal strands – the longer, the better.

Thread a suture needle, leaving a long tail of the paracord strand out.

Now, you can go ahead and start closing the wound, starting in the middle.

2. Splint

Besides lacerations and open wounds, you may end up running into bone, joint, or muscle injuries. Pain from these types of injuries does vary in severity degrees. However, the worst cases could leave you 100% immobilized.

Being immobilized increases the risk of hypothermia (if you are hiking in cold weather), heat exhaustion (when hiking in summer), or dehydration (if your hydration bladder runs out of water).

Instead of giving up, you can use your paracord to splint your injury and control the pain. Hopefully, this should be enough to help you pick up your backpacking backpack, find your way to safety, and seek the needed medical addiction.

How to Turn a Paracord into a Splint

Lay some soft material (say, a hiking shirt or hiking socks) under the limb you would like to splint. The soft material will help with cushioning.

Next, lay a hard object on the injured limb to keep it stable.

Wrap the paracord around your injured limb, the cushioning material, and the hard object. Tie a knot to secure the hold. Ensure that the knot is not too tight such that it limits blood flow.

3. Sling

Making a sling is one of the survival uses of paracord that any outdoor enthusiast should learn. Depending on the location of your injury, you may need a sling to aid with controlling the movement of your shoulder or the injured arm. By providing limited movement, the sling should help you make it to safety with less pain and without further damage to the injury.

How to Turn a Paracord Into a Sling

For comfort, find something soft and a straight hard material (say, a stick) for stability.

Use your paracord to tie a slip knot around your wrist, including the stick and the soft material. Pull the paracord back behind your neck and then secure it to your elbow the same way you did on the wrist.

Place another soft material under your neck to prevent irritation and rubbing.

4. Makeshift Stretcher

This is one of the few survival paracord uses which work if you are exploring the wilderness in a group. If someone gets seriously injured, a makeshift stretcher can help you and your team get him/her to safety.

How to Make a Stretcher Using Paracord

Locate the middle of the paracord and then measure out five lengths in every direction. You should have 10 lengths in total. This should look like many flatted S shapes strung together – this will be the part where the injured person will lie.

Using an extra piece of paracord, proceed to tie every one of the lengths, creating a loop using a clove hitch.

Go ahead and thread the rest of the paracord through the formed loops. Finally, tie the end of the paracord to the body of your stretcher

5. Tourniquet


In the case of uncontrollable bleeding, one of the uses of paracord can be making a tourniquet. With arterial injuries, where the bleeding cannot stop, the tourniquet can be your last resort.

How to Turn a Paracord Into a Tourniquet

Braid your paracord into 1.5-inch width. With any lesser width, you will be risking skin laceration and probable infection. Since time is of the essence in the case of uncontrollable bleeding, be sure to braid the paracord quickly.

Wrap the paracord around your limb, just above the wound, and then tie a knot.

Insert a stick through your knot. Turn the stick and tighten your tourniquet until the bleeding slows down and eventually stops.

Tie off the stick. This will help hold the tourniquet pressure without you having to hold onto the stick with your hands.

Rescue Line (Quicksand/Drowning)

In the case of a quicksand or water drowning situations, you can turn your paracord into a rescue device. Water rescue may become necessary when you are out fishing, walking on thin ice, or when you are crossing a river. There are times when quicksand is undetectable until it is very late.

How to Use a Paracord as a Rescue Line

Tie a figure 8 knot in the paracord, steady your stance, and then toss the line towards the victim.

If the drowning victim is in moving water, consider tying the line to something that can float, for example, a lifejacket or a log – this will give you some weight, allowing the line to get out to the drowning victim.

Note: Always throw the line approximately one to two meters upstream of the individual in moving water to ensure that they have the ability to reach the line.

Other Uses of Paracord

Fishing Net

An efficient and quick way of catching a lot of fish is making use of a fishing net. The fishing net will increase the odds of scooping a lot of fish and grabbing them before they can manage to shake the line.

If you forgot to carry your best cast net but remembered your paracord, you can turn the paracord into a fishing net. The steps below should show you how.

How to Turn a Paracord Into a Fishing Net

Cut the paracord to the length you want to have on your fishing net – approximately 5 to 15 feet should work ideally. Separate the inner strands from the paracord’s sheath.

Place the paracord’s outer sheath horizontally and its inner threads vertically. Attach them to the corners where inner threads and the sheath meet.

On both sides and 2 inches apart, tie the inner strands to the sheath. Do this same thing in the opposite direction. Create a quick knot every time you overlap another strand.

Fishing Line

If you find yourself in the backcountry, out of the prepackaged backpacking food, and hungry, you will need to come up with a way to get something edible. If you are near a lake, stream, or river and you do know how to fish, all you will need is a fishing line, a bait, and some patience to get something you can cook.

Chances are, if you had just planned a regular backpacking trip, you won’t have a fishing line. This should not be a problem if you have access to a paracord.

How to Use a Paracord as a Fishing Line

Remove the inner threads.

Tie the ends of the threads together using the bend knot to create the ideal length.

Make a hook using a soda can and stick. Attach worms to the hook and start drowning them, waiting for fish to bite.

Hanging Food/Game

When camping in the wilderness, chances are, hungry wildlife will roam around your camping site, looking for something to eat. If you are a hunter and you have just dropped a deer just before nightfall, you may want to ensure that none of the wildlife steals your game.

If you have a strong enough paracord, you can use it to get your game or food off the ground, reducing the risk of wildlife stealing from you.

How to Hang Food/Game Using a Paracord

Scout the area where you would like to store the food and then figure out the ideal length of the paracord you will need. Keep in mind that the necessary length of the cord should be at least 2 times the height of the sturdy climb.

Throw the paracord over the chosen limb and then tie your food to the cord.

If your goal is to tie a game, you will need a stronger limb. Once you throw the paracord over the limb, tie a slip knot around each end of the game’s hind legs, to hold the game head down.

Rope Ladder

If you do pack your backpack regularly and head outdoors, you know that there are situations when you need extra elevation. You can easily convert the paracord into a rope ladder in such situations.

How to Use a Paracord as a Rope Ladder

Get 2 lengths of paracord, each about 1.5 times the height you would like to have on the ladder. Find sturdy branches that are approximately 8 to 12 inches for your rungs.

Lay the 2 pieces of the cord parallel to each other. Ensure that they are close enough to each other such that they overlap the branches 2 inches on each side. Lay your rungs out at an ideal distance apart from each other.

Using constrictor knots, tie your paracord to each of your rungs. Tie the top of your ladder to your desired location.

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While this article shows you most of the paracord uses, you have to keep in mind that we have not outlined all the uses. As we had noted at the beginning of the article, the paracord uses can only be limited by your imagination.

You must practice working with paracords before you get in a situation where your survival is at risk. Keep in mind that time practiced is never wasted, especially when you are preparing for emergencies.

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