Paracord is actually a very versatile item. From survival bracelets to fashion jewelry, it seems we are seeing a lot of paracord lately, but it does have other uses. Paracord started out as part of the parachutes that paratroopers used in World War II, but over the year its audience, and its uses, have expanded.
If you have some paracord in your garage and want to know what uses it might serve, try some of these:
Fishermen will like the idea of using it as fishing line, especially in a pinch. If your line breaks, use your paracord; or if you have the paracord along on a hike, but no fishing pole, you can use the paracord to catch dinner.
If your bootlaces (or shoelaces) break, paracord makes a great shoestring. It’s durable and won’t break as many standard shoelaces do.
For campers, starting a fire with paracord is easy. The nylon catches heat, but will not burn. You will use it in a primitive, bow drill way.
You can also use paracord to hold down a tarp, tie up bundles of sticks or newspapers, as tent ties, or even to pull a sled if your sled’s lead breaks.
Your emergency paracord can be used on hikes or camping trips to make a splint if necessary.
One fun thing to do with paracord is to make your own dog leash and collar. The paracord is strong, so your dog will be secure, and it is rot-resistant, so rain or sweat will not be a problem. Additionally, all the great paracord colors make it easy to customize your pup’s leash and collar for your personal tastes.
Key chains can also be personalized this way, too, and you’ll have your paracord on you at all times, in case of an emergency. The paracord can be braided or knotted either on a key ring or you can make it the key holder, in a lanyard-style way.
Those with long hair might want to use paracord as hair ties. True, it sounds like a fashion use, but if you’re out on the trail and your hair is in your eyes, this can be a lifesaver.
Pull cord on your lawn mower broken? No worries, you can use paracord! Same goes for a chainsaw, motor boat engine or weed eater (or any other type of pull chain, really).
It can be used to rope off areas, such as wet paint or newly planted grass, in your yard or home. Or you can make your own hammock-style vegetable grower to hang on a trellis. It’s perfect for growing vegetables vertically.
Whatever you choose, know that paracord is a versatile tool and something that can, and should, be kept around the house.