80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss?

By on January 31, 2013

Last week a friend of mine saw the paracord lanyard that I keep on my keychain and asked what it was for.

I explained a little history of paracord and told him and many of the different ways that it could be used.

I told him (jokingly) that there were over 100 different uses for paracord.

He laughed at me and said that if I could list off 100 uses he would take me out to my favorite steak joint and buy me dinner.

What he failed to say was that I couldn’t have help getting the list together.

I’ve come up with a list of 80 things so far and I need your help to find the other 20 (or more!)

Here is what I have so far:

1: Tie tarp to trees
2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc)
3: Emergency para cord wrist band,
4: emergency snare (from one of the strands inside)
5: Fishing line (from inner strands)
6: Boot laces
7: Floss with the inner strands
8: Dog lead
9: Emergency suture ( from inner strands)
10:Wrap knife handle
11: Bow drill
12: Clothes line
13: Improvise a seat  by lashing a long log horizontally to 2 trees
14: Emergency repair for sail while sailing/canoeing
15: Belt for your trousers
16: Hang kettle/cooking pot over a fire
17: Emergency sewing thread (from inner strands)
18: Make a fishing net from inner strands
19: Make into a net hammock
20: Improvise a sling
21: Hobble your horse
22: Perimeter trip wires (attach to tin cans or anything to make noise)
23: Watch strap
24: Rig up a quick bow stringer when you’ve forgotten yours…
26: Carry gear on your back when you don’t have a rucksack
27: A platypus hose cleaner(by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through.
28: Tie house keys to forgetful children.
29: Emergency tow rope – admittedly you need several strands but it is surprising what a few together will hold!
30: A pulley line for dragging big bits of wood up the side of a hill
31: A standby strop….  for polishing a razor
32: A skipping rope for kids (needs a heavy knot in middle)
33: Hang mesh frames for propagating plants in greenhouse.
35: Rudimentary swing for the kids as and when they become bored.
37: Abseil down a cliff edge
38: Headband/ hair tie
39: Bundling around firewood for easy carry
40: Tie on to a sled so you can drag it during the heavy snow.
41: Hang a light over the designated latrine for night times
42: Replace a snapped pull string on older lights.
43: improvise a fuse
44: hanging mirror or other large objects.
45: Use as strap wrench or Spanish windlass
47: Improvised bore snake for cleaning a firearm
48: Make a tire swing
49: Hanging your hammock
50: Hang an emergency whistle round your neck
51: Pull cord for chain saw
52: Pull cord for boat engine
53: Pull cord for lawn mower/ weed eater
54: Emergency Tourniquet
55: Tying down & Securing the straps & belts of rucksacks when travelling
56: Replacing a drawstring cord in a rucksack or on gaiters
57: Tent guy lines.
58: Tying your rucksack to something solid with sophisticated bushcraft knots outside a shop.
59: To tie down a rucksack lid should one or both buckles break.
60: To make an improvised stretcher by lashing poles together and making a net.
61: To lash poles together to make a shelter
62: To lash a blade to a long pole in order to use as a spear(for emergency hunting).
63: To wrap a mini maglite handle for grip
64: For lowering equipment/packs down cliff edges.
65 :Creating a snare
66: Entertainment during stressful times ( tying and untying knots  can take your mind off of your current situation)
67: Replacing a broken handle on a  knife or machete
68: Create a bow string for a bow and arrow
69: Hanging a kill or your rucksack out of reach of animals at night
70: Mooring your boat to a dock
71: Replace a broken water ski rope
72:teaching yourself to tie lifesaving knots
73:use it to collect water ( tie a knot and place inside a plastic bottle, hang from a rock or damp surface  area and the water will collect on the cord and drip into the bottle)
74: Help climb a tree, place around the tree to add more grip
75: Use it to make improvised snow shoes
76: make a sling for killing small animals
77: create a bullwhip for defense or entertainment
78: create trot lines for fishing
79: create a gill net for fishing
80: lash together multiple pieces for a stronger cord

That’s all I can come up with, so far…

Can you help me enjoy a steak dinner?

Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

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  1. mariowen


    Use it to tie up an intruder!
    Use it to make a “hammock” for large vegetables to hang on the trellis – such as growing squash and watermelon vertically.
    Use it to rope off an area for no trespassing/danger.
    Use it to hang your kill in a tree while you are out hunting.
    Use it to make a checker board and checkers by using two different colors for the checkers. )Make knots of different colors.) Just make a board with nails around the outside and weave the cord around the nails to hold it in place for the squares.
    Use it to tie to a toddler while you are outside working and not paying quite enough attention. This trick might save the life of your child. (It is not meant to be used to tether your children outside while you leave the premises! Use common sense!)
    Use it to tie to a stake at either end of a garden row to make straight lines for planting.
    Use to string lines for a trellis for plants to grow up – such as beans.
    Use it to secure a load in your truck.
    Use it as a pull cord for lights that work on a pull string.
    Use it to do improvised sewing (inner strands).
    Use it to lash together boxes or other items during moving.
    Use it to thread through the grommets on a tarp to hold down the tarp.

    OK – probably some of these are covered in a different way above but they might trigger off some ideas for other uses.

    • Adriano


      Use to tie a bag around a tree limb to collect the morning dew water. (make sure to tie it in a downward position)

    • Phil


      Wrap and weave on your hands for emergency work gloves.

    • Harry Sanderson


      wrap an ax or hatchet handle for absorbing shock.

      use it as a hanging wire for a picture.

      make a strap for a pair of binoculars.

      make a hunting/defense sling to throw rocks or other items.

      taught the daughters how to braid by tieing 3 and 4 strands at one end, then attaching to a clipboard to anchor the knot.

    • Jane


      A ball – enterainment: throwing/hitting, hacky-sack, accuracy game, etc.

    • Jack


      Paracord? Ummm…to fix a bad cord on your parachute?…just an idea. Or, how about an emergency / self-defense garrote. There’s two uses.
      Enjoy that steak dinner!

      • Ken


        Ah… I wanted to point out the parachute repair :)

      • Walrus


        nice to see that somebody remembered from where paracord actually came from – very useful if using a parachute!

        Add to that makes a good “messenger” when making a rope bridge etc. send the paracord over first (nice and light) use it to pull over a heavier rope!

        If need be you can make your heavier rope out of paracord either “plait” it or twist it together, mind you you’d need a lot!

        Makes a nifty dog lead – plait it up so it don’t cut your hand, looks “cool” if done properly.

        that’ll do for now

    • Brigitte


      EXERCISE AID – Arm support for pull ups off tree branch also for support for abs, as in hanging knee pull ups for crunches.
      You could cut 4 equal length, two for each side, then other lengths cut to weave as with the para cord bracelets to make
      the needed loop lengths to secur to over head tree branch. Make to chose a branch strong enough to bear your weight
      As you do crunches.

    • Clara


      Weave a mat

    • John


      I’ve used paracord to secure(spread)to a tree/bush/rock the legs of big game animals while cleaning them when there is no one with me to help.

    • joan anderson


      as a former EMT we used it all the time. use with a blanket for a strecher.we also used with pegs in the back of a truck for evacuating aperson with a back injury,used like a sling.tie your tail pipe up when a brace breaks.an em. leash for dog or cat.we have 4 wheelers
      it great for towing or for the kids out of mud bogs they all have to try it at least onceallso get fer temp mending fences pulling sleds for sleding or movingheavy things with a

    • Tom Elliott


      tying up tomato plants to stakes.
      making a fence around the garden so it doesn’t get mowed down.
      use to train bean vines to cimb up a pole.

    • Herb Wyatt


      anchor rope, boat tie-down rope

    • G M Faser


      Use it to secure bales of hay on a trailer with what we call a hay hauling knot. You make a loop in it then come around the top rail on the trailer run it back through the loop you have tied above 2-3 ft then pull down tight with your weight and then loop around the cord and come back through it tight. I can’t remember the name of this hitch but it is basically a slip knot. When you start you already have it tied to the other side of the trailer with knot you prefer.
      I like to burn my paracord into instead of cutting it and then burning it to prevent unraveling.

      • Ken


        It’s called a truckers hitch

    • 0

      I always carry a long rope in trunk of car.May be used to rescue someone from a fall in river by tossing the rope with a limb or board tied to rope end so drowning person can grab and be pulled to safety.

    • Bill


      Pull a loose tooth, Flag lanyard, String across motorcycle track for self-defense measure.

      • MikeR


        If you use the inner strands for floss and use it often, you may not ever have to pull that tooth.

    • Phyllis



    • Mel


      use it to make emergency weapons like a sling or a weighted mace

    • HT


      Use it to make a sling shot.

      • WO


        HT You are thinking of a sling.[Think of ‘David.’] A sling shot uses rubber straps. Mel was correct.
        But a cord could be used to entertain a cat. Or a night trip wire with cans to alert. Tie a door shut. Make a bolo. Hat strap. A river crossing ‘rope.’ Hold up one’s pants. Handcuffs. Hang up food stash. A tourniquet. Splice a broken bone. Tie up faggots. Tie oneself to a tree limb when sleeping in trees[think hunting]Tetherball cord repair. Hold a rolled up mattress. Paracord and duct tape can hold the world together!

        • t losee


          He may have also ment a slung shot, the classification of the melee weapons made by wrapping a hard spherical object with a monkey fist knot and leaving a handle on it.

        • Glenn


          I have actually made a slingshot out of this stuff. NOT a sling. A slingshot. I used aluminium libs for the torque pressure. Was hard to pull back and somewhat difficult to use but that thing hits VERY hard. Specially with chrome bearings.

    • ALAN18


      Boot/ shoe strings! Duh! Can’t believe nobody mentioned the obvious! Also once SHTF and you run out of rice and beans and the zombies are attacking you can hang yourself instead of becoming zombie lunch!!!!!! Sorry, dry humor.

    • Marius


      If you know how to make and use an Obendorf knot, you can use it for rappelling along a rope, if your descending device is broke or missing.
      In the same time, if your ascending device is broke or missing, you can make two Prusik knots and climb the same rope without any dificulty.

    • Var St. Jeor


      Repair a horse or pack animal saddle synch.
      Repair a bridle.
      Repair a back pack.
      Make a neck strap for your hat.
      Repair a pin hole in a white gas cook stove tank. (Explanation needed: Air dry the tank, light the end of the cord to melt it, aggressively press the melted material into the pin hole with your knife and let harden before removing the cord. Believe it or not, I did this on a pack trip and it lasted the full week.)

    • Amy McCollum


      use it as a trip wire to secure your premises,a leash for your animal,tied between cans for fun communication,playful bind w a partner,tie from ceiling to a pill bottle with gravel for the cat,use it to bind your herbs as they dry ,tie your hair back,to hold on cloth to a wound or bind a poultice to a wound,strung through the hole then the loop on a pair of jeans that lost the snap/button, a belt on your jeans,

    • gaiol


      to make a bow or fire drill
      to construct a pole lathe
      to replace a motor pull cord starter
      to set a broken or dilocated joint (Pull strap)
      to construct a block and tackle
      to reset a fan belt, drive chain, etc that has slipped off its pulley
      to construct a rope bridge
      to lash a raft
      to lash greenwood furniture
      to construct a traction splint
      to lower a bucket into a well
      to construct a web seat
      to lash a sharp rock to a long stick
      to lash antler or bone to a short stick
      to secure a fish trap
      to construct a sling pump
      to string a bridge swing
      to construct a snare
      to lash over a pit trap
      to cut wood or stone with a sand saw
      to construct a scale balance
      to pump water or other liquids

    • Steve


      I have had to use it for my engine. For the power steering and water pump. lasted well over 300 miles.

    • Barry the Terrible


      Make a closed loop and then tie the braid on the loop to make a key chain. Make one end to where it goes over your wrist and the other smaller to hang your keys. Makes a great self defense weapon because if you lose your grip flinging it at someones eyes you won’t throw your keys.

    • BpDavid


      Did I see a Cargo Tie-down? How about as a leg tie for your 1911 holster or Kabar sheath? Or an improvised basket to hang meat above bear’s reach.

    • Charlie


      sliding prussic to ascend hanging rope; make two and put them around your feet.

  2. mariowen


    Could it be used as the wick for a candle in candlemaking? I haven’t made a candle but it seems like it might work.

    • 0

      All paracord I’ve seen is nylon, will not “wick” will only melt.

  3. mariowen


    Use it as barter when SHTF. Everyone needs to have it for all the above reasons!

  4. mariowen


    Tie up a roast when roasting to keep it together – or the legs of a turkey during roasting.
    Weave it together in a tight square and you have a hot pad to set a hot pot on the table.
    Weave it together for placemats – they make great conversation pieces.
    You can tie one end to a heavy rope or chain. The other end attach a rock or heavy object that is small. With this, you can throw it into a tree or over a large load you want to secure. Then use it to pull up the heavy rope or chain. This works dandy.
    When you dive, attach one end to you and the other to a boat or object on shore. Then in case you get disoriented, you can follow the line back out…or if you get in trouble someone else can haul you out.
    You can do the same as above if you are trekking out in the dark and want to be sure to get yourself back but you can’t, or don’t want to, use a light. Just follow the line back. It would be great for going out in a blizzard!
    OK – go eat steak!!!!

    • BpDavid


      As Night-Hunter reminds us–it MELTS! Don’t think I want that on my roast or turkey drumsticks!

  5. Sam McCleneghan


    Use it as an emergency horse lead (need for that is surprisingly often)
    In the field temporary tack repair. (Broken headstalls, saddle strings, broken latigos, etc)

    • charlie


      Rifle sling, trip cord for alarm system ( empty cans etc. ), zip line, ghillie suit, lash a canoe to the top of your car,fly a kite, dog run,

      • Dennis


        My .22 has a paracord sling.

        • BpDavid


          I wrapped a broken bowie knife handle in a tight spiral with the ends tucked in, applied clear polyurethane, and it’s lasted 20 years and looks better than the wood handle did.

  6. Jim


    Volleyball / tennis / badminton net, rifle sling, horse / dog lead. Dog harness, fix a cracked gun stock (wrapped around weak portion and epoxy, replacement draw string in a hoodie or sweat pants

    • Joe



      ah the cracked gun stock! Good one, any idea how sturdy that makes it?

      • Herb Wyatt


        best emergency for cracked or broken gun stock is rawhide. Wrap it tight and let it dry and it is stronger than ever. Squirrel hide is very strong, better than deer.

      • Chuck


        If the split has two long pieces to it, it will work fine. Before the age of relatively cheap replacement stocks, there were many wire-wrapped stocks in use. Put the two pieces together, either screw or nail them together, taking care to make pilot holes so as not to further damage the wood and then wire-wrap the two pieces to add strength. Paracord tightly wound around the stock will serve the same purpose as the wire used to. Baling wire was the 19th century equivalent of paracord. Use it to repair everything. Paracord melts at fairly low temperature, so using it around fire or in cooking applications is not a practical application. As one poster to this comment said, he burns the cord rather than cuts it and melts the ends in place of whipping. If you want melted paracord on your meat, then it is okay to use to tie up your roast, otherwise, stick with cotton cord for cooking applications.

  7. Charles Hibbs


    You use paracord to restring xylophones, marimbas and vibraphones!

  8. Dave


    -To secure a broken bumper to the car
    – sling for arm
    – Sling for Rifle
    -To tie a broken fan belt in car
    – Tie Christmas tree to roof of car
    -To keep car doors closed when latch is broken
    -With knots in it can be used as Bore Snake to clean gun barrels
    -Can be used to hang yourself
    -Tow rope
    -Can be used as a Turneqet
    -As a guide rope to keep a group together in the dark
    -To tie up a broken muffler on a car
    -with a hook or magnet at one end, can be used to fish out keys out of sewer

    • Dan


      Laughed at use it to hang yourself… Twisted but funny

      • BpDavid


        But if the noose doesn’t hold and you fall down and break your leg, you can bind up the splint with it. (That is, if you ever return to the self-preservation mode!)

  9. 0

    First of all item 3 and 65 are the same “snare” putting emergency or using emergency as an identifier does not change the function. However, because the 250lb capacity it can be doubled, attached to a grappling hook, notted and used to scale walls. Fashioned into a rope ladder, enhance the grip on knives or tools, improvised belt, after soaking inner fibers in alcohol they can be used as improvised sutures, cord can be used as a trip wire, strung up on an approach lane attached to a noise device (can with rocks) to alert of oncoming intruders, soaked in a mixture of gasoline and gun powder can be used as a fuse (once dried), make a firewood bundle back pack, used as a garrote, hang a picture, hang curtains, makeshift door latch, braided it can serve as a makshift door handle. many more but I have to go to work now.

    • Joe



      Thanks for pointing that out Michael, Actually the paracord I use is 550 paracord ( 200lb test outer shell and each of the inner strands is 50lb test)

    • Ronald Burke


      It is 4 and 65 that are the same. several others are repeats as well.

      • Mark Allen


        4 and 65 are not the same. 4 uses the inner strands to BE the snare, 65 uses the cord hold to SUSPEND the snare.

  10. Michael


    Lashing a christmas tree to the top of your vehicle.
    Self-defense – large monkey fist tied around a rock will do the trick

  11. James


    Tourniquet, splinting a broken limb, traps of all kinds for people and food, garrote…

  12. Dave


    A sling for your rifle or shotgun. When woven in advance, this becomes the source of many of the listed uses.

    • Lyon400


      I’m Malaya in the 50’s the British SAS used to replace their metal sling swivels with paracord loops to stop them rattling, because at times they were no more than a few feet from guerrillas and rattling sling swivels could have ruined their day. Admittedly in the 50’s paracord wasn’t as sophisticated, and actually had to be cut from a parachute, but it did the job.

  13. Vivian


    wrap around a staff to give tracktion when hiking, which can be used to help someone who has fallen down the slope to get back up or unlashed to provide a rope to get up from a distance.
    Make any one of several traps in the wild to trap animals.
    Make a fishing trap, although weaving twigs would save your cord for something else.
    Tie a knot, or something heavy into the end and use for depth gauge in the water.
    Tie something to your head for protection from either wind, sun or rain.
    Use for temorary repair of shoes, or to make the tops of new shoes when your shoes have gave out.

    • duggy dugg


      tops of new shoes ? having trouble visualizing how to do that

      • Vivian


        Sandal like shoes. Anything to keep things from going into your foot.
        Or you can even weave a top.

      • 0

        suspenders and boot strings
        braided to make a collar for your goats
        tie together your fresh water hose for storage in your rv storage compartment
        tie up electrical cords to hang in garage
        use like tie wraps that have to be removed periodically

  14. Mike Owen


    I use the inner strands as yarn when using eggs fishing. It looks like skain shack and holds up very well.

  15. 0

    strap pieces of wood together to make a makeshift table

  16. UncleLee47


    Make a monkey fist for throwing or selfdefense
    Use multiple monkey fists for a bolo
    replace guitar strap
    clothes line
    watch band
    neck knife lanyard

  17. 0

    Haul a radio antenna wire high into a tree (for transceiver);
    Lashed over tyre on drive wheels to add grip in mud, like snow chains;
    Use as emergency fan belt on car;
    Tied to a number of trees to support tarpaulin and give shelter to large area;
    Compress clothing or bedding in garbage bags to reduce volume;

  18. Mike Owen


    Tie elk/deer bags to pack boards.

  19. 0

    Make a decorative necklace, replace cord from a neck knife, replace drawstring on sweatpants or bathing suit, rope ladder (for emergency escapes), repair a broken strap on a backpack, make a splint for a broken limb (with wood)… I’m sure there’s more, but I haven’t had breakfast yet…

  20. Mark


    On many occasions in bear country, we used it to hang our bear bag in a tree. It is great stuff and I always have a length of it when I go most places.

  21. 0

    on a folding scooter , use it to tie the two pieces for easy carry

    weave a strap for a guitar

    retriever for a cross bow arrow

    key ring

    tie closed end wrenches together

    safety line while working on a pitched roof

    tie ladder to roof so it doesn’t slide away

    tie a rock or other weight to allow you to toss the weight over a tree branch to yank down fruit …apple ..pear …cherry etc

    tie a length to both ends of wire saw with throwing weight on one end to get saw in position on limb out of reach

    twisting and three stranding , make a stronger rope for tree climbing / lowering cut limbs to ground / pull rope for pulling tree over after cutting roots or to direct the fall if chain sawing the trunk

    improvise sling for injured arm / splint for injured leg

    temp fence repair …gate repair …railing repair

    restraints for intruder assuming there are still police to call …

    emergency garotte against intruder… a few turns around the neck and lights out temporarily or permanently ….

  22. Bill Yoder


    Use paracord for a pant leg blouser to keep the bottoms of pant legs tight around boots. (Used inside the turned-up pant legs)The military used to do this.

    • Joe



      Good trick! its always nice to keep nasty critters out of your pants

      • levi


        I did this alot when I was in the marine corps because in garrison your trousers have to be bloused at all times. the elastic boot bands sold in stores would always break. Fortunately I was a parachute rigger and 550 was always available!

    • Ronald Burke


      Yep! Field mice love to run into dark places like an open pants leg. Nothing spoils your day quite like having a scared mouse running around inside your pants.

  23. Dave


    Emergency repelling , closing loop for skydiving rig, pull up cord, lashing (repairing) plastic atv fenders, hacky sac ,repair webbing on lawn chairs

    • Ken


      Do you mean rappelling?

  24. Ron


    Braid it for emergency tire chains.

    • Joe



      I don’t get much (any) snow down here so I would have never thought of that!

      • duggy dugg


        was trying to think of a snow chain use ..good one …all i could think of was a woven mat to give traction

        • David


          String the ends of the chains to tighten them to the wheel. (in case of lost or broken clips or rubber cords)

  25. 0

    Weave it together to make an over the shoulder strap to carry gear
    You can make a sweet belt out of it and later use it for anything already mentionedTie up a banner at an event when you for got the tie downs
    Tie off your boat in an emergency
    String your fish
    Gear tie Downs

  26. duggy dugg


    tie down trunk lid

    tie up a loose muffler / tail pipe …keeping it away from the hot part

    tie stuff to your bike

    tie jacket closed if zipper broke

    secure loose boot sole in the field

    tie stuff on bike / motor bike luggage rack

    light duty replacement for a bolt that fell out of equipment from vibration or you forgot to replace miles ago…

    life line to someone who fell through the ice

    emergency replacement for the toilet flap chain

    sling for the end of a 2 x 4 to use as a pry bar to lift a heavy rock

    tie down for garbage cans and lids

    loop for a snake stick

    woven car floor mat

    as a 3 strand rope emergency tie up for fractu

  27. duggy dugg


    fractured tree / phone pole

  28. Bob


    Lash a line of people together so they don’t get separated in the dark (forest, cave, crowded street or hallway during a panic.

    Hang your solar shower.

    • 0

      Make a knot with a loop for children to put their hands through. Keeps together and if one falls they all know to help.

  29. Tom Cross


    use as a Jump rope for children, or to keep in shape yourself.

    Use it or strands, to tie pine tree lims, or clumps of long grass together to make a thatch roof or bough roof for shade or to keeps out the rain.

    Use in a snare for small animals.

  30. Benjamin Taber


    ID Lanyard
    Last ditch self defense weapon – Monkey fist knot with steel ball bearings in the center
    Bolas (rope weapon with weights on the end)

  31. Earl


    Nobody mentioned plant hangers which could be used for gear!

    • duggy dugg


      good one ..any source of twine or cord can substitute for paracord in many spots

  32. 0

    Zipper pull, strap to carry a water bottle, tie to a rock for a simple anchor…

  33. TSgt B


    Hang traitors and Oath breakers.

    Impromptu halyard and line to raise a flag.

    Booby traps.

    Trip traps for animals or intruders.

    Set underwater trip traps at river/stream crossing points.

    Use inner strands and willow branches to fashion fish net.

    Use inner strands to fashion gill nets/bird nets.

    Weave support system for solar still.

    Site to site tug line for silent communications.

    Hang short length for use as a windage gauge.

    Tie to rock for use as a water depth gauge.

    Use with animal skin or cloth to make a sling (ala David v. Goliath)

    Tie knots to uase as a Ranger distance meter/counter.

    Tie to trees in short lengths to mark a trail.

    Tie small rock to one end; swing overhead to use as an audible signal device.

    • stan


      A necktie gift to Obummer for his going away party. Several members of congress should be similarly outfitted…

    • IBDE


      Just got my vote for best submission, all good 1 through 5 being my favorites, so thanks for that.

  34. duggy dugg


    wow ..bright minds ..i think we got the steak dinner nailed ! ! ! !

  35. Farb


    Use it as an emergency starter cord for a chain saw or small engine/generator.

  36. Gary


    Use as a lanyard for; knife, pistol, eyeglasses….you get the idea.

    When wrapped around something hot it will act as insulation and protect hands.

  37. stpso440


    Lanyard for eye wear (sunglasses, eye glasses, safety glasses, etc…).
    Pistol lanyard – so you don’t loose you sidearm overboard.

  38. Michael


    Stabilize the head on stretcher for neck injury
    Good bite block for seizure patient
    Bite block for emergency pain management
    Could be used in a gaping, bleeding trauma wound to fill the space so applied pressure to wound is maximized, to stop the bleeding (Don’t worry about infection. If you can’t stop the bleeding, they die anyway.)
    Weight cord for dislocated shoulder
    Secure eye patch over injured eye

    I could give more, but it looks like you won the steak dinner already.

  39. Jeff


    You can use it to climb tress (tie para cord between feet but around tree to help cling to trunk while climbing).

    You can use it as a saw to cut zipties off your wrists. Tie loop in each end and hang the middle over the zip tie then bicycle your feet to create friction to the ziptie. Eventually it will cut thru.

  40. Lori


    We’ve used paracord to tie down deer once harvested to a sled to pull out of the woods.
    Also makes it easy to make a ground blind during deer season by tieing cut branches together to stakes for cover.

  41. Will Wallace


    As soldiers know, when you remove the kern (inner strands), the mantle is a nylon tube which you can use a sleeve for your dog tag chain. It subdues the bright metal of the beads.

    • Joe



      And I assume that it would feel quite a bit more comfortable than the metal as well as be a great insulator from heat and cold?

  42. Judy


    Use it for a temporary bra strap if one breaks;

    Use it to keep a makeshift bandage on if have no ace bandage or tape;

  43. Jack


    make snow shoes

    hang a liberal

    snare a deer by spreading a snare loop across a game trail

    tie two sharpened sticks together at 90 degrees to each other to improvise a throwing weapon

    • Judy


      LOL (Hang a liberal) Not nice but funny considering the last few months especially.

  44. Pappy


    I have made a lanyard for my duck calls.

  45. 0

    Make a bola for hunting small game.
    3 long poles tied by paracord form the frame of a Teepee.
    “David and Goliath” sling shot – takes practice!
    Inner thread laced to replace lost eye glasses hinge screw.

    Thanks for expanding my thinking also. Wow!

  46. Thomas


    I didn’t see this above, but use it to purify WATER! collect rain water from a fresh puddle in a plastic bottle, then replace the top. tie the cord around the neck of the bottle and swing around your head in a large circle. this creates a centrifuge effect, forcing any sediment to the bottom of the bottle. after several seconds, sit the bottle down and sip the fresh water off of the top!

  47. Stu


    how about emergency snow chains. they can be wrapped around the tire through the wheel and will provide moderate traction. I always wondered if putting knots every 6 inches or so would help even more

  48. mariah


    Mexican “String Holster.”

  49. Larry


    Use as an improvised flail with your keys or flashlight.

    Create a loop to go from waist to feet and do resistance exercises by pulling in opposite direction with hands.

  50. Ed


    Rifle sling, flashlight around neck, compass around neck, zipper pulls, eyeglasses retainer,mark perimeter or property line, tie blankets into bedroll, and hang over shoulder,.
    Enjoy your steak dinner!

    • Nathaniel


      You don’t want to put this around your neck. Most materials used for necklaces or that are designed to be worn around your neck have a specific weight bearing loadout they are not allowed to exceed. This is so that if you fall and get it caught on something, it will snap before your neck does or you stragnle to death. So bad idea to put something that can hold more than twice your weight around your neck.

  51. Anishinabi


    I used 550 paracord last November to truss up my mule deer to the front end of my jeep to bring it back to our camp, 4 miles away. I cut and burn the ends of 32″ segments and use them to temporarily secure gear to backpack and for other temporary purposes. I always keep 100 ft rolls on hand, and seem to use them up every 2 years or so. I have knotted 100 ft rolls every 5 ft and used them to stake out distances for shooting in the desert when I did not have a rangefinder. I also use the short lengths to bundle cables in my home office computer desk. Like one of the guys above, I built a snake pole with a few feet of plastic pipe and some 550 cord to snag reptiles.

  52. Anishinabi


    If you have a Western hat or Fedora and it fits too loose, you can put a loop of 550 cord under the leather or cloth hat band to make it fit more snugly. I do this when I cut my hair shorter than normal. Then you can just take it out, or cut it in half if the hat seems to get tighter as your hair style changes or you don’t get a hair cut for a while.

  53. Jhymes Palmer


    Tie knot and use as a pull thru for cleaning gun barrel
    Russians use boot lace

  54. Ringo


    Use as a weapon..fashion a Bolo.
    Use to bind a fracture as in a splint.
    Weave back and forth on an old aluminum chair seat bottom that has rotted out.
    Use as suspenders.
    Dog leash.

  55. 0

    Bow-n-arrow. Repair, string replacement or building both from scratch.

  56. Sid


    For making a garrote. This is why I would be hesitant to use it to tie it around my neck, spare key, etc.
    Use it to tie your girlfriend up? Have her tie you up? emergency belt? suspenders?

    • Nathaniel


      I agree with you about tying it around your neck. The point of a necklace needs to be that it can break off before strangling you. People have asked me why I don’t make necklaces out of the various colors, as I make keychains and rifle slings. It is because that rope won’t break if it gets caught on something before it strangles you. As for the garrote, again, the purpose of a garrote is two-fold. 1: Strangle, 2: Cut the carrotid and jugular.

      • Russell C.


        Get some break away clips to use for a dog tag chain necklace.

  57. Dave


    Tie weights to floating duck and goose decoys; Lanyard for duck and goose calls

  58. Dave B


    I didn’t see lashing a bone, stone, or steel point to an arrow or spear shaft.

    I’m sure I missed it but didn’t see the obvious fishing line from inner strands.

    This was a fun post though and really gets one creatively thinking.

  59. 0

    Wrap boots or shoes if sole is coming off.

  60. Coleman



  61. luis


    as emergency shoestring for your boots.
    yeah two pieces of wood with string tied in the middle of both makes a great garrote.
    to tie equipement to your belt (swiss army knife )

    • Nathaniel


      A Garrote is an okay idea in that it certainly won’t break before you strangle someone, the problem is that the main function of a garrote is to not only be able to strangle, but to slice through the carrotid and the jugular. So it makes a great hangman’s noose, but not a very efficient garrote.

      • Russell C.


        A garrote can be used to sever the neck, lots of blood. Pretty messy. I prefer a 14 gauge piano wire. with wooden handles.

        If you use a rope, I like the old clothesline rope. I like to tie three overhand knots in the middle of the rope. Make sure the rope loop will fit over an enemy helmet. I use a double loop so the target will tighten the loop if he pulls on the rope trying to struggle free.

  62. 0

    Everyone thought of every thing except

    Tie to the space shuttle when you go for a space walk

  63. 0

    Ok . . .I got it

    Create a monkeys knot
    Nice weapon, effective

    An carry that on a space walk

  64. 0

    I did not see this, being in Kung-Fu, you can use it in hand to hand combat to choke your attacker to death…Just Saying…

    • Adastra62


      Carl, make (2) separate monkey fists with a steel ball bearing inside the fist, then tie a Reeves knot(Hangman’s noose) of about 9~12″ in length on the other end. Slip your hands one in your left and one in the right through the noose and tighten gently. You can then hold the monkey fist ballbearing assembly in your hand and throw it at your attacker or use both of them in crisscross motions in front of you like nunchucku.
      click the link to see a completed one as an example:

  65. Nathaniel


    I use it for shoe string most often. I have used it for rock climbing, for dragging game, especially my braided string is good for dragging elk, moose, or bear behind my 4-wheeler. I use it also to tie down stuff when traveling in my truck. I also use it to tie down the tractor weight in the back of my truck for that added weight I need in winter conditions such as I am currently experiencing to add more traction on the icy roads. I also use it to build rifle slings. I braid mine with 4 strands also, creating a very sturdy tow rope for towing vehicles. Oh! And I have used various colors to make team specific and holiday specific keychains and hanging lanyards.

  66. Al Carr


    Anyone mentioned connecting a skydiver to a parachute yet?

    • Roland


      I have been looking for someone to mention the most obvious use of para-cord, which is to jump out of airplanes. Para-cord is after all a major component of parachutes. I first learned about the many uses of para-cord in the USAF survival school. The sleeping hammock we made, complete with mosquito net, was great. However, in arctic survival, the shelter we made using para-cord, tree boughs and snow was absolutely required for survival at -40 degrees F.

  67. lawrence muhr


    I put a plastic/spring combo lock on both or one end to various lengths of para-cord to use for many things: fish stringer, hang ducks or small game from your belt, tie your sleeping bag up or on and made one to put my fishing tools on, rather than spent $35.00 in a store. Hobble a horse, tie a land anchor to your mule or cow, tie a potato sack or a money bag. Make a tourniquet in an extreme emergency, splint an arm/leg (be careful not to tighten. I once used one as a fan belt. (not serpentine), tie to plastic coke carrier to cool beverage in lake or stream. Boat anchor, tie boat to dock or tree.

    • Ronald Burke


      Finally someone mentions a tourniquet. Thank you! I was wondering if anyone had old time first aid training.

  68. RDW


    CHAIR BACK on my inversion table after the original material tore off the table. It works great and is very comfortable and a near fraction of replacing the material with seamstress/ster coast. I hope you get that meal and thanks for the email updates!

  69. Mike


    I’ve used 550 cord to make a “dummy cord”. That means that you tie valuable equipment or weapons to your body so you don’t lose them. In the jungle in Panama, we used to dummy cord our gear and weapons to ourselves, while we were sleeping to keep the monkeys from stealing it. They were notorious for that.

    Also, we would carry “prussic handcuffs” made out of 550 cord to bind the hands of captured enemy Soldiers before the nylon flex-cuffs came out.

    I have also seen guys fashion a “swiss seat” for rappelling with 550 cord and even used multiple strands for short rapells.

  70. geoff


    A garret for unrulely plane passengers.

  71. James. Fulcher


    String for fire by friction bow, laundry line, line between a tripod to dry jerky

  72. Mike


    Tie a rock, stick, or canteen to 550 cord and throw it over a high tree branch and use it to hoist up an expedient antenna to increase the range of your radio.

    You could also use 550 cord to tie your Lieutenant’s gear to the top beam of the tent just to mess with his head. I probably have a few pictures of this one somewhere.

    Tie a rock, stick, canteen, or improvised grappling hook to a length of 550 cord and use it to clear a lane through an area suspected to be booby trapped. Just make sure you’re in the prone position before you throw it our and pull it back to you.

  73. 0

    I used to whitewater canoe. I lost a net bag of gear when my greenhorn wife got scared and grabbed a low branch,tipping everything over.I tie all my gear to the canoe with cord. Looks like you’re going to eat steak,enjoy!!

  74. Hank Bondurant


    Actually used:: 1. Outboard Motor pull starter rope.
    2. Holding Alligator bait just above water.
    3. Tying buoys to an anchor. Bouy is WHITE
    clorox bottle to find your way back out of a swamp.

  75. 0

    Emergency Fan Belt! Wrap several times, tighten tention.

    • 0

      re straining device
      man trap net
      security lock for homes

  76. Jack


    use as a zip line
    tying marker float to crab trap
    tie baited turtle hooks to brush
    tie your buddy up so you can get to the best fishing spot first
    Oh, best one, tie your buddy up so you can eat his steak too !!!!!!!

    • Joe



      Haha good one jack!

  77. 0

    Hang large picture frames.
    Hang european mount skulls.
    Haul rope for bow, backpack and deer stands. (my most frequent use)
    Gambrel for skinning small game.
    Help make retrieval device for items dropped from a tree stand.
    Fishing stringer.
    Zipper tabs for coats, tents, and other outdoor gear.
    Fray and use as fly for Gar fishing.
    Cord to add movement to duck and turkey decoys.
    Tie a stick to one end and toss over high dead branches enabling you to break them off, opening up shooting lanes from deer stands.

  78. Steve Rhinehart AKA peter propwash Outlaw Aviatior Rufis McGoofis


    Tie down your airplane after a forced landing. (personal experance)

  79. joan anderson


    for anything that goes around the neck use
    breakaway snap like they use on dog collars

  80. 0

    Hold food items up out of reach of animals.

    Trip line in front of punji spike bed.

    Tie double-door handles together for greater security.

    Tie groups together during blizzards and sand storms.

  81. 0

    When traveling in the dark, the paracord could be used to connect people to each other to prevent getting lost. You can make a weapon by enclosing a rock on one end and then attaching to a stick, be sure to leave 3-4 feet of cord between the rock and the stick – really rings their bell. also you could make a 4 rock grouping to throw at peoples feet or an animals to hold them till you catch them or to flee. jmh

  82. Gary


    I use it for tactical/survival rifle and shotgun sling. In an emergency sling can be unwoven and used for alot of things in the list.

  83. Rick


    tying supplies equipment to pack horse
    securing ice fishing equip. to toboggan

  84. Ron


    add pulleys and hooks and you have a block and tackle .

  85. Tom


    build a raft for water transport

  86. ALBERT


    Steak is easy, Try a Real Man’s Challenge, ” fresh Beef Liver!
    I Know, You can’t stand the Taste, Right & There is Only one to eat Liver, & That is with Onions & You can’t stand onions either correct?
    WRONG !
    You can’t stand the IRON TASTE it has & That Old Boot Leather that your Mom made, is the Same as Her Mother Made & the same as Her’s before her ETC…
    Now, Go to a Good Butcher Shop, Purchase some FRESH, NOT FROOZEN Beef Liver, About a pound this time around. you might try some Organic, Unfiltered Cider Vinegar as well, although white Vinegar is o.k. in a pinch.
    At Home, Take a Mixing Bowl, ( 4Qt. or bigger, Add to it, 1 Cup Vinegar & set aside, Taking another Lg. Bowl, Place the unpackaged liver inside & Rinse under cool running water. Once each piece is rinsed, place it in the bowl holding the vinegar. Once your finished, wash out that empty bowl, dry & ready to use again.
    To the bowl of liver & vinegar, add enough water to cover the meat, cover the bowl & chill in fridge for 3 hours.
    now, use clean bowl:
    2 – cups Flour
    1 – Tsp. Powdered Garlic
    1 – Tsp. Powdered Onion
    1/2 tsp. Ginger Powder
    1/4 tsp. Powdered Cloves
    1 – tsp. Red Pepper
    1/2 tsp. Black Pepper
    add/Minus as you prefer any spice.
    Mix well, Cover & set aside.
    after lever has rested & Chilled, place near Dry mix & prepare Your skillet. Add about 1/2 Inch Deep, Cooking Oil ( Your Choice ) I Prefer Olive or Corn oil, Heat oil until it is just starting to smoke. using Tongs (Steel) or a Steel Fork, dip wet Liver into Flour mix, ( Coating Both Sides, & Gently & Slowly place in hot Oil! Being Careful not to get Burned by oil.
    Fry Liver on one side, about a count of 45 Seconds to 1 min. Turn over & repeat for same amount of time. Remove Meat from Heat & oil, when both sides are Golden Brown.
    Test Cut into the middle of a piece, if it’s Done to your Liking, But NOT DRIED UP in the Center, It’s Ready.
    Note; I Like a little Crushed Fresh Garlic, & Bar-B-Que Sauce with mine.
    Now for the Moment of truth. dig In, If Done Properly, You Shouldn’t taste anything of that nasty IRON TASTE!?
    In Truth, I like mine to be just Pink in the center.

    • UncleLee47


      Liver Rocks!!! Real men eat it all the time.

    • Anne


      My husband always hated liver until I cooked it for him. Fresh or frozen, deer, beef, whatever. You cook it just like wild game;low heat, and not overdone. Period. Oh, and did anyone notice that there was a counting mistake on the original 80 uses of paracord?? Like, 4 or 5 short due to mistakes in typing the numbers, but who cares. There must be about 200 uses posted by now. LOL

  87. 0

    I didn’t see:
    Tie as a hackmore or bridle for a horse
    Tie as a muzzle for a dog
    Tie as a comfortable handle for carrying objects (water bottles, firewood, fence poles, &w/canvas for duffelbag, etc.
    Use as throwing line for heavier lines
    With a weight and pulley to pull teeth (rig for upward force or downward force as needed) Also good w/water filled 2L bottles as an exercise machine for physical therapy
    and, with a length of stick, can be tied to make a snake catcher.

  88. ALBERT


    As for your para-cord uses, It’s Like DUCK-Tape, The uses are nearly Limitless. Enjoy!

  89. 0

    In kayaking: to secure bilge pump, bilge sponge & shoes within reach,
    on another kayak: to secure mirage drive, dagger board from taking the deep dunk.

  90. Bryan


    Hobble an unruly suspect while waiting for transport, wrap around steering wheel for added padding and to protect your hands from getting burned during the hot summer months. Emergency fan belt. So many uses probably more than 100 uses the possibilities are endless when it comes down to emergency situations.

  91. Sven


    Improvised boresnake 5.56 .22 .223 etc, just tie a knot in it and pull through I’ve used it this way many times in the field to give my gun bore a quick cleaning.

  92. Everett


    Make inside pants holster. Mexican carry is great, but your gun may slip down into your pants and this set up is cheap and works great.

  93. Hawk FE


    Thread gutted or un-gutted 550 cord through your dog’s choke chain to silence the links from rattling, use to repair a lost or broken zipper pull by running a double strand through the slider, then pull the loose ends through the loop you have created. Tie knot or melt loose ends together to enhance your grip on the zipper pull. Number 10 zippers can be repaired with un-gutted (full strength) 550 cord, or gut the cord for smaller zipper repairs.

    Fashion a key lanyard (about six inches long) between your key ring and your car’s remote fob to keep your keys from resting on the bottom of your pants pocket. Just drop your keys into your pants pocket, and tuck the fob into the watch pocket of your jeans. Makes your keys immediately available with the sweep of a finger, and keeps them out of the pile of junk at the bottom of your pants pocket.

    Tie a figure-8, by knotting a triple fold of 550 cord (about 7-8″ long) with a simple overhand knot in the middle. It will look like a small set of thumb cuffs when finished. Works well for securing two carabiners together. Works well for securing gear in helicopter/vehicle/workshop/storage closet, etc…

  94. Ken


    I don’t think I saw any of these mentioned yet:
    Remove the inner strands and fill casing with shot or coarse sand for a slinky weight for fishing.
    Use inner strands to wrap bait to fishhook.
    Makeshift jig skirt for fishing lure.
    Fish stringer.
    Lash pack-saddles on mule or horse.
    Pull rope for dragging branches to obscure your tracks.
    “blunt object”/sap/blackjack – whack someone with a hank (as purchased).
    “remote control” for improvised fan.
    guide line for directional felling of branches.
    Macrame hammock
    mesh swing seat
    Securing sleeping bag to backpack.
    Tie bungees together to make truck-bed cargo net.
    Japanese bondage porn
    Braid multiple cords for a vehicle tow strap.
    Quick fix radiator hole by filling with melted/burning cord. Milk jugs work better.
    Connective stabilizer lines for 3-rope bridge.
    Rescue rope: Tie heavy float to end – for water rescues.
    Lash poles or branches together to make travois.
    Cordon off “safe zones” such as an axe yard.

    There ought to be well over the hundred you need to get your steak now.

    • 0

      If you have to go through the woods with blind children, a paracord can be used as a guide rope for them to hold on to

      • mariowen


        If you happen to have blind children in any situation, you can use it as a guide rope!

  95. Hipockets


    I have some my Dad had in his survival stuff (he died 16 yrs ago’) I’ve put it in my survival gear,even though I had no idea what to do with it. I’ve seen comments on it lately and now know. If the SCD,I’d rustle me a Horse and use it to secure my bedroll and other gear I’d need to boogie with. Also, if you injure your arm,make a sling. This item is a must have,over 200 uses if you want to start a list. As a woman,I can think of 100 right off. Most have been covered here. Secure your ponytail etc.Just make sure you have some. Hope you order Filet Mijon'(make sure it’s the spendy steak’)

  96. brandon


    In USMC Recon we would send one teammate across water while holding onto several strands and upon reaching the other side he would tie them off and make a crude rope bridge. Another few lines would be made for getting the gear across. The only downfall is that takes 2 people.

    • ALBERT


      USMC + NAVY, There is a Reason, For the BUDDIE SYSTEM or Team Work!
      One might survive on their own, but 2 Can Survive better than 1, Besides after a Year of being on your own (OR LESS) The Human tends to start talking with themselves, Afterwards, it’s a Quick trip to LA, LA, Land!

  97. Rick Crumley


    Use as a standby belt.

  98. mariowen