80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss?

By on January 31, 2013
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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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Accessories:

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Jigs:

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399 Comments

  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
      sled

    • 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

    • 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.

    • Phyllis

      LEASH FOR A PET OR A VERY ACTIVE TODDLER IN A DANGEROUS AREA

    • 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.

    • 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

      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. 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

      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.

      • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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

      Joe

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

    • 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

      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. 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.

    • 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. 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…

  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

      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. 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.
    clothesline.

  55. 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. Wrap boots or shoes if sole is coming off.

  60. Coleman

    Belt

  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. Gee-
    Everyone thought of every thing except

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

  63. Ok . . .I got it

    Create a monkeys knot
    Nice weapon, effective

    An carry that on a space walk

  64. 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:
      http://www.knifeworks.com/images/products/detail/Digitalcamomonkeyfist.jpg

  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!
    RDW

  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. 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. Emergency Fan Belt! Wrap several times, tighten tention.

    • re straining device
      man trap net
      lariat
      corral
      hobbles
      reins
      halter
      security lock for homes
      hammock

  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

      Joe

      Haha good one jack!

  77. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

    • 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

    String all your canning rings onto a piece and tie it in a loop to hang for storage.
    Tie several empty liter bottles together and use as a float.
    Use to hang a pinata.
    Tie to the back of a picture to use for hanging.

    • ALBERT

      Let’s face it, after a week of Para-Cord uses, it’s time to move on, How about the many uses of _ SPIDER-WIRE FISH-LINE. OR how Fishing Gear can Double as a HUNTING/TRAPPING, Gear. Once you go Fishing for Game, You’ll never go back to hunting small game & Birds Included, with a GUN!

  99. I don’t remember reading this. To secure splints in the event of accidental broken bones. Also, can be cut and use small pieces tied around an object in the event you have to travel deep into the woods or a cave if you might need a guide to get out if someone is chasing you. Also, if you and family memebers use different colors you can use the different colors to alert others where you are heading in the event one gets separated from the group for whatever reason.

  100. Carol

    Made suspenders for kids or adult pants.

  101. scott

    For the horse: halter,lead rope, bridle, reins, saddle cinch,breast collar, saddle strings(attaching eguip. to saddle), fly mask, rope corral.

    • ALBERT

      O.K., One Last Use, Make an Emergency ” Snow-Blindness ” preventive Goggles, out of the Top & Bottom of a Tin Can.& Para-Cord To Tie it in Place!

  102. CRYSTAL

    TIE IT TO A TREE ON ONE SIDE OF A STREAM. WRAP IT AROUND YOU AND FORGE ACROSS THE WATER. TIE IT TO A TREE ON THE OPPOSITE SHORE. THEN YOU CAN LET THE LESS STRONG PEOPLE HOLD IT TO HELP THEM CROSS. OR, USE IT TO HELP YOU CROSS THE STREAM IN A SMALL BOAT- FOR YOURSELF, FAMILY, OR SUPPLIES.

  103. Dan Kidder

    When you say improvise a sling, I assume you mean for an arm, but you can also make a sling as a weapon for hurtling stones. Think David and Goliath.

    • ALBERT

      As Advance Scouts, we were lucky to have a Retired Navy Seal as our Den Master. He was tough but fair & as 15 & 16 year old, He taught us quite well.
      The point is, your letter reminded me of how my Dad taught us Kids to use a Sling. It was made of Some Bailing string & A leather Tongue, from a old boot. During the Summer & after Chores where done You could find us slinging small stones at a target DAD had set up on the Back of the barn. the rules were simple, Treat the sling like you would a GUN of any type. And after we got good enough to hit Center at 50Feet, Then we could go out & hunt rabbits, Fox, Coon or Any Small Game as Long as we cleaned it & We ate it. Great Fun & very Educational.
      also, You can take that para-Cord & fashion a Bola with it 7 3 med.Size Pine Cones, add some Indian Clay to the Cones 7 let them Dry & you’ll have a weapon to trip up a Man or Beast, for an Easy Kill.

  104. Bore snake for cleaning your guns.

  105. gkearton

    Voice box removed due to cancer. I drill a hole in a whiteboard and attach a 550 cord loop on it. Hook it over my leatherman on my belt. leaves my hands free.

  106. Toby Smith

    I use it to hold my lantern while camping. Throw it over a tall branch, light the latern, and raise it to the best height for lighting the campsite.

  107. Toby Smith

    Shoe laces or raft construction.

  108. Steve

    Ascender. Use to climb a line, (rope), that would be too fatiguing to climb otherwise. Works a lot better than shoelaces if done properly.

  109. Wil

    String a long length of cord about a foot off the ground around trees and hang some cans from it to make a perimeter alarm.

  110. Allen

    Use as much as you need to stretch out to launch an airplane (glider); some hobbiests use surgical tubing or other similar material. Now I need to find a source to lay in a supply.

  111. Allen

    I could write a novella about using a glider in an emergency situation. Alas, no time.

  112. Shawn

    Play Cat’s Cradle

  113. Johnny

    Clothes Line
    Wrap a flat tire to inflate
    To lash poles for a Raft, Bi-Pod or Tri-Pod
    To lash Loads on vehicle or trailer

  114. Timothyee

    Paracord makes a great carabiner (how to on the web).

  115. tie off your kayak paddle ,so it won’t float away
    ””””””’canoe oars,””””””””””””’
    make anchor lines for kayaks ans ,or canoes
    tie a line to your kayak or canoe ,so if you fall off you can grab trailing line .

  116. Paula Jaquez

    To make a trap for small animals and for the two legged kind.
    Also a sling or for wrapping around splints.

  117. Steve Davis

    Fly a Kite
    6 pack holder for in a stream where cold water is –Great refrigerator!
    Cut food if without a knife
    Wallet chain – to make sure you don’t lose it
    Boundary marker – mark off sections of land
    Tape measure – for distance checking
    Guide line to find your way in the dark or find that special spot underwater where food is plenty –fish
    Make shift emergency ladder
    Bucket line for well water
    Joining sheet of plywood together to make walls

  118. Jackie

    Hang the tarp walls of the latrine for mixed company wilderness camping

  119. Tom

    When performing a “space walk”, use it to tether yourself to the spaceship.

    • duggy dugg

      now that’s outside the box…lol

  120. David

    attach water buckets to a yoke to haul water on your shoulders.
    raising and lowering rifle from tree stand.
    Can replace duct tape in many instances. sorry duct tape.
    carry several jugs of moonshine at one time. saw it on “moonshiners”.
    Inner strand can be tied to the front of your rifle to keep you aware of wind direction. A light thread will catch the slightest wind that you can’t feel.
    tie between two tin cans for sophisticated communication device.

  121. David Mills

    I have used paracord as makeshift fishing flys. Just melt the head ens and fray the tail end. Use a piece slightly longer than the hook you will insert inside the fly and a split shot in the head may help in casting or trolling. Also a monkey fist can be made for defensive, offensive or hunting as well as using it to lash a rock, pipe, or whatever to a Y stick to make a war club

  122. Mike

    Calculator!
    Make a sliding-bead tabulating device (Ranger Beads) for counting off tedious numbers like the number of footsteps or miles walked on a long trip. Army rangers travel long, precise distances on a given schedule without GPS by knowing where they started and how far in which direction they walked. Sounds simply until you try to remember how many paces you walked in the past 4 hours. Rangers are taught to KNOW how many paces they walk in 100 meters, and use a string tabulator to “click-off” each 100 meter block of paces.

    The tabulator consists of a length of about 2′ of para-cord and some sort of beads or buttons with holes in each that allow a tight fit on a double strand of para-cord. You will need 14 such beads and 2ft of cord (you can also make beads out of short lengths of cord knotted and cut free). Take a bight in the line creating a 2″ loop at the middle of the cord, make this a truckers knot, and we will call this the top. Now slide 5 beads up the doubled free ends to the knot, now allowing about 3″ of cord (the distance is determined by the size of beads) of enough space so you would be able to fit at least 2 additional beads on this section take another bite and throw a truckers knot in long ends below the 5th bead and 2 bead space, we will call this section the middle. slide the remaining 9 beads onto the loose ends, leave plenty of space to slide the 9 beads back and forth and tie a 3rd truckers knot. Now pass the loop around a front loop on your pack straps or or button hole on your shirt. Slide all the beads up, start walking your “x paces=100 meters” (about 35-40?) every time you pace your number slide one bead down (starting at the bottom and then second, third, etc.) when the 9th bead is slid down on your next interval you slide the 9 lower beads up and one upper bead down. when the 5th “top bead” gets moved you have walked 5,000 meters or 5km or about 2 miles. It works for me.

  123. duggy dugg

    just bought 100′ of black paracord from sgt knots
    https://0323404.netsolstores.com/checkout.aspx?complete
    really like the fly fishing use …i will use the cord for boot laces …knot tied close to the ends so they don’t pull out …i will restring a camp cot that has too stretchy lashing that sinks too far down…

  124. Roland

    Make emergency tire chains with paracord.

  125. Matt k

    Ive used it as a serpentine belt for my truck when mine broke

    • duggy dugg

      wow …a serpentine belt ! good to know …how many strands were used ?

  126. Lowell

    Use as a substitute pulley belt when your alternator/water pump or AC belt breaks. You won’t be stranded far from civilization if one of those belts break. (Speaking from experience)

  127. duggy dugg

    used a cord today to tie up a ceiling light fixture during sheet rocking to keep the weight of the fixt off the black and white ac wires

  128. john wells

    When money was tight for a couple of years when I was growing up, I slept on a bed made from a sturdy wooden frame wrapped w/ clothesline about every three inches, up on legs and a thin mattress thrown on top. 550 paracord ought to work even better. It just takes a lot of it. Dad drilled two rows of holes for the cord to keep the cords from slipping. See “rope mattress”. I also saw a reference to a “Mexican” or “String” holster, which I presume is the same as what I learned long ago as a “Maquis”(say it like the name,’McKee’} holster. They work better with automatics than revolvers, but can be used with either. Just pull a bight of cord from the bottom up under your belt, put the weapon in the loop you just created, then tie another loop around the weapon below the belt and cut off most of the excess. Not a good holster, but better than trying to carry a .45 in your pocket for two weeks when the supply sergeant is out of holsters and you have to keep your weapon on you in the field.

  129. john wells

    Sorry, just thought of one other use I hadn’t seen. Attach one end of about 25′ through a rifle sling loop or tie a loop around the barrel and tie that end to the trigger guard. Tie the other end to an empty canteen or some other float, and wrap the rest of the cord around your float. Secure it with a short bit of duct tape when you make a water crossing. If you drop your weapon, you have a way to find and recover it.

  130. ron

    may have overlooked it but how about a belt to hold your pants or
    close up.
    some good idea’s here and i learned alot from all of you.
    thanks for sharing your knowledge.
    ron

  131. Amanda

    i would like to know how you got a key ring on your key fob!

    • Joe

      Joe

      Hi Amanda it’s pretty simple, when making the fob you leave room for the ring and then it just slides on the same way you would put a key on the ring

  132. Nita

    I’ve used the cord for two years now on my Ham Radio antenna with no signs of fraying, rotting, or any weather damage. I live in the PNW where it’s plenty wet too. At the end of each leg of my INVERTED V wire antenna, which is a home brew I made out of an 100 ft. extension cord. I’ve tied it off to the end insulators for the correct height, and of course strength!! Have a great dinner! :)

  133. Tom Griswold

    I use woodland camo or desert camo to wrap the polished barrel of my rifles. I also have wrapped some stocks to increase the quality of the grip. Wrap could also benefit bows and other items that otherwise may give away your position.

  134. Terri

    Replace a bra strap

  135. duggy dugg

    i am going to get some regular cord ….para is nice for certain things ..it even makes good zipper pulls when you yank out the filler cords …the outer sleeve thins down nicely and makes the loop and knot for the zipper pull …gotta cig lighter the ends of everything..

    put para in construction / m c boots..a little slippery ….maybe lose some of the slipperyness when worn in a bit …i tie knots in the ends of laces …keeps ‘em from pullng out …the para takes a simple knot but ya gotta pull it very tight to keep it from coming undone….

    • Joe

      Joe

      Really? That’s interesting, I have never had any issues with the knots pulling out, in fact I have always found that the knots have a great bite and hold really well.

      • duggy dugg

        maybe my cord is different construction ….it is a bit springy

        • Joe

          Joe

          could be. Do you know if it’s mil spec?

          • duggy dugg

            bought it from “sargeant knots”

  136. duggy dugg

    100′ black 550 on ebay now for $13

    • EMERGENCY ESSENTIALS: 1000′ FOR $40

      USES: UMBILICAL CORD TIEOFFS FOR EMERGENCY CHILDBIRTH

      CUT PVC PIPING USING A SAWING MOTION

  137. duggy dugg

  138. HJ Lamb

    Use inner strands for a fishing line without a hook. Start by removing an elongated thorn, use a knife to make a small channel about the middle of the thorn, tie the para-cord inner strand to the channel, use the pointed end of the thorn to thread into a worm or some other suitable bait, toss it in and let the fish swallow it completely, give a tug on the string and the thorn turns sideways lodging itself into the fish’s innards, haul in the fish, prep it and eat it! No hooks to worry about cutting out of the fish or you!

  139. Eddie Moore

    when I was in the service I made a hammock for myself to sleep in it worked great. you can also use it to weave a seat for a chair. braid it to make a stronger rope. make a fishing net out of it.

  140. Keara

    Make a monkey fist for self defense

  141. Sam

    You could use it to make an SOS if the cord is in contrast to the color of you surroundings
    Tie to a kid who is learning to snow ski instead of buying a set of leads
    Tie two kids together who are fighting and put them in a room to work out their problems, if they can undo it then they have to be somewhat corporating
    Tie water/snow skis together to keep kids from doing the splits

  142. scott

    I had a muffler bracket break on my motor cycle. So I used para cord as a temporary fix. It worked great. Hope you enjoyed the Steak.

    • I came across your comment & couldn’t pass the opportunity of sharing our website with you. My husband and I build all sorts of custom para cord designs. One of his projects being that he wrapped the cables of his motorcycle (with the thoughts of use like your own situation). An original way to customize your bike while having your tactical gear readily available! Check us out! Survive in Style! Veteran owned & operated! http://www.tstsurvival.com

  143. Jack G.

    Repair a sail with a torn out grommet using a sheet bend knot, you can also tie a larger piece of rope to smaller para cord to make a longer rope with the same knot.

  144. Mom

    You can use it to tie a baby, child, or injured adult onto your back. Google babywearing. You can use the “strap carry,” but it would be more comfortable to use a blanket as well.

  145. meisha

    Macrame shower caddy
    Macrame pool-side gear bag

  146. teabag

    cat toy!
    weave into shopping bag
    tie inner strand around finger as a reminder
    use as a strap to keep glasses on your face
    to hold medic-alert bracelet or necklace (yes, we can be preppers, too!)
    replace/repair purse strap. or murse, of course
    fix flip flops (say THAT three times fast!)
    weave sanitary napkin holder (i know, tmi)

    this is fun! and great mental prep for when SHTF.

  147. Bruce

    Perimeter line for intrusion detection (with noise-makers; gravel in cans).
    Tomahawk lacing with green wood and flat river rock (rawhide not available).
    Deadfall stick pull line for trapping fowl, squirrel or rabbit. Caught a wild rooster years ago with this.

  148. kenjjm,

    Shocking…. I read through this list. You mean nobody has ever made a 12′ bullwhip? I have made many whips and flogger for friends and have sold many 8′ 10′ and 12′ snake whips and bullwhips. There a lot of fun too.

  149. Barry; AG4I

    10 more uses for paracord

    Use paracord to hang your food cash from a tree to keep it from bears or other varmets.

    If you are an amateur radio operator it can be used to hang emergency antenna fro a
    high spot thus improving transmit range and reception.

    Wrist strap on walking stick.

    Secure gloves to coat sleeve to prevent loss.

    Make a wrist strap to knife, machete, flash, to prevent loss.

    Cloths line; you gott’a dry them sometime.

    Use to tie glasses, sunglasses, hat in place to prevent loss.

    Use to secure pistol to prevent loss.

    Use as a rifle sling.

    Lash shirt, coat, fly back together; or rips in clothing

  150. KenLL

    In the original 80, numbers 25,34,36,& 46, were left out. Ref: no.43 – What kind of FUSE do you propose to improvise with paracord? A fuse has to conduct electric current.

  151. R L Diehl

    Can be used to make a boleadora such as the gauchos in South America use. Consists of two rocks (golf ball to tennis ball size) tied at each end of a 2 1/2 ft. to 3 foot cord. A third cord half that length is tied to the middle of the first cord. A lighter piece (ball of wood for instance)is tied at its end. It is used to bring down small game etc. by twirling it around ones head then flinging at the prey’s legs. On contact it whips around the victim’s legs and brings them down!
    Also good for tying spear/arrow head to shaft & for attaching feathers to arrow.

    Now how about exploring the many uses for a bandanna? Don’t leave home without one.

  152. Chip

    Read most of these and haven’t notice anyone saying anything about what you can do with MELTED paracord. As long as the melted nylon will stick, you can repair (or make) all sorts of things as well as bond things together. Use it like glue to hold things in place by itself or so you can lash it with unmelted paracord. I suppose you could use it for dental floss, too. BTW, LOL at tie up your buddy & eat his steak and thanks to Albert for the great liver recipe. :o)

  153. Steve

    If they aren’t already dead after invading your home, use it to secure and bind home invaders.

  154. Joe

    I’ve used it to hang a deer from a tree for dressing
    All my tents & long camping gear are suspended between the rafters by a web of 550 cord tied to eyelets every 12″
    Saw for cutting para cord

  155. Bob G

    Use for guying up a ham radio
    antenna pole (my pole is 36′tall
    and is guyed at 28′;) use to
    stretch a ham radio antenna
    between trees(I currently have
    a 135′ antenna stretched
    between two trees that are 200′
    apart;) Support for a pole with
    a signal flag when lost.

  156. Barefoot MedicMamma

    As a Wilderness EMT we use Paracord quite inventively all the time,
    I have seen it used for everything from raising a litter out of a ravine, to a makeshift repelling harness, emergency patient restraints, emergency handcuffs, to suspend a cooking pot over a heat source, emergency, shoe and clothing fixes of various kinds, I have actually seen it weaved into an emergency satchel, to hold a splint tight, emergency tourniquet, I wouldn’t reccomend it but I have seen it used as a gag, friction to start a fire, and because everyone needs a little fun, as a makeshift rope swing!!! Hope these help!

  157. feather j

    here are all the things we have used par-a-cord for;
    horse or donkey or dog halter &
    tying packs on same three or even your self
    quick harness repair
    bent green sticks & par-a-cord = snow shoes
    making litter for injured person
    making splint for injured person
    if not tied too tight can be a support for injured ankle
    (use continuious wrap)
    also can be used a rib support for cracked ribs .
    (works best with lg pad of thick material over injured area)
    suspend lights in tent & shelters
    wrap the tang of a broken knife handle
    last but not least: from my grandson an “idiot string” to keep your gloves with you when you have to take them off, you run it from one glove up the sleeve accrost the back in the coat & down the other side to the opposite glove (you never loose those all important gloves)

  158. RMB

    Well you could use it to tie those whom didn’t bother to read all the ones already mention , so enjoy your free meal !

  159. Cynthia

    use as a leash for your dog
    tie up bad guys/intruders (as long as you know how to tie a good knot)
    secure your fly tarp for your tent
    construct a pulley system for lifting heavy objects

  160. Rob Lewis

    I used 4 strands from the core to make a fob/lanyard for my cell phone, a lot easier to get it out of a pouch or pocket with that to grab.

  161. john

    noose
    tourniquet
    tie up chicks to your bed
    gag a hostage
    trip-wire

  162. Rob

    Don’t forget it’s primary use: as parachute cord! Didn’t see it mentioned on your list…

    Also:

    Splint bindings
    Choker necklace
    Choking device for auto erotic asphyxiation (lol, kidding)
    Rope games
    Incense for post-poop bathroom deodorizing (when burned, the melted ends smell pretty strong!)
    Cauterizing bandage. When melted, the plastic-like melt will cauterize and protect an open wound.
    Fire starter assist- bow string style
    Restraint of any living thing
    Disciplinary whip or belt (**Crack**Ow, daddy!)
    Suicide (hanging)
    Homicide (hanging)

  163. ray

    MELT it and fashion to a knife or spear head.

  164. survival bracelet of paracord:A teething ring for babies-it’s hard on the clasp and textured on the cord and can be washed; use the bracelet to carry/secure several shopping bags together; make a necklace, make earrings with loops of cord, make emergency sandals (I have seen the pattern,) make a bag/pouch.

  165. Russell C.

    1. Bola

    2. Ojibwa Bird Snare

    3. Trot Line.

    4. Constructing Meat smoking/drying Tee Pee

    5. Constructing a bow saw.

    6. Snow shoes

    Good Luck.

    • Russell C.

      Just remembered. Tie an inner strand to your rifle barrel while patrolling to help detect trip wires.

  166. Richard Schultze

    In Vietnam I had parachord tied to all the grommets on my poncho two were tied between two trees, the four corners staked to the ground, the ones in between were tied to short sticks, insert one end of stick into canteen and suspend over night the water vapor from my breath would condense on the poncho and run down to the parachord and into the canteen I could fill several canteens overnight, and if it rained it was even faster.

  167. ally

    use it to knit or crochet almost anything. Could make a nice bowl,a welcome mat, sleeping mat, pot holders(might melt though) a pillow, the uses are endless.

  168. Rich Restucci

    Cool idea

  169. Dawn King

    Pet collar, tie the intruder up, tie your significant other down (with permission, of course!)…

  170. Darlene Kay

    Forgive me if I missed this in the lists…..secure yourself and your things up in a tree so you can get some sleep without falling out of said tree. I’ve always had a hard time sleeping sitting up but hey, when you are that tired some worry free time could do the trick.

  171. David

    I have used a 4 strand flat braid to make suspenders and matching belt. I used the same braid to make a hat band. A dragon claw braid for a hat band, watch band, and key fob. Shoe and boot laces. 100 feet with double dragon claw braid and snap clips to make a short loop to tie a blanket, tarp, and stakes for BOB. Emergency kit in Jeep, and trunk of car each has 200 feet.

  172. sue enstrom

    how about a calendar? tie a knot every day. to measure time.

  173. Mark

    Use to tie up your wife. She can’t escape so you can watch all the TV you could want. I also made a similar list at Paracord central.I think the most fun item to make is the paracord hammock (it uses a lot of paracord though). The most practical in my opinion is the belt.

    Mark

  174. Jerry

    Wrap it around bucket holding ice fishing stuff so bucket can be thrown to someone who fell through the ice and you can then pull them up onto the ice.

  175. Weave the paracord to make a seat, then attach it to a chair. Or, Make a seat up in a tree using the limbs up there and paracord. At least you’d be able to sit down, especially if you found a better tree to climb for deer hunting and didn’t have a tree seat.

  176. Toilet paper holder
    Tarzan style swing

  177. Tying stuff to a bike rack
    Replace chain on dag tags
    Rifle sling when one breaks out in field

  178. Ment to type dog tags

  179. John Ruckman

    Build a raft
    Indian style arm band

  180. John Ruckman

    Paracord Uses
    Build a raft
    Indian style arm band
    leg band
    platforms
    tree stand
    lash together a door for underground shelter
    fishing spears
    gathering baskets
    tump line(?) that strap that goes around your forehead when carrying things on your back
    hide stretcher
    draw string replacements for coats, sacks, etc.
    sheath for whatever
    campfire tripod and other devices
    cast iron frying pan handle insulator
    leg and arm ties to keep out bugs and foxtails
    impromptu snake guards or shin protectors
    pant suspenders
    binocular strap replacement
    eyeglass strap
    makeshift backpack
    tow strap
    back brace, pulled muscles, etc.
    waist strap to take the weight off your shoulders
    knife whip?
    hat band
    fishing survival kit
    necklace survival kits

  181. Dave

    I noticed you have “bow string” on the list but you could also use the inner strings as a “wrap around” to protect the string where you nock the arrow(or in other stressful places). I have a crossbow that I was able to wrap the string where it goes into the release.

  182. David

    Use it to pull up and lower bow/rifle from tree stand
    Improvised handcuffs/restraints
    Lash sticks to make a bushctaft chair
    Tie water bottle to your person or backpack
    Tie out for your dog
    Hold trunk lid down when hauling oversized items
    Makeshift seatbelt
    Glasses strap
    Hanging your friend if he skips on dinner ;)

  183. frank1986

    81) to get free steak dinner 82) bdsm 83) motorcycle tie down

  184. Chuck Riley

    Accelerator pedal on truck broke once. Tied it to pedal and ran through to carb. Couldn’t get over 50 mph, but got me home.

  185. Jim M

    I keep 20′ of paracord in each of our cars. Both cars also have fixed blade knives so it can be cut into smaller lengths. I also keep 10′ on my motorcycle.

  186. ryan

    Zipper pulls
    Cutting off circulation to wounded area
    Tying up assailant
    Hanging house decorations(inner threads or full cord)
    Stretching
    Keeping items bundled together
    Booby traps

  187. dave

    large loop around feet to climb tree with no limbs(coconut)tournakit.

  188. Nick

    How about the following:

    Tie down gear to a roof rack.
    Use as a rifle sling.
    Use as a sling to support an injured arm

  189. Art

    primitive , but..a garrote! save amo!!

  190. DAVE

    USE AS SLING

  191. Gage Eldridge

    Use as a emergency car belt (tie knot every inch) short term only

  192. John McLane

    I Use Paracord For Fish Stringers, And Also For A Kayak Anchor Line When I’m Out Kayak Fishing. I Wouldn’t Leave Home With Out At Least 100 Ft. In My Camping And Fishing Bag…. Love You Site By The Way JGM

  193. FACE

    1) Restraining prisoners (if you find yourself in that situation) or criminals, until the authorities arrive – that might have been mentioned below…
    2) Surprise attack on an armed burglar (neck choke from behind … hopefully only until unconscious)
    3) To hold a splint in place

  194. Chuck Cramer

    Make the webbing for improvised snowshoes.

  195. Emergency Tourniquet

  196. Eric

    how about tying knots every foot with a weight on the end to check depth of a body of water

  197. evan

    Bow drill for fire starting.

  198. Anthony Morales

    dental floss(inner strands), a light string, as a weapon to choke, strangle or kill in (self defense), window blinds cord,, a handle, a retriever cord for spear fishing.

  199. craig

    use to tie 2 limbs on leg for a splint.

  200. corey

    Make a pouch thatwill attach to your belt,rucksack,or vest that will carry a Leatherman , altoids survivaltin, phone, ammo mags. Etc.

  201. Bear

    I know it may not be pleasant to think about, but what about using paracord to restrain some one.

  202. Christian

    -You can use it to tie a Bachmann Hitch(or other slide and grip knots)for ascending a rope.
    -You can use it for a bear bag(used for elevating your food on a camping trip to keep it out of reach from predators)
    -Use it as an emergency harness(only in quick emergencies, the small diameter of the cordage can cut your circulation if used for prolonged periods of time)
    -Makeshift suspenders
    -Make a rope ladder
    -Zipper pull
    -Make a Bolas(throwing weapon with weights on both ends)for hunting
    -Sling to support a broken arm
    -use it in combination with a long stiff object to create a makeshift splint
    -Pull cord for retrieving rope for a repel/descent
    -Lash logs together to make a raft
    -Trip line or use for booby traps
    -Tie someone up
    There are dozens more im sure, but those are a few that come to mind. Have fun on that dinner lol

  203. Bruce

    Some things about this list surprise me.

    !) No “posted on” dates.
    2) Almost no one read the whole list or did a “find on page” search. So lots of people posted the same things.
    3) No one here is a Star Wars fan? geez :)

    So, my suggestion;
    Carry a grappling hook and some line on your belt as every day carry gear. (Which means you have probably practiced with it for years and you most likely have a real harness under your clothes.) Then you can play Luke and Leia in the Death Star and swing across the chasm to escape the bad guys.

    So how was the steak anyway?

  204. john cooper

    riffle sling, to make a kite with a survival blanket to be noticed, hang a neck knife, to hang or strangle someone, pull cord for snow machine, fashion a raft together, to mark a trail, fashion ranger beads to count distance, tie two people together when walking near crevasses on ice or snow, to make a circle on a map by holding one point using a pen to mark a circular parameter, use as a leash to tie to one end to spear and one end to self.

  205. Hoist gear into a tree, or up a mountain.Tie up someone who is trying to steal your supplies.Emergency zip line escape, Rope art if you are bored

  206. Albert

    Belt, choke out a bad guy “Seal toggles”, stitch up a wound, compress a wound, sling shot a rock,

  207. Matthew Steele

    Multi-tool sheath

  208. Jöran

    You can make ranger beads with paracord.

  209. To secure your hat to your head on a windy day, tie a father or piece of paper to end for cat toy.

  210. johnny rosato

    Emergency wedding rings !!! LOL

  211. johnny

    wedding rings !!! LOL

    • Ken

      I carry 100 feet of 550 whenever I go skiing in case the chair lift breaks down and we have to get off. Some people have been stranded for many hours in nasty conditions before the (limited) ski patrol could reach them. Others have mentioned rappelling, but I saw no mention of this problem. You would not normally be carrying much in the way of survival gear while skiing, mostly just some first aid stuff.

  212. Pat Wullschleger

    emergency halter for horse and also emergency saddle cinch strap
    and the other girth strap on the saddle. that’s 3. Good Luck!

  213. Ray Lindsey

    Use it to tie up an intruder!

  214. Daniel Ellenwood

    there is a website called 101 uses for paracord by Dans depot.com.. just google it.

  215. Arkas

    tie food up in tree to protect from animals
    lash multiple types of shelters
    burn as an oil based product to assist in longer burns (torch maybe?, have to try that)
    lanyard loops for all items to attach to pack
    bind paper around meat/ candle to keep clean
    makeshift grappling hook (maybe not for climbing depending on hook)
    bow fishing line/ harpoon fishing line
    handcuffs
    carrying sling for rifle/ rucksack/ buffalo sack…etc
    makeshift splint a limb or digit
    lower items up and down cliff face after/ before climbing
    many traps (best with deadfall imo)
    use as a makeshift filter with charcoal and dirt as the layers before
    tie up a bedroll for easier storage
    hang a steel bottle over a fire for boiling/cooking
    hang meat for smoking or drying in summer season preservation

  216. Lani

    How bout hanging slaughtered animals for dressing out….

    Hanging water bags for showers.

  217. John T

    Use it to spell out “thanks for the steak dinner”

  218. Ed Kay

    For sutures.

  219. Peter

    Use it to string up traps/alarms “string with Tin or Aluminum cans”…

  220. Thomas Mitchell

    Pull cord for snow blower. Pull cord for older model snowmobiles. Tying down articles (i.e. sleeping bag) to a motorcycle. Tying up a rolled up sleeping bag. Zipper loops. (Makes it easier/quicker to zipper objects by being able to hook your finger through the loop). Hair tie. Wrist loops (to secure a flashlight or knife to your wrist in case you need your hands in an emergency and need to let them go but don’t want to drop them). Not likely but a remote pull pin for a hand grenade. Makeshift handcuffs. Gun strap. Hope this helped.

  221. Johnny Pritchett

    A sling for a rifle. To hang a dead animal to clean.

  222. Don Wheeler

    Paracord can also be used for replacement shoestrings……can’t think of anymore right now but will keep thinking and let you know…..

  223. Jack Luft

    Can also be used for making bank lines and/or limb lines for fishing.

  224. I used mine as a pullstart cord on my snowmobile.I haven’t bothered to change it out because it still works like new:-D

  225. Karen

    a lead rope for a horse, or a makeshift halter for a horse if there isn’t a halter available. Use it to tie items in the back of a vehicle that might other wise blow out or slide around and break, how about a candle wick?

  226. WestTXGirlAHS

    I read the entire list, from top to bottom, and am simply agog at the many facets of good ol’ Yankee ingenuity displayed by all the contributors! I didn’t want the list to end!!! Thanks to everyone who shared their paracord uses–these hints and tips could make a difficult task easier, keep food/supplies safe, teach us to think creatively when faced with a problem, and, yes, even save our lives and/or the lives of our loved ones! Thanks again to everyone, and Joe, I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your steak while your friend “ate crow”! Ha, ha!

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  228. Dave Barrett

    A cord for your eyeglasses or sunglasses…on hot humid days when im hiking my eyeglasses always slide down my nose.

  229. Tim

    make a bolo tie for your steak dinner

  230. Virginia Pruitt

    You can use it to tie off an umbilical cord between mama and baby. in and emergency.

  231. Gary Denicourt

    Garrotte

  232. Gary Denicourt

    Bolas

  233. Gary Denicourt

    Pull a tooth

  234. Gary Denicourt

    Tie thousands of different knots….DONE

  235. John

    Use it to hang tin can alarms on at the door or round your sleeping area,

  236. Brian Malecki

    Circumcision of your newborn son, providing you have the head cap.

  237. Stephen

    shoe strings, crafting, belt, rifle sling, tie down furniture when moving, fishing stringer, hang a lantern, hang a bird house or feeder

  238. Chris Hamby

    tender it is quick lighting

  239. Shannon

    Kids can play “cat’s cradle”

  240. greg

    use it to restrain an enemy.
    restrain your dog.

  241. Kelly

    Hair The/ponytail holder

  242. Mark

    Macrame pot holder,

  243. Bryan

    Repair or replace broken horse tack.
    Tie down cargo in or on a vehicle.
    Temporary corral.
    probably already covered but oh well

  244. John Hamilton

    you can make a case for cell phone or leatherman

  245. Kristy

    Take a length of paracord, tie a 1/2 lb. rock on the end, and swing away.
    Lash a combat knife with paracord to a pole or stick to make a spear.
    String bells on paracord around your campsite to act as a warning system.
    Use paracord to make a monkey fist for a weapon.

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  247. Been Ghost

    Melt it for a small amount of improvised wax.

  248. Chris

    Weave different colors of paracord together (you can dye them or just go monochrome if you only have one color) to make a friendship bracelet. (I actually just saw a premade paracord bracelet kit at Wal-Mart marketed towards young girls.)

    • Chris

      Crochet a paracord rug.

  249. Chris

    Tie it around your finger to help you remember something.

  250. Avis

    Para cord Usages:
    1-Can be used to make a dog collar.
    2-Used as guide lines for setting up vertical antenna and/ or mast.
    3-Tent replacement guidelines
    4- Gurrot (self defense purposes)
    5- Strapping cargo on vehicles
    6- Gardening by tying saplings to pole or stick, tying vine type plants on trellises
    7- Rifle/weapon sling
    8- Clothesline
    9- Guitar strap
    10- Use to tie stick or branch to set a broken leg or arm

  251. Karen Edwards

    To make a ladder.

  252. Desert Fox

    1.Hang a bucket for a shower.
    2.Create a knot rope to measure depth of water.
    3.Use as warp to weave a grass bed mat.
    4.Tie a few logs to make a raft to cross small body of water.
    5.Hang a pretty stone you found, around your neck.
    6.Tie a fishing fly using inside threads.
    7.Repair holes on shoes.
    8.Make a safety line during a whiteout snow storm
    9.Make an old-fashion phone (two cans with a string!)
    10.In a cabin with no walls, use a line to hang a sheet for privacy.

  253. Ayla Green

    I make neck ropes for horses with para cord, for bridle-less riding

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  255. Gary

    tying up a bear bag while hiking, trip wire for booby traps, a lasso to catch animals, a noose for a hanging, a bolo to either catch or kill animals, a rescue line, to make a garrotte, used to make handcuffs, braiding lines to make a climbing rope, hog tying, use to carry squirrels home from hunting, Used to hold open a deer when gutting, Hang a deer up for processing the meat, use for lines to grow blackberries on, use to extent a fence higher to keep deer out of a garden, Braid to make a tow rope for getting a vehicle unstuck. Use temp. as a fan belt, tie down items on the roof of a vehicle, repair a broken bra strap, use to repair torn clothes, tie to trigger on a gun to test fire a old or repaired gun, lash together a frame for a wilderness shelter, repair a broken fence, use it in bondage, make a ring for a finger,

  256. VICKI

    1.macrame 2.plant hangers, 3.

  257. David Deitsch

    A few more paracord projects:
    - Weave a sack to carry stuff.
    - Lash two backpack frames into an improvised spine immobilization frame (“back board”).
    - Make an Alpine Cacoon Stretcher (which is not the same as the net stretcher that you listed, and can be used to haul an injured climber up a steep incline).
    - Hobble a pack animal over night.
    - Secure gear in a sack onto a saddle or frame using a diamond hitch.
    - Improved hand cuffs.
    - Transit line for moving gear over a river or ravine.
    - Did your list include shoe laces? Paracord is not only useful for improvising when a lace breaks. Some of us remove the laces that come with new boots, and replace them with paracord just because paracord works better than the stuff that regular shoe laces are made of.
    - Improvised repair of a broken or too short backpack shoulder strap or hip belt.
    - Head band to keep long hair out of our eyes.
    - Regarding tourniquets; please avoid using paracord for that as it will increase the severity of the patient’s injury and reduce the chances that surgical reattachment will be successful. A strip of cloth cut from the patient’s trousers or a belt will work better and do less damage to an already endangered limb.

    Enjoy that steak!

  258. Sheila

    -Use inside strands as dental floss.
    -Use to tie up an enemy you don’t want to kill.
    -Use to tie up the legs of animals you catch but want to transport alive.
    - Wrap around and tie an alligator or croidile’s mouth shut (depending on where you live)
    -Use as a guideline during blizzards to get from one building to another, etc.
    - Use to fashion homemade numchucks(sp?)together.
    -Use to tie your hat to your head to keep the wind from blowing it off.

    Those are some ideas…don’t know if you think they are viable.

  259. Paul

    I didn’t read all the comments but just recently I used paracord to tie up a rolled up sleeping bag that I had busted the sewn in type of roll up cord on.

  260. THOMAS MOHLER

    YOU CAN ALSO USE AS A SPLINT WRAPPER. RESET BROKEN BONES (TIE TO SOMETHING SOLID, THEN WRAP AROUND ANKLE, SET BACK AND PULL BROKEN, DISLOCATED, APPENDEGE.

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  262. PacisIngredio

    Para Cord 100 uses
    81 Rappelling
    82 Rapelling Harness (kinda uncomfertable)((use at your own risk))
    83 tie equipment to yourself so you don’t drop it
    84 Rifle sling
    85 tie down rifle scope or optic to rifle
    (all of these I learned at and put into practice at ft Benning Georgia during basic training by America’s greatest drill sergeants)

    86 but cutting 3-4 inch lengths (many many of them) and then fraying the ends, tie down to jacket and pants to make a generic ghillie suit
    87 Ranger donut
    88 Ranger donut pillow or seat cushion
    89 to hang picture frames to your wall (yes I’ve done this)
    90 tie your exaust pipe or muffler to the frame (redneck ingenuity)
    91 we used them in Iraq to tie down antennas on our vehicles so they didn’t hit power lines
    92 secure your door for extra strength (most likely something on the door will break before the cord with several windings)
    93 zip line (use at your own risk)
    94 by attaching a small loop to the bottom of your magazines they can be used as rip cords to pull out mags easier (I’ve only used on rifle magazines)
    95 a bow loop for bow and drill fire starter
    96 a bookmarker
    97 dog tag chain
    98 tie loops about 18 inches in diameter and make the loops about a foot apart from eachother to make a loop ladder
    99 make shift handels on a foot locker
    100 boat anchor cable
    I’ve used all of these aside from the zipline and boat anchor, but I’m sure they would work if absolutely necessary in an emegancy

    enjoy your steak

  263. You can use it anytime that you need to tie something onto your vehicle, tie down the trunk or hood when it won’t close anyway. Did you mention you could use it as an animal lead?

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  265. Ghleehanna

    All right guys…you never would think of these…ladies like myself need to keep our long hair tied back, makeshift bra…you know just in case we used the one we were wearing for a slingshot, and ummmm uhhhh…tampon.

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  267. Corneilius

    1 shoelaces
    2 makeshift braces to hold your trousers up
    3 dog lead
    4 dog collar
    5 sling for hunting
    6 rifle sling
    Hope this helps. Enjoy the steak!

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  269. Adam

    For those of us in the military:
    -If ever captured by an enemy, using paracord as boot laces or any other item that you might keep on you can allow you to have a crucial tool with you.
    -One tool is the ability to escape. Modern restraints are of the nylon “zip tie” form, but very thick. Use the friction of rubbing 550 cord against it and it will break free.
    -If you ever find yourself without a knife, 550 cord has tremendous cutting power via friction.

  270. Raven

    There’s also the BDSM that use it. I’ve seen it be used to make floggers and clothing.

  271. make a bow drill to start a fire
    weave a trap for fish, crawfish, crab
    tie to a waater bottle to hold it above fire to boil water
    make a bolo to throw at small game

  272. LeGaps

    FOR FIRST AID IN FIELD,…A TOURNQUET,…A ARM SLING, THEN FOR A
    EVERYDAY SOLUTION…. REPLACEMENT SRING BELT FOR SWEAT PANTS.

    ALSO MAYBE USED AS A TRAPPING SNARE FOR GAME ANIMALS?.

    • Mark Allen

      all of those are on his list.

  273. Jenene

    Make a hackimore for your horse.
    Use as lead for your pack mules.
    Tie down bundles on your pack mules.

  274. Tracy Cooper

    You only have 79, snare is used twice #4 and #65. But use it to hogtie undesirables, binde ankles for climbing coconut palms.

    • Mark Allen

      technically, it is 2 uses, because one only uses the inner strands as the snare itself for smaller game and the other uses the cord whole to suspend logs for dropping on larger small game.

  275. Bryan Young

    You can also use it to attach a parachute to its harness…

  276. Devin

    Use to cut thru zip cuffs ( only takes 1 1/2 seconds to do )

  277. Duane

    Makes a great emergency fishing lure. Cut about an inch piece, pull the inner strands out one end slightly, slide it over a hook with the inner strands towards the bend in the hook, then melt the cord to the hook near the eye. Use another hook to fluff the inner strands and you have a great jig.

  278. David

    Make a tag for a zipper. Similar to the one you have on your key cgain

  279. Scott

    tie items to back seat of your motorcycle, IE tent, sleeping bag for over night camp out

  280. Mark Allen

    I’ve checked twice and there are 4 that I can think of at the moment which are not on the list.

    81: binding splints

    granted the following are advanced, but if you can weave paracord well enough to create some of the suggestions above (such as lanyards, hammocks, lanyards, and knife hilts just to name a few of the many advanced projects listed above), you should be able to make these as well

    82: weave emergency sandles/moccasins
    83: weave a tunic
    84: weave a watchcap/beenie

    and these have brought other uses to mind:

    85: weave a balaclava/ski mask
    86: material for knitting, instead of yarn
    87: shock-absorbing carrier/hangar for mason-jar lanterns
    88: cargo tie-downs
    89: securing camp raiders till authorities arrive
    90: hanging kill for dressing out (yes, hanging kill was on the list, but only to keep it from animals, not for dressing out)

    91: Stretching hides
    92: survival garden lashings and lattices

  281. howard

    Use to secure a splint to leg or arm.

    Collar for dog.

  282. Donald McNany

    Make a zipper pull
    Did I miss bow drill in your list?
    I saw a Utube of using paracord to cut a glass bottle, making a glass.
    Ridge line for a tarp over a hammock.
    Ridge line to limit the desired drop on a hammock.
    Rifle sling
    Emergency suspenders
    Backpack strap
    Axe grip & lanyard
    Tomahawk grip & lanyard
    Walking stick grip and lanyard
    Improvised pistol retainer hanging from belt
    Water bottle holder
    Canteen pouch

  283. Karl

    1.Tie clothes together when skinny dipping to keep them together.
    2.Ladies can make a stylish string bikini bathing suit.
    3.Hang a string of lights to keep the weight of the lights from fraying or weakening the electrical cord.
    4.Use to hold and lower a flashlight, torch, or lantern into someplace dark to be able to see inside.
    5.Attach flashlight/lantern to body while lowering oneself into a darkened place or climbing a tree in the dark so as not to lose the light and keep hands free for climbing.
    Mark a short trail to keep off the grass.
    6.Guide line to keep people together, each one holds it to keep their place in line so no one gets separated especially in the dark.
    7.Rope together when traveling across dangerous terrain, reel them back in when they fall through the hidden crevasse.
    8.Pull cord for a box trap, if you want to sit all day waiting for creatures to enter it.
    9.Tie the lid latch down if you don’t have a stick to go thru the hasp of a hinged latch.
    10.Book mark.
    11.Chin strap for a hat.
    12.Straps for makeshift sandals or flip-flops.
    13.Secure your paddles or oars to the boat so they don’t float away if they go overboard.
    14.Ridge-line for improvised shelter.
    15.Tie tarp to poles to make a boat.
    16.2Tie up goods in a tarp to keep them dry while crossing a stream.
    17.Tie corners of a poncho together to keep it down in high wind.
    18.Tie a sail to a boat, mast.
    19.Use in a pulley for lifting/lowering a bucket into a well.
    20.Tie a sail to a wagon.
    21.Tie goods to a boat to keep them from sinking if the boat turns over.
    22.Tripwire for improvised alarm.
    23.Tie a door closed if a proper latch is not available.
    24.Tie leaves Adam & Eve Style
    25.Tie camouflage leaves and branches etc to hat.
    26.Make a hat or head covering. (tie large leaves together)
    27.Tie and hang large leafy branch overhead as a fan.
    28.Tie large leaf to a stick or pole as a fan. (fan the fire, yourself, others pharaoh-style)
    29.Tie tarp/blanket, etc together to hold goods in lieu of a backpack or knapsack.
    30.Tie poles together for a raft.
    31.Tie poles into a bridge
    32.Tie poles together to make a table.
    33.Tie together a tripod stool, tripod basin for washing face and hands, etc.
    34.Tie poles between trees to make a sleeping pallet off the ground.

  284. John Tonningsen

    Tie a person up, use instead or a sling if you hurt your arm or shoulder, to tie pieces of wood to your leg if you have hurt your knee.

  285. Saltporkdoc

    Though not sterile and thus suitable only in a true emergency and for skin closure ONLY, inner strands can be used as sutures to close large wounds or wounds over an area of flex!

  286. Paul

    How about a bear bag?
    Anchor line?
    Crab hand line?

  287. Harle Ross

    Use to tie up hands and feet on a bad guy, even tie bad guy to tree.
    Cover coffee pot handle for easier handeling when hot.
    Tourniquet
    Self defense – choke someone
    Cloths line to dry cloths or sleeping bag.

  288. Dean

    Paracord is an ideal material for extra guy ropes for your tent or shade shelter during high winds – so the whole thing won’t blow over or blow away.

  289. Dean

    use it as an emergency tie rope for your canoe/kayak/raft, when you’ve beached it for a while, so it won’t “float off” if the river rises while you’re sleeping or otherwise away for a while.

  290. William Stone

    Tying splint to ankle or knee.

  291. Paracord uses: to tie sticks together to support broken bone, use to make shoes,, use to help get food out of high places, used to keep food out of reach of animals. Hope these help.

  292. Fred Myrick, Jr.

    An emergency fan belt for your car

  293. bobert

    Key Chain!

  294. Marie Gray

    Other uses for Paracord: extra handle for a purse, a suitcase, a bucket; to strap a water bottle to your waist or purse; to hold a lunch pail together; to hold a potted plant from a tree.

    I hope these help.

  295. Joe pedrogo

    use for making a monkeyfist bolo
    use for making zipper pull tabs
    use as a “dummy cord” to attach knife to the sheath
    weave it into a pot holder
    weave it into a pouch to hold things like canteens

  296. Create a mesh bag to carry things.
    Use to string up onions, garlic, or other foods.

  297. Steve Parker

    Read them all and didn’t see this…tie to one windshield wiper and through the truck to the other wiper when the linkage breaks. Pull back and forth to work wipers. Better if you have a helper. This works…I’ve done it when we HAD to go.

  298. Delmar Fairchild

    Use fibers to attach fletching and heads to arrow shafts.
    Place a small rock in a cloth, wrap cloth around the rock and tie a cord around the rock to improvise a gromment. Useful for making tents without cutting holes in materials.

  299. Woodard

    #81 Splint lashing
    #82 Buddy safety line
    #83 Boonie/hat synch replacement
    #84 Buzzsaw for chemlight
    #85 Prisoner handling kit

  300. As a muzzle tie for dog/when u wrangle that alligator.

  301. Mojo

    How about making a lasso and using it to hogtie?

  302. Rick

    You could us the para cord for making restraints for someone that you’re waiting for the appropriate law officials to arrive.

  303. Karin

    Hanging a solar bag for shower
    Hanging a privacy screen

  304. Mark

    Use it to play ‘Jacobs Ladder’ with the kids. It’s easy on the hands and will help the kids be familiar with it too.

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