In recent years, paracord has become a very popular element of the preparation community, and with good reason. This incredibly durable material lends itself well to a series of different tasks. The growing demand, along with the creativity of the manufacturer community, has created thousands of different ways for survivors to carry this valuable material, which makes it easy to remember and even carry.
Here we will explore what makes this magical rope so durable and its many uses in emergency and everyday situations.
The most difficult things
As most people know, we had our first introduction to Paracord as a matter of necessity for the United States Army. We needed an ultra strong and lightweight rope to withstand the tremendous amount of force exerted by the opening of a parachute, and something that could take the intense blow of all that weight that suddenly pulled against it without breaking.
Thus the parachute cord was born. Composed of several groups of nylon fibers, this incredible innovation will not rot or mold like other fibers. Because it is woven of many small threads, it has a very soft texture due to its resistance. This makes it excellent in applications where the rope needs to be able to move or slide very quickly, as in the opening of a parachute. In addition, its tensile strength is tremendous. Depending on the thickness of the cable, many can support up to 750 pounds.
In recent years, in particular, the survival and preparation community has seen the potential of this material, and has created an industry fire overnight for it. Several companies have started producing everything from bracelets to paracord woven belts, which can be unrolled when needed. These innovative designs can include several hundred feet in a practical application that can be used to the point where it is needed for something else.
Paracord is also sold in bulk and by the reel in different thicknesses and, of course, in a variety of colors. Everyone, from Amazon to the trekking shops, has started to wear the fashionable fibers, undoubtedly attractive for the market of people who like to combine their practical forms of preparation with a bit of fashion sense.
How to use a paracord bracelet
One of the most popular ways to buy your paracord these days is in the form of a woven bracelet. There are a lot of manufacturers that offer these in every conceivable color combination. With the tendency to wait, the prices vary enormously; You can see that these cost between $ 5 and $ 500, depending on the name of who is on the label (as crazy as it seems). Most bracelets have about 12 feet of paracord rolled into them.
Depending on the model you obtain, you can unroll yours without cutting the cable. Many have loops or pins that you can pull to release and unroll the braid. However, it goes without saying that, if you are going to wear a paracord bracelet, it is better that you use a knife too. Once it is unrolled, there is a lot you can do with one in an emergency situation.
First aid applications
Operating under the assumption that it only has one bracelet, and the average cable length included in one is 12 feet, there is still a wide variety of applications in a first aid scenario. The first that comes to mind is undoubtedly moving a patient from one place to another. Whenever you can place the person on some kind of surface that slides on the ground, you can be sure that your paracord will be able to handle the work.
Most paracord bracelets have a rating of at least 550, which means they can support up to 550 pounds of tension. Once you have your patient on a makeshift stretcher, create a loop of the toe, passing the cord through both corners so that the stretcher does not tilt to the side. Use something to fill where you are going to throw, because this material is strong and can wear out in your hand very fast. Even just a wad of moss between you and the paracord will save your hand from some cramping.
Another very common use of these bracelets in field medicine is like a tourniquet. Let me start by saying that the application of a tourniquet is not something that should be done lightly: in the best case, it should only be done by a professional. But as we all know, life simply does not overlook the best case scenarios. That said, before even considering the possibility of applying a tourniquet, ask yourself if the loss of the limb is a possible acceptable result, because it is likely to happen if you leave too much time.
However, if someone is really hurt and you are more concerned about bleeding or losing an arm, begin to untangle that bracelet. (This is not something I will tell you how to do it here, since it is best that you read a complete book to understand the process, however, the point is that Paracord is up to the task).
If you’re dealing with something like a broken arm or a sprain, these wristbands can also be deconstructed to secure divisions and create makeshift slings (again, use whatever you have available for the stuffing between the meat and the string). Although not the most comfortable, the cord is certainly strong enough to hold a limb in place while it heals.
Hunting and Fishing
Needless to say, this is great to fly when you are fishing. Even if it’s not an emergency, and you’re just fishing and forgot something, there are several different ways to wear your bracelet and maybe avoid a trip back home.
On the one hand, it makes an excellent concert. The bright colors in which these cords usually come make it easy to detect, so you can reach your capture level as you move up. Just find something in the water (of a strong current, of course) to secure its cable, then pass the other end of the cable through the gills of your fish, creating a basic hitch or slipknot, or even a loop, depending on your preference of the person. There you have it, instantaneous live-well!
If you have just cut your last group of knotted fishing lines, you can even use the internal fibers of your paracord to make an improvised fishing line. Simply use a lighter to melt the ends so they do not remain frayed, and twist the fibers on themselves a few times (melting in places to keep the fibers together, if necessary).
Those who are a bit more cunning can even design a network. This material is incredibly strong, although you may need more than one bracelet to make it worthwhile to use anything. Just keep in mind that the color of your cable network will be of little use if your cable is neon pink.
Paracord bracelets are also excellent for hunting purposes, and the list of their applications is extensive in this category. As a hunter, I can not tell you how many times a good strong rope has been useful.
Just get it in black, or try not to care too much about its appearance. In my experience, no hunting rope remains free of blood for a long time. One of the best applications for these bracelets is, without a doubt, to prolong your killing. Given the tremendous amount of weight that even the thinnest cable can withstand, they are a perfect candidate to transport that ball through the snow to your truck.
In addition, the durability of the cord makes it a great candidate for the skinning and preparation process. Place it through the hocks of a deer, find a good resistant beam to hang it and lift it to begin the skinning process. The cable is also resistant to decay, so you can use it to let your meat hang up when you have finished the cleaning process.
In a survival situation, if you need a little dinner and you have nothing but your bracelet, even this will be enough for you to start. Again, keep in mind the color of your bracelet and fix it if you need to camouflage it a bit. By cutting a piece and strategically placing what is essentially a sliding knot in the brush, you can catch a small game, like rabbits or squirrels.
Using a paracord bracelet for survival in nature
If you ever find yourself in a scenario where you are far from help, and you are stranded in the desert, a paracord bracelet can really save your skin. Depending on the supplies you have about you, there is a lot you can do with one to keep yourself safe and secure until help arrives.
One of the basic aspects of surviving in nature is to stay warm and dry, and to do so, most of the time, you need a shelter of some kind. When you unroll your bracelet, you can tie a makeshift tent or secure the walls with stakes and wooden rope. You can even use it to weave the branches of a roof, if there is no other awning to sink.
If the weather is particularly unpleasant and you are dealing with things like the heavy wind and the rain, use your paracord to secure your clothes impervious to the skin. It does not have to look pretty, just wrap it around you to keep your jacket from opening and allow cold air and moisture to reach you.
If you’ve ever gotten lost in the forest, you know what advantage it can have to just see over the treetops. If you need to have a small perspective of what surrounds you and climb a tree, use your paracord bracelet to arm yourself with a safety harness, so that it does not do more harm than good to your situation.
Speaking of trees, if you’re stuck in a bear country, you’ll want to be sure to suspend your food in the branches of a tree, and far from where you want to sleep. This will dissuade (although it does not always guarantee) that a curious bear will destroy your food stores and possibly your tent.
You can even remove the nylon outer shell that makes up your cable and use the fine internal threads for other things. These threads, at least they are, are still made of ultra resistant nylon, and are excellent for any type of sewing that you may need in the field (clothes, tents, even hairs!) Again, as with the stage of the fishing line, simply pull out the threads you need and use a flame to melt the ends.
Everyday uses for a paracord bracelet.
Not all scenarios are so dramatic, sometimes you just need a little rope. There are many everyday situations that will make you happy that you have decided to use this new and modern survival equipment. Having one on the wrist and another in the glove compartment is not the worst idea, that’s for sure.
Although you can test the limits of the weight capacity of your cable, two of these wristbands are doubled and even placed as a tow rope, in case you need to place your car a short distance away. We do not recommend relying exclusively on them, since most cars weigh more than 1,000 pounds and you can force even a double cable. But in case of trouble, use one to get your car out of a sticky place on the side of the road, to the safety of a parking lot, if nothing else.
They are particularly useful for tying loads to the roof of your car, it seems you never know you need to tie up until you do. Speaking of tie-ups, if your dog manages to break his leash while he’s running, or if he notices that he walks dangerously close to the busy street, use his bracelet as a makeshift leash, until he can get home and fix things
There are many other small applications for everyday nuances in which your bracelet can help you. Broken shoelaces, straps and even bra straps can be temporarily repaired when unwinding your bracelet (given the choice between wearing your bracelet or your pants at home, most people choose pants).
Never leave home without her
This is one of those little survival devices that you do not know you need, until you Really I need. Save yourself a little pain and use one every day, so that you are never in a position where you have five, but do not have one. I understand that they do not always look good with every outfit, so, ladies, get one in each color. And if that bulky bracelet does not do it for you, they make it like key chains, laces, dog leashes, whatever. Just have a little bit of you in some form or form.
It may seem like a trivial part of your preparation repertoire, but for such a small investment, it’s worth the time and money to make it part of your daily routine.