Lately, the survival belt has become a fashion accessory for expeditions and lovers of camps. In addition to the fact that it looks good on your wrist, this bracelet can save your life in case of an emergency.
The survival bracelet is made of paracord (which comes from the parachute cord), a nylon rope that was used for the first time to suspend American parachutes in World War II. But soldiers have found many other uses of this rope for different situations. Over the years, his example was followed by both military and civilians, and the cable was used for many purposes. The paracord bracelets were born from the need to carry the rope in an easier way. And so you will always have it at hand.
When used for fashion purposes, you can choose among many colors.
But you must bear in mind that your bracelet has so many uses that it would be a pity to have it on your wrist alone. It can be unraveled and the rope has proven useful for repairing fishing lines, traps, fishing gear, nets, as well as for securing things, joining or tying articles or other equipment.
How to use a survival belt
Make a paracord rod
When you are in the wild you surely need to eat. You may be near a river and have no choice but to catch some fish. The bracelet can be very useful in this situation: you can untangle it and simply place a hook and bait and the fishing line is ready. This will help you get the food you need.
You can also use the nylon inner strands to create a fish net. You must have a thicker cord for the top and bottom. Make loops that are small enough to catch the fish and thread the net between the thicker cord. You practically catch the gills of the fish in the paracord ropes.
Make a paracord trap
When it comes to food, you should know that the survival strap bracelet can also help you catch small animals. Instead of catching fish, you can create a trap for squirrels or other small rodents. The animal trap is quite similar to the fishing net.
Take one end of the rope and tie a knot around a branch. Create a rope at the other end that will trap the passing animal. You have to secure the branch with something solid like a piece of wood fixed on the ground.
Replace your laces
It often happens that your shoes deteriorate in an expedition. That includes the fact that your laces can break. The paracord cords of the survival bracelet can be used to replace them. Good and strong cords are very useful in some cases of emergency. For example, when an animal attacks you, you need to adjust your shoes so you can run faster. You can wear fixed shoes when it rains and the floor is also slippery. However, in any situation, the shoes must be well fixed on the feet.
Sew the holes in your backpack.
In a long expedition (and not only) may appear an undesirable situation, such as tearing your backpack. Even some small holes can lead to something unpleasant: in case of rain, all your food and clothes will be compromised.
The internal strands of your survival bracelet can also help you in this case. If you have a needle (next time remember to include one in your bags) use the threads to sew anything that is broken.
Maintain your dental hygiene
When you go camping, you tend to neglect your dental hygiene. This is not good because the bacteria that cause gum problems can also trigger rheumatoid arthritis.
According to a study published in the magazine and # 8220; PLOS Pathogensand # 8221; There is a connection between these different diseases due to the bacteria that trigger them. Previous research has reported that there is a link between these two disorders, which shows that they exist simultaneously. Experts noted in laboratory tests that rheumatoid arthritis occurs more rapidly in rats exposed to this type of bacteria. Accelerated destruction of bone and cartilage is also present. The people of science say that it is likely that humans will also experience the same process.
So you must bear in mind that your dental hygiene is very important. It is possible that you forget your dental floss at home or that it runs out. Cut small pieces of the inner strings of your survival belt and use them as floss. Thoroughly clean all leftovers from your dinner, paying special attention to the meat. This is a good way to keep your teeth healthy.
Mark your path in the forest
There are certain things that can go wrong when you are free. One of them is getting lost in the forest. In this situation, you may turn around without even noticing it, which decreases your chances of getting to the right path.
If you experience something like this, consider not panicking in the first place. Try to stay calm and plan your next moves. You can start by marking a path with the help of your survival bracelet. Unravel, cut pieces and tie them to the branches of trees. Also mark your initial place with lots of rocks or forests so you know which road to take next.
Create a refuge
When you need a shelter (in cases of emergency, when you do not have a tent available), you can use the paracord to tie the different materials you need.
First, you must choose a place to build your refuge. Take into account the following aspects:
- look for dry trees that can collapse on your refuge
- Do not place yourself in a dry river bed that can quickly turn into a rapid stream of water, mud, and other elements brought upstream in case of heavy rain
- Choose a higher place so your shelter will not be flooded in case of rain
- Choose a sheltered place, smooth and large enough to allow you to lie
- Leave space for ventilation to keep the shelter dry.
- If you are in a temperate climate zone, you need a shelter to stay away from the rain and cold.
- Leave a hole for ventilation, heat is important but you should also breathe fresh air
When you make a shelter, you should take them into consideration:
- do not sleep directly on the floor: make a “floor” with twigs, leaves, moss, pine needles
- Create a wooden structure with a 45 degree angle that slopes and cover it with twigs, leaves and moss so that your roof is waterproof. Tie the trunks with paracord strands.
- When covering the roof, start from the bottom and rise so that the water drains to the ground
Make a fire
Often you need to start a fire while you are on a camping trip. In general, you have the necessary equipment to do this, but you must adapt in case of an emergency. If you do not have matches or lighters, you should know that you can use a survival belt bracelet to make the fire. It is not very easy to do this, as more experienced adventurers use the “arch” technique more frequently.
Create a bow by attaching both ends of a flexible branch to the rope of your survival bracelet. You will also need a rock such as the “socket”, a twig for the shaft and a piece of wood (make a “V” notch). Place some flammable material in the cut, loop the cord around the center of the arc shaft and put one end of the shaft in the “V” cut. Fix the shaft with the rock and begin to move the bow with a rapid movement back and forth to generate heat and sparks.
Create a tourniquet
Accidents can happen anywhere. The worst case scenario is when you do not have medical supplies and you are far away from any hospital. You will be forced to use whatever you have to resolve the situation. The survival bracelet can help you create a tourniquet that can save lives in case of blood loss.
First aid in case of external bleeding consists of:
- limiting bleeding: place the victim at rest with the bleeding segment in an upright position (higher than the body)
- stop bleeding, A process called hemostasis.
The body has the ability to achieve hemostasis spontaneously by platelet aggregation and blood coagulation at the site of the vascular lesion that leads to the appearance of a clot (thrombus). When this mechanism is insufficient, it is necessary to help the body with artificial hemostasis.
Artificial hemostasis is most easily achieved by applying a compression to the damaged blood vessel, considering the direction of blood flow, so that bleeding stops.
Hemostatic compression can be achieved by:
- digital compression: apply a finger to the blood vessel
- compression bandage: Cover and compress the wound with sterile compresses or another clean cloth (handkerchiefs, clothes, etc.) if you do not have the compresses
- with a tourniquet – An elastic cord tied to the upstream of the lesion (following the blood flow). If you do not have a tourniquet, replace it with a piece of your paracord bracelet.
The tourniquet should be used for hemostasis in case of bleeding that can not be stopped or in the case of limb wounds. The application of the tourniquet is an extreme measure, which should be taken only in case of massive arterial hemorrhage when it is not possible to achieve hemostasis by other methods.
This process interrupts both the leakage of blood from the damaged vessel and the blood circulation in the entire area around the tourniquet. It can cause serious injuries until necrosis. That’s why the turnstile is still a backup solution.
Secure and move your backpack.
It can produce a change of plans in any trip: an area that you did not know anything about and that you would like to visit, a small cave that you want to enter or a strong descent that arose from the collapse of the earth. It is possible that all those require you to remove your backpack and move it from one side to another because you still need it. Secure it with the paracord and simply lift or lower it, according to your needs.
Fix your store
It may happen that you hit yourself in the middle of a storm and you need to secure your tent so that the wind does not drag you away.
The paracord bracelet works perfectly on this paper: you can use it to anchor the store more solidly on the ground.
Stop the car leaks
Unexpected situations can occur at any time, not just in nature. It may happen that you are in the car on a deserted road. It seems that he can not pick up any signal with his phone (or is dead and can not recharge) and his vehicle has been spoiled: a pipe broke and oil and other vital fluids were spilled for the car to work properly. . There is very little chance that someone will pass by and needs to solve the car problem very quickly. You can use the bracelet as a tourniquet to stop the leak until you have another solution at hand.
Take care of your security
While you are in the middle of nature, you are surrounded by earth colors: shades of green and brown. But it may happen that you get into a hunting area. It’s time to use some bright colors, so hunters can see you and not shoot you. You must have a colorful bracelet that you can untangle and carry it around your body so that you look extremely visible.
Uses of the house
In addition to the fact that the paracord bracelet can save your life, you should know that you can use it for other domestic purposes, such as sewing, hanging your photos, restoring your belts or decorating furniture. It is also fashionable, since you can find it or do it in various colors and models.
10 ways to create a survival bracelet
If you do not want to buy a survival bracelet, you should know that there are many ways to create yours.
It all depends on the materials you have, the knots that you want to use (there are different techniques that are used so that the final result is different and points to certain characteristics such as durability, weight, design, etc., also serve different purposes ).
Super strong survival bracelet
This bracelet can be useful in any emergency situation because it is unbreakable and very solid.
Detailed instructions in the video above.
Fish tail survival bracelet
This model is very easy to make, it unravels quickly and is very light.
Explanations and instructions in the video above.
Survival bracelet – rock stair knot technique.
This type of bracelet uses a greater amount of paracord that can be useful for you in an emergency situation.
It is still fashionable and looks good on the wrist.
Police style survival bracelet.
Made for police use, this survival strap bracelet can serve any purpose (in nature, in case of emergency or at home)
Explanations and instructions in the video above.
Super thick survival bracelet
This technique, called “dragon tongue”, helps you get a wide bracelet with additional paracord to use in emergency situations.
All instructions are shown in the video above.
Paracord bracelet “bone of the shark jaw”.
This type of bracelet uses less rope and is thinner.
Be sure to see the previous tutorial.
Super fast survival bracelet
It’s compact and there’s a lot of rope you can use when you untangle it.
The instructions are provided in the previous YouTube video.
Survival bracelet easy to make.
This bracelet is thin but it offers you the amount of paracord you need in any situation.
The video above explains how to do it.
Survival bracelet quick unravel
This type of bracelet can be unraveled in 5 seconds, which is perfect for any emergency case.
There are many weaving techniques and many paracord colors, so it is practically impossible not to find a bracelet that suits all your needs. You can buy your paracord bracelet or you can create yours. When you leave for an expedition, you should be very careful in the way you pack your bags. In addition to other survival items, be sure to always have your paracord bracelet on your wrist. It can save your life.
If you are an adventurer and an expedition lover, you should know many things and techniques that can keep you alive. Before going on a trip, do your homework in the first place. Make sure you have all the knowledge and elements you need so that your life is not in danger. If you are at the beginning of your adventurer’s career, it would be better to go on a shorter trip, in a well-known area. Having an expert on your team can help you a lot.