If you’ve ever bought a piece of survival gear such as a weather radio, an emergency whistle, or a magnesium fire starter, you may have noticed a long piece of cord attached to it. Maybe your tactical watch has a twisted rope for its strap, or maybe your rain jacket has a stretched cord incorporated into the design.
If so, it’s probably paracord–short for parachute cord–and it’s one of the most versatile tools you can have in a survival scenario.
This unassuming accessory can do a lot more than just tie things together. It is strong enough to do heavy-duty tasks like pulling people from a lake to safety or lifting heavy objects up the side of a cliff. And it’s flexible enough to use as a survival tool. It can even act as a thread if you want to repair a ripped pair of pants or need a line for fishing.
If you don’t believe me, just check out this infographic created by Mike’s Gear Reviews. It lists 101 survival uses for paracord. Can you think of any that didn’t make the list?