I’m sure you’ve seen these things around…you know…those bracelets made from paracord…
These days, you can find them (or the materials to make them) just about everywhere.
But besides being an outdoor fashion statement, are they really good for anything?
Well…yes…yes they are. Here is why:
- The number one reason why a paracord bracelet is worth having is that you would always have about ten feet (or more) of strong cordage with you. Having more cordage than that would be preferred, but let’s face it…most people are not going to have a bundle of cordage in their EDC plan. So for everyday carry, wearing one of these bracelets would make sense. Other ways to incorporate paracord into an EDC, (such as a belt, watch band, or key chain,) would also be a good plan.
- The second reason why wearing a paracord bracelet is a good idea is that, not only will you have cordage, you will have string. In fact, 10 feet of typical 500 paracord (7 strand) will have about 70 feet of string. The string could prove really useful in a variety of situations where paracord would be too thick for the job.
As for the number of ways for which paracord could be used?
Well…I could list many for you, but in reality, it is impossible to list them all. I could easily list 100 uses right here…and it would still not be enough to cover it. The fact is, cordage and string have just so many basic uses for emergency preparedness and survival. Here are some random examples in various categories of preparedness:
- Paracord could be used to create a catch system in which to collect water from a dripping source.
- It could be used to hold canteens or other water containers.
- The cordage could also be used to help construct solar stills.
- Paracord (and the strands inside) could be used to create traps and snares to catch game.
- The inner strands could be used as fishing line.
- Netting could be created from paracord.
- One could use the cordage to hang game for storage, for processing, or for cooking.
- String could also be used to hang herbs for drying, or to hang curds for cheese-making.
- One could use paracord to construct a basic lean-to or other simple shelter.
- Paracord could also be employed as lashing for wooden constructs.
- Cordage, of course, could be used to tie things together.
- It could also be used to weave a hammock for sleeping off of the ground.
- Paracord (and the inner strands) could be used for clothing repair.
- It could also be used as shoelaces.
- Paracord can also be woven into belts, watch bands, and, of course, bracelets.
- Paracord could be used to help create trip perimeters.
- It could be woven into gun slings.
- The cordage could also be used to make a bow.
Fire and Heat:
- Paracord could be used to make a bow-drill.
- Certain types of paracord include a jute strand which could be used as tinder.
- Again, paracord could always be used to tie things together…such as bundles of kindling.
- Paracord could be used to create a sling, or be used to immobilize a limb in a split.
- It could be used as a tourniquet.
- As a final example, it could also be used to help fasten bandages in place.
These are just a few of the many uses for paracord. Honestly, because there are so many scenarios when cordage or string could be employed, that I could not possibly attempt to list them all. When it comes down to it, there really isn’t a reason why you should not have any paracord on hand. This is especially true when you could wear something as simple, light, and small as a paracord bracelet.
And that’s precisely why wearing a paracord bracelet is a good idea.