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Survival Bracelet – The One Accessory That Can Save Your Life

Survival Bracelet – The One Accessory That Can Save Your Life

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There are few fashion accessories that can save your life. Survival watches, survival belts are two that come to mind but there’s one survival accessory I like even more.

The mighty survival bracelet.

Survival bracelets are usually made from paracord and they include useful survival tools.

But survival bracelets have only recently gained popularity for civilians. While the military’s been issuing paracord survival bracelets for a very long time.

Why? Since it’s invention in WWII, paracord has proven to be insanely useful for survival. And for the military, that means on the battlefield.

Paracord is also included in astronaut gear list – you know, the one NASA sends into space!

So survival bracelets are worthwhile, but there’s an overwhelming number of them on the market today.

Some survival bracelets are standard, basic, and to the point. While others come equipped with an array of survival tools packed into them. Becoming a miniature survival kit by themselves.

So today, to help wade through the sea of options, we’ll cover a few of the highest rated survival bracelets. We’ll also suggest a few we like best and are most effective for survival.

But investing in a survival bracelet is just the first step, you also need to understand how to use one.

So I’ll also discuss how to make your own survival bracelets from scratch and some of the many survival uses for paracord.

The Magic of Paracord


Before we dive in, let’s take a second to admire paracord, the material most survival bracelets are made from.

Paracord was initially called “parachute cord.” It’s a high-tensile strength nylon cord and made its first appearance in World War II. It was designed to hold together paratroopers’ parachutes.

It’s invention allowed for a whole new type of airborne warfare.

Suddenly, paratroopers were leaping out of planes over war-torn Europe. Trusting their lives with the nylon parachute cord that held together their chutes.

Even after the paratroopers landed, they found lots of new uses for the material.

It became a common practice to strip the parachute of its paracord cord after landing, for later use.

Since then, it’s become standard issue for soldiers in the US army often knotted into a survival bracelet!

It’s a high utility survival accessory that can be easily accessed when you need it.

As mentioned, NASA also uses paracord. They now include paracord in their extensive cargo list. A list that only consists of the lightest weight and most useful materials known to man.

It’s good enough to make the list for survival in space. It was even used on a mission to the Hubble Space Telescope to make improvised repairs!

Paracord is badass stuff. And it’s a great addition to your bug-out-bag, get home bag, or survival pack, even if you’re not into wearing it as a bracelet.

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The Best Survival Bracelets


Your looking for the “best” survival bracelet and the good news is there are a lot of options to choose from. Here are a few of the highest rated survival bracelets, along with our notable favorites:

Military Outdoor Survival Bracelet With Firestarter

MilitOutdoor Paracord BraceletThis slick wrist accessory comes with 10 feet of 500 lb tensile strength green paracord. But it also comes with:

  • a small compass
  • survival whistle
  • an emergency knife
  • a stainless steel fire scraper
  • and a flint flare starter

Being able to use your survival bracelet to start a fire, navigate, and signal for help are critical skills in a desperate situation. Not to mention all the paracord and a knife to cut it into segments

Leatherman Tread Bracelet

Unlike most of the other survival bracelets on this list, this one doesn’t use paracord. It uses stainless steel “tread” pieces, that can be adjusted, so the bracelet fits any wrist.

That’s not the only difference this model offers. Also unlike other survival bracelets, this one is a mechanical toolbox for your wrist.

It includes:

  • a host of box-wrenches
  • both flat and Phillip’s head screwdrivers
  • an oxygen tank wrench
  • a socket drive adapter
  • bottle opener
  • SIM card “pick”
  • carbide glass breaker
  • and a cutting hook

While this bracelet may not be ideal for wilderness survival, it’s a reliable accessory for urban survival.

If you’re out riding a 4-wheeler or dirt bike or need to fix a radio this type of survival bracelet is your best option.

Friendly Swede Survival Bracelet With Firestarter

The Friendly Swede Survival BraceletIf you want an “all-in-one” bracelet that packs tons of survival gear into a wrist accessory – this option is for you. There isn’t much they left out of this survival package.

  • fishing line
  • fishing hooks
  • sinkers and bobbers
  • fire starting materials
  • safety pins
  • and a small blade

These are just a few of the many resources wrapped up in this survival bracelet with a firestarter.

If you find yourself lost in the wild, there isn’t a better bracelet to have on hand – because this one has it all!

TITAN Paracord Survival Bracelet

Titan Survival BraceletWhile the rest of the survival bracelets here are multi-tools, this is the most basic one that made the list. But don’t let its simplicity fool you.

Most military personnel don’t wear high tech, expensive bracelets with 30- different tools. Instead, they go for simplicity.

Paracord is so versatile and has so many survival uses; it’s considered a multi-tool by itself.

The TITAN paracord bracelet is made with a stainless steel bow shackle clasp. A secure clasp that can hold up to 1,650 static pounds of weight.

Bonus Offer – Free Patriot Paracord Bracelet

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The final survival bracelet I want to point out is the Patriot Survival Bracelet. It’s got many of the same features as the survival bracelets we already covered.

It includes 10 feet of high strength 550 paracord, as well as a built-in survival whistle and a reflective signaling plate.

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Paracord 101: The Basics

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Paracord is one of those survival supplies that is in everyone’s bug out bag. But why? What makes it so much superior to any other type of cordage? Why is it so useful? What can you do with it?

What is Paracord?

To answer why paracord is better than standard rope, we need to take a look at what’s inside.

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Paracord, also know as parachute cord, is more than just one piece. It’s made up of 7 2-ply strands inside a braided nylon sheath. The strands (“guts”) allow paracord to handle much more than typical rope of its size.

These smaller lines can be separated and used for smaller tasks like fishing line, snares, and sewing while the sheath can still be used for larger tasks like hanging a bear bag.

Just this feature alone lets you turn one bit of cordage into eight, multiplying its usefulness without having to carry more equipment.

While you should not trust standard 550 cord to support your weight, paracord more than earns its space in your bag.

How Can I Use Paracord?

“That’s all great and good, Dr. Science, but how can I use it?”

I’m so glad you asked. Here are just a few common uses for paracord:

  • Tie down tarp for shelter.
  • Make a net for fishing.
  • Hang your clothes to dry.
  • Tie your friend to a tree.
  • Make an improvised splint.
  • Make a spear.
  • Hang things from trees (lanterns, showers, pinatas).

There are a million and one uses for paracord. Or at least 101:

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“Gee, paracord sounds pretty useful but how do I make sure that I have it when I need it?”

There are many ways to make sure you have paracord handy at all times. Here are a few:

Common

Here are some examples of using everyday items to keep cordage close at hand.

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  • Bracelet – Most popular. Many come with survival kits woven inside. There are plenty of places to buy paracord bracelets but it’s pretty easy to make your own.
  • Belt – Probably the second most popular option. Depending on how much you like Oreos, you can fit a pretty sizable amount of cordage onto a belt. Like the bracelet, you can hide survival gear inside.

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  • Knife handle – Great way to add functionality and comfort. The wrap gives you a bit more grip and padding. Works especially well for minimalist or skeleton knives.
  • Necklace – With all of the different knots you can use, there plenty of options to suit your style.
  • Key chain – You could just have something simple like this or a…
    • Survival Kit (grenade) – Keep a whole kit right there on your key chain.
    • Monkey fist – Fairly innocuous but can be useful in a fight.

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    • Kubotan – Japanese self defense weapon. Basically a metal stick you jab into your attacker’s pressure points.
  • Survival knife kit
  • Zipper pulls – For pullin’ them zips up and down.

Uncommon

You may not have thought of these:

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  • Dog Collar/leash – I love this one because it’s turning something that you always use into something more useful.
  • Watch band – Not a fan of these but I’m a watch snob.
  • Boot laces – Swap out those basic laces and switch to something that you can use!
  • Rifle sling – If you’re going to have a sling anyway, it might as well be made out of paracord.
  • Lanyard – If you have to wear an ID to work or school everyday, why not carry it on paracord?

Weird

Basically, at this point, you accidentally bought 6 miles of paracord on a drunken Amazon shopping spree and you’re looking for any excuse to use the stuff.

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  • Flip flops – …sure.
  • Gear wrap – You’ll see a lot of paracord projects for making holders for your gear. Even gear that didn’t need a holder. Here are a couple of them:
    • Water bottle – I can see this being somewhat useful.
    • Multitool pouch – They come with sheaths. That are less bulky, more ergonomic…
    • Lighter – For when your lighter gets cold.
    • Flashlight – To hang it, maybe?
  • Bandolier – Ah yes, to replace my regular bandolier.
  • Wallet – If you get to the point where you need everything to be functional, including your wallet, just make a duct tape wallet.
  • Koozie – Because the world needs more koozies.
  • Steering wheel –

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  • Bookmark – You never know when you’ll be reading the latest Danielle Steele novel and need to tie something up.
  • iPhone cable wrap – I guess it keeps the cable from getting kinked.
  • Donut – No, not wrapping an actual donut. This one is actually useful because it keeps your paracord neat and manageable. Check out the video:

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Why Wearing a Paracord Bracelet Is a Good Idea…

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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:

Water:

  • 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.

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Food:

  • 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.

Shelter:

  • 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.

Clothing:  

  • 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.

Security:

  • 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.

First-aid:

  • 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.