Paracord is a highly versatile multi-filament nylon cord with nearly unlimited uses, applications and benefits, and is pretty much a “must have” for preppers (or anyone!). It’s like the duct-tape of cord! Here are more details about this amazing cord and a good supplier here in the United States of U.S. Made Military 550 Paracord: […]
Paracord Zipper Pull Paracord has made its way into many avenues of my life. I am sure you can say the same of yours. This paracord zipper pull is so much more than what it appears to be. When we are talking about fixing a zipper its a great little tool. What this article teaches …
Beyond Paracord: 8 Other Cordage Types You Need to Know It’s no secret that 550 paracord is the most versatile cord you can include in your bug out bag. It should not be the only type of cordage that you consider, though. Many types or rope, cord, and wire exist for many different uses and are …
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80 Uses for Paracord: What Did I Miss? Paracord has so many uses. I have come up with 80 uses for paracord. If you know any more uses please, please, please comment and let me know. 1: Tie tarp to trees 2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc) 3: Emergency para cord wrist band, …
21 Situations Where Paracord Can Save Your Life There are simply hundreds of little things that can go awry on any given day. This is especially true following a SHTF event when resources are scarce and things are chaotic. When you begin to understand this, you realize that you cannot possibly carry every piece of … Continue reading 21 Situations Where Paracord Can Save Your Life!
You can get a Paracord bracelet with a compass, fire starter, fish hooks, fishing line and so on. Handy, but you only get anywhere from 10 to 12 feet of Paracord, but any length of cordage is better than none right. This is true, however, for a few bucks, you can get 50 to 100 feet that take up little space, and you do not have the fuss of trying to unwind the bracelet without cutting it when needed. Once you do unwind it, then you have to stuff the hooks, line, and compass somewhere else.
The bracelets do serve a purpose and a quality one is handy for those that do not or cannot carry and EDC kit with them daily. However, don’t be lulled into thinking a Paracord bracelet bulging with fishhooks and line is all you need for a hiking or other outdoor adventures. They are an emergency backup at the very most in our opinion and in some cases, the cheaper bracelets are simply cosmetic, but they do make you look like you are ready for anything.
Do you wear it all the time, or does it get in the way of working? If you work with your hands, a bracelet is not always a good idea. It can get caught on stuff, it gets dirty, sweaty, and wet, and then what, you take it off. Take it off and leave it somewhere to dry. Oh my, where oh where did I leave it this time.
A Paracord belt is one option, and you can get up to 100 feet of cord that is worn like any belt. If you’re ingenious, you can attach survival gear to the belt with Ranger bands or stitch some fishing line or make a pouch to put small items in and attach to the belt.
Simply carry Paracord wrapped around something to keep it controlled, and make it easy to unwind whatever amount you need without uncoiling all you have.
The point is that you know you need Paracord or some other quality cordage, and you want it as uncomplicated as possible. How to carry or store is always a problem, but there are staples that must always be in your survival pack or on your person.
Complicated techniques and gear are ok when playing around in the backyard or experimenting in a controlled environment, but once out in the field, you want uncomplicated gear and tools. Your hands may be wet or cold, you will be stressed and scared even, and so your gear needs to be simple and easy to handle under any conditions.
You do not want to be fiddling with a bracelet trying to get some cordage to secure your tarp when the lightening is flickering and the thunder is booming in your ears. If you have unwound bracelets in the past, then you know the time it takes, and some of you will be able to do it without any problems, while others may not be so lucky.
Wear a quality bracelet, but know the limitations and your own limitations, and never rely on just one item or piece of gear, and remember the more complicated it is, the worse it may end up being for you.
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Four Badass Paracord Knots You Should Know Paracord is a preppers best friend. It can hold up to 550 lbs of weight and when split can be used for fishing and other preparedness projects. It is worth it’s weight in gold! Today, I have been looking for knot articles and I found a great website …
I have always been fascinated with how survivalist, campers, hikers etc. were able to tuck their survival gear inside a military style wool blanket and then turn it into a pack that can be carried in multiple ways. I have personally had a wool blanket like the one in the video for a very long time and just used a basic roll to attach it to my pack.
A wool blanket can be used in multiple ways. The most obvious is a way to keep warm by fashioning it into a sleeping bag. It can also be used as a coat/poncho, a back pack, a lean to, an insulated cushioned seat, cordage or even a water filter. (Note: As a water filter that simply means to filter out debris, not diseases or parasites that may lurk in the water.)
In the video posted below, produced by BlackOracle69, he will show us all how to easily roll and tie down a compact pack using only the blanket. The items he rolls into the back are your very basic needs. A tarp shelter, a cooking pot and fire starter, some dry socks, a bandana, a light, para-cord, and a hammock. He shows the placement of each item and how to fold a pocket to keep things you might need, such as a fire starter or dry socks, accessible without undoing the blanket.
I hope you enjoy the video and please feel free to leave comments below.
Number of speakers: 1 (blackoracle69)
Duration: 9 min 28 sec
This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com What is paracord? Paracord is often cited as an essential item in a prepper’s tool box. It is a lightweight nylon cord that was used for parachutes in World War II. It is … Continue reading
One of the benefits of archery is that in the long run, it’s not a very expensive hobby. Unlike firearms, you don’t need to spend an arm and a leg on ammunition to maintain your proficiency. And since bows aren’t as loud or destructive as firearms, there’s a good chance that you won’t need to pay to visit an archery range unless you live in the city. Your backyard would be sufficient for that.
However, there can be some steep up front costs. Still not as bad as the cost of a firearm in most cases, but a really high quality bow can you set you back. If you’re just starting to get interested in archery and you’re not sure if you want to commit to those costs, check out the video below. It’ll show you how to make a very powerful and effective bow with little more than PVC, paracord, and driveway markers.
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If you’ve ever browsed a survival site or read a book about survivalism, you’ve no doubt heard of paracord. There are countless articles about it, and it’s considered a staple in any bug out bag. But if you’ve never used it yourself, you might be wondering what the […]
The Complete Guide to Paracord I’m sure you’ve all bought paracord at one point or another, but do you know the differences in the types of paracord out there? Do you know which is best for fooling around with to practice in your garden versus the ones that are best for survival situations (the real, …
By Gaye Levy – Backdoor Survival
My love affair with paracord continues. Not only is it strong and useful for a myriad of tasks, it is colorful and fun to work with while making bracelets, key fobs, belts and other goodies. I am not the only one that feels this way.
Simply enter the term “paracord” into a search engine and you will be presented with thousands of articles covering everything from what it is, how it is used, where to buy it, and more. It seems like everyone has a stake in the paracord love-fest with preppers leading the pack!
What Exactly is Paracord?
Here at Backdoor Survival, I first wrote about paracord in 2012. I described it this way:
About the author:
Gaye Levy started Backdoor Survival so that she could share her angst and concern about our deteriorating economy and its impact on ordinary, middle-class folks. She also wanted to become a prepper of the highest order and to share her knowledge as she learned it along the way. On Backdoor Survival you will find survival and preparedness tools and tips for creating a self-reliant lifestyle through thoughtful prepping and optimism.
To read more from Gaye, visit her website, Backdoor Survival. You can also follow Gaye on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest or purchase her eBook, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage on Amazon.com.
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Most preppers have so many things on their wishlist that it may seem like only those with a lot of spare money can manage it. Starting out, most of us have bought cheap items, not realizing just how low-quality they really were.
You don’t have to be a victim of cheap and poor quality survival gear and supplies — not when your life could depend on it!
Each of these prepper gifts is under $20, but the are still solid quality items, not cheap dime-store items.
These items are a solid foundation of items to get started, or a great round of upgrades for anyone who has been preparing just a bit longer. They are also a great place to get kids started. I still remember getting my first pocket knife (a knife I still own) as a kid, and my eldest loves his new mess kit.
Food and Water
1. Herb Terrarium – Small, portable, easy to use, and herbs are good for both cooking and (sometimes) herbal medicine. What’s not to love?
2. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter – The LifeStraw is only for one person, but provides water immediately, no fire or anything else needed. It’s easy enough that even very young children can safely use one.
3. Mess kit – In addition to the standard bowl, cup, and utensils, this kit has a small cutting board and container for spices. My teenage Scout loves having the spice shaker.
5. WAPI (WAter Pasteurization Indicator) – Tiny, effective, and a great way to purify water, the WAPI makes a great addition to any emergency kit. It is roughly the same amount of work for a cup of water or a big pot full of water.
6. Dryer balls and / or soapnuts – Dryer balls last for years. Once you have a set, you don’t need to buy dryer sheets again. Soapnuts don’t last nearly that long, but they are an all-natural, easily portable alternative to “regular” laundry detergent.
7. (Small) Emergency kit: mylar blanket, meds from home (small container with six to ten tablets each of ibuprofin, headache tablets, and antihistimine), water bottle, food, water tablets, trash bag, fleece blanket – This combination covers the most basic immediate needs in an emergency. Having a mylar and fleece blanket may seem redundant, but it will be softer and warmer than either one alone possibly could be.
(Note: Some items are in a multi-pack but you only need to include one in the kit.)
8. Flash drive – Use one just to store copies of all your critical documents (that’s a plural you – everyone you are responsible for, whether that’s your family or another group) and any other important files you need, such as .pdfs or even copies of e-books.
9. Solar flashlight or UVPaqlite – Batteries die, and we run out of them. Everyone, prepper or not, should have at least one flashlight (prefably a few) that does not rely on batteries. These are both great options.
(Note: The solar flashlight here is over $20, but it’s for a two pack, making each one under $20.)
10. Crackle Finish Zippo Lighter – Sure, you can buy a lighter for $0.99 in the check out line, but can you rely on it? When it counts? This is the classic Zippo lighter. It’s refillable, with a lifetime “fix it free” warranty, and Made in the USA.
Health and First Aid
13. Breathe Healthy Face Mask – Face masks can be hard to breathe in, but the Breathe Healthy face mask is different. The fabric (tons of fun choices for kids and adults) has an anti-microbial coating that kills germs, but it still breathes well. I have personally worn them for four hours straight on multiple occasions with no difficulty.
14. Essential Oils – This is a huge, potentially complicated topic, but it’s easy to get started with a few essential oils. Four Thieves is a popular choice for fighting off illnesses. Depending on personal needs, Muscle Relief, Anxiety Ease, or Breathe Easier might be good choices. Lavender and Tea Tree are also popular first choices. (I used Young Living oils for years and recommend them. However, I’ve recently discovered Edens Garden and they are excellent with lower prices.)
15. QuikClot – It’s small, unlikely to ever be needed, but if it is, it could save a life. Isn’t that worth under $20 and a little space in the glove compartment?
Camping and Outdoors
16. 2 Pack Edible Wilderness and Wilderness Survival Playing Cards – It’s easy to overlook the importance of entertainment, but a good set of playing cards can be a sanity-saver in an emergency of any size, even if it’s just to distract you while you wait to be seen in an emergency room. Having all those tips and that information just makes it that much easier to survive and thrive in a real wilderness survival situation.
17. Fixed Blade and whetstone – As great as pocket knives are, a longer fixed blade is better for some tasks. For example, a pocket knife is great for whittling the point on a stick for campfire cooking, but food can get stuck in the folding hinge and that’s potentially just all kinds of bad news. But a dull knife can be a danger and a frustration, so add a good whetstone or sharpening kit to help you sharpen it. (Pocket knives need one too.)
18. Pocket knife and sheath – A good pocket knife can help with cooking (sticks for food), entertainment (whittling), medicine (cauterizing – OK, I wouldn’t really recommend that), and all kinds of things. Fixed blades come with sheathes. Pocket knives don’t, but you still need one. It makes it easier and safer to carry one.
19. Therm-a-Rest RidgeRest SOLite Sleeping Pad (Small, Silver/Sage) – This is a definite upgrade from the cheap big box store sleeping pads, but is not prohibitively expensive.
20. Wood splitting wedge – A simple tool, a solid wood splitting wedge massively speeds up splitting wood for fires or drying out (to use later for fires).
Paracord and the Endless Uses!
Highlander “Survival & Tech Preps”
Today on Tech Preps we will talk about the various para-cord and what we can use it for. This little bit of technology has served us well for many years as a must have in anyone’s kit. There are so many uses paracord that I do not really know where to begin.
I have various forms of this in my kit, my vehicle that I carry with me everywhere. I will go over how it is made, the various types, strengths, and uses. Paracord or “cordage” as it is referred to in the prepper and bush crafting community is one of the best things to have besides a knife and food in the woods. We will talk about why you should have this on you, in your pack, on a knife, in your vehicle and the best kind to buy.
There are a lot of spin offs out there so you can be fooled very easily about the type and quality you might need. I will also talk about some new stuff that is hitting the market called firecord, this is a great thing to have in any bush crafter or bugout bag. The firecord not only has strength of paracord but also has the ability to create tinder within the paracord core itself, so I will discuss this and show photos of this stuff in action.
I will discuss what I use it for and maybe give you some tips as to what you can use it for and how to store it. I will also give a few tips on how to maintain paracord and it various knots to try to fashion to keep it from slipping on you in load bearing situations. As always we will be taking questions from the chat and taking calls from the audience.
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