Paracord Uses

Although initially manufactured specifically for the United States Military in World War II, Paracord has become extraordinarily popular for use by many different types of people with many different types projects.  Its small diameter, typically around 1/8th or 5/32nd of an inch, mold and mildew resistance, exceptional break strength, often in excess of 550 pounds,  economical price and broad availability make Paracord an ideal type of rope or cord to use for many, many purposes.

We prefer “real” MilSpec Paracord manufactured to the strict specifications of MilSpec C-5040H, rather than the inconsistent manufacturing standards for commercial paracord.

Military Specification C-5040H



Download your own copy of MIL-C-5040H here.



Here are some of the uses for Paracord that we’ve come to learn about, although this list is, no doubt, far from complete: 

Clothesline     Secure luggage or gear     Lashing or whipping     Shoe and boot laces
Sandal strap     Emergency stitches     Start a fire    Bow drill    Tourniquet
Grips on knife, ax, hatchet, saw     Rifle sling     Support a tent or lean-to
Holder strap for eyeglasses or sunglasses     Zipper pull     Tie bundles of twigs or branches
Learn to tie knots     Binoculars strap     Whistle lanyard     Flashlight lanyard
Pull out a loose tooth     Make a perimeter fence     Make a net
Tie beer together to submerge for cooling     Tie a door open or closed
Hang a sign     Fish stringer     Tie a label onto a suitcase or luggage     Phone case
Macrame projects     Bottle holder     Bracelets     Key fobs     Keychains
Self-defense weapon     Mark off “wet paint” area     Dog collar     Dog leash
Dog run line     Sew on a button or clothes     Dental floss     Tie a fly for fishing
Snare or trap     Fishing line or trotline     Repair wicker furniture     Necklace
Secure electrical or electronic cords together     Crabbing     Tie or lash boats together
String Christmas lights or other decorative lights     Tie or lash boats to the dock
Tie climbing vines to trellis     Tie an inner tube raft together     Rescue gear for ice or lakes
Tie surfboard to ankle bracelet     Attach water bottle to backpack or belt
Parachute cord for parachute     Sling or splint for injured limb     Restring baseball glove
“soft patch” repair on hose or Pipe     String cans together for an Alarm
String “Just Married” cans together and tie to a car     Wind chimes
Suspend food out of reach from Animals     Tie trash can lid to the trash can
Hang a bicycle in the garage     Hang a pickup topper or canoe in the garage
Strap for purse or bag     Attach boat bumpers to a boat     Basketball hoop net
Tie car trunk open or closed     Snowshoes     Flag halyard line     Hammock
Hang a bird feeder     Pull dead tree branches down from a tree     Fencing
Bundle firewood together     Drag timber out of the woods     Throwing line
Secure a boat anchor     Lacing lamellar armor     Fly a kite     Hang a pinata
Groomsmen “survival pack” gift     Mark off a “newly seeded” lawn
Tie computer and printer cables together     Tie extension cords together
Hang tools in the garage     Secure antenna to roof of house
Mark off “wet concrete” areaTie hanks of paracord to prevent Tangling
Hang rolls of duct tape in garage     Fish wires through pipe or Conduit
Cat toy     Tie shutters open or closed     Tie bbq cover onto bbq grill
Tie Picnic Table umbrella closed     Hang a picture     Tie groups of folding chairs Together
Tie up rolls of carpet     Pull a toboggan or sled     Tie bales of hay
Tie a rolled yoga mat     “Redneck” suspenders     Tie bundles of clothing together
Tie goose or duck decoys together or to a weight     Hang grill brush to bbq grill

We think these are activities where Paracord would come in handy:

Scuba diving     All terrain vehicles     Fishing     Camping     Backpacking
Boating, canoeing, rafting     Hiking     Deer and elk camps     Picnics
Painting a house or building     Arts and crafts     School Projects     Household moving

Here are some of the people we know who use Paracord:

Hobbyists     Law enforcement personnel     Military personnel
National Guard     Military Reservists     Paramilitary personnel
Emergency Medical Services     EMT’s     Paramedics
First Response personnel     Firefighters     Survivalists     Landscapers
Bicyclists     Warehouse personnel     Logging and lumber personnel
Roofers     Home builders     Surfers     Road and street construction
Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts     Household movers     Truckers
Farmers and Ranchers     Students     Teachers

These are some of the places where paracord could be kept on hand:

Garages     Home “miscellaneous” drawer     Survival “bug out” bag
Fishing Tackle boxes     Ammo box     Camping box     Backpack
Car and truck trunks     Glove boxes     Boat

And we’re SURE that you can think of MORE!

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