Emergency Uses for Paracord

Please refer to the Paracord colour chart on the Paracord page for colour choices. 

Neon and reflective (glow in the dark) are more expensive.

Gray and Blue - R110.00
(exc ICE tag & engraving)
Sizes: Standard adult size is 8' / 24.5cm
Other sizes to order on discussion
This is a Survival buckle which includes
a whistle,
flint for fire starting,
compass and a small serrated
for cutting cord


  • First of all, one of the main questions we get is, "How do you hold up your pants after you've taken apart your PreparaCord Belt?" Well, after you take it apart, you should have 70 to 100 feet of paracord with which to form a makeshift belt or suspenders. (It's best to use a simple knot like a square knot that can easily be undone when you need to pull down your pants. Suspenders are easier, because you just slide them off your shoulders to take off your pants.)
  • Rig a makeshift tow rope. A single length of paracord has been tested to handle 550 lbs (250 kg) of weight, so wrap it securely 10 times and you have the ability to pull 5500 lbs (2494 kg).
  • Securely tie down items to the top of a vehicle, or to protect them from a wind-storm.
  • String up a clothes line. Wet clothes are uncomfortable when you’re camping and dangerous when you’re trying to survive.
  • Hang a bear bag to keep your food away from critters. This is good whether you’re camping or roughing it in the woods.
  • Replace your shoe laces. Just burn the ends and thread them through.
  • Replace a broken Zipper pull or use it as dental floss. Pull out the internal strands and keep up your hygiene even in the woods, or to get that pesky piece of meat out from between your teeth.
  • Tie things to your backpack with it so you can carry more stuff hands free.
  • Secure an animal to a tree or post, or make a leash.
  • Tie up a person or string up a trip wire to protect an area. Rig it with bells, or cans or make a fancier trap.
  • Lower an object very carefully down from a height.
  • Rig a pulley system to lift a heavy object.
  • Make a ladder to get up or down.
  • Tie up a tarp or poncho to make an awning to keep off sun or rain.
  • If you’re hiking in a place where there is danger of avalanche tie yourself to your buddy so you can find each other should one of you get caught under snow.
  • Tie objects you're likely to drop around your wrist, ankle, or waist.
  • Make a pack by first making a netting then adding a draw-string.
  • Make a fish stringer. If you’ve just pulled the strings out to make fishing line, the remaining kernmantle (the colored sheath) would be strong enough to hold fish. Otherwise just cut a length and tie through the gills.
  • Secure your boat or raft. Make a net out of the internal strands…if you have some time on your hands.
  • Make a tourniquet to slow loss of blood.

... and much more