Paracord Belts: Practical Accessories For Any Emergency
In a survival situation, you can never have too much rope. Rope can be used for building shelters, hanging wet clothes, securing food, and about a hundred thousand other things that you might need to do during an emergency. As such, you’ll want to be sure that you have some good sturdy rope in with the rest of your emergency supplies. However, rope can take up a lot of room, and can also weigh you down if you need to transport it anywhere. Luckily, there’s a way to get around these problems, and that is with paracord. More specifically, a paracord belt.
Paracord is a thin, light nylon kernmantle rope that can hold an impressive amount of weight. In fact paracord has been tested to be able to securely hold up to 550 lbs without fraying or breaking. It was designed to be used in parachuting (hence the name) during World War II, but has since found popularity among campers, hikers, and survival enthusiasts. The reason for this is that in addition to its strength, the cord is thin enough to weave into a variety of shapes. Survivalists have used paracord to make things like necklaces, bracelets, and yes, even belts. If woven properly, you’ll be able to turn 50-100 feet of high quality rope into a practical fashion accessory that can be unraveled at a few minutes notice, and used to help you survive. Making a paracord belt takes a little practice, but is actually not all that difficult once you get the hang of it. Of course, if you’re not feeling particularly crafty, you can also purchase paracord belts from online sites such as Amazon.com.
Once you’ve got your emergency rope stash (sash?) wrapped around your waist, the potential emergency-uses for it become infinite. For example, you could:
- Make a hammock
- Make a rope ladder
- make a rope litter (for dragging supplies or injured comrades)
- Build a raft
- Build an animal trap
- Bind a wound
- Make a tourniquet
- Replace shoe laces
- Secure a splint
- Attach items to your person
- Build a hunting bow
- Make a sling
- Make a fishing net
- Make a leash
- Use it for Climbing and rappelling
Not only can the belt be unwoven and cut into smaller pieces, but the rope itself can be further unraveled and used for:
- dental floss
- Starting a campfire (by making a fire drill bow)
So whether you’re an emergency preparedness nut, a survivalist, or just a person who doesn’t like to be caught unawares, do yourself a favor and make (or buy) a nice belt of paracord. If you make sure to keep some paracord belts in your emergency kits and food storage, the only real question you’ll have is this: How do you hold your pants up once you’ve turned your belt into a pile of survival rope?
Lee Flynn is a freelance writer interested in helping others develop self reliance through food storage.