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10 Things to Do with 10 Feet of Paracord

By Lexi from Ready Store
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Paracord is a useful type of rope made from nylon. It is known for being a strong utility rope, making it useful in survival situations. Many people associate paracord with survival bracelets or belts that can be unraveled and used in various situations. But few people have heard of a paracord grenade.

The paracord grenade is a survival kit that includes:

  • 10 feet of paracord
  • A carabiner
  • Fire starting tools: A fire starter striking blade, a ferro magnesium rod, and cotton tinder
  • Fishing gear: fishing J-hooks, fishing line leaders, a fishing line, sinkers, bubbles, and swivels
  • A sheet of aluminum foil

This kit packs a lot into a tiny space that can help you be prepared for multiple situations, particularly fishing and fires. But even better is that you can expand the uses of the kit by using the 10 feet of paracord for things outside of catching fishing and starting fires. Here are 10 more ideas for using the 10 feet of paracord in your grenade.

1. Lash a Lean-to

If you are out in the woods and need to make a shelter, paracord can come in handy. You can use the inner strands of your paracord to lash together a few branches and make a lean-to. You can start by tying together the top corners of your shelter to secure the frame and adding branches across to create a covering that will keep you warm and dry.

2. String a Bow

Paracord can be useful when hunting for food in the wild. Making your own bow can be easy when you use paracord as a string. Typically, your bow will be the length of the ground to your neck. The string you use should be 12 inches longer than your bow, so 10 feet of paracord will work perfectly. You can learn how to make your own bow here.

3. Set Up a Snare

If archery is not your specialty, there are other options for you. Instead of a bow, set up a snare to catch animals on the ground. By using 18 to 24 inches of the inner strands of your paracord, you can set up a simple snare by creating a noose to capture animals. Ten feet of cord allows you to set up multiple traps in different areas to increase your chances.

4. Make a Spear

You can make your own spear for hunting by using the cord from your kit to tie an arrowhead or knife onto a stick. You can do this by flattening out the stick with a knife and cutting in notches to make it easier to securely fasten the blade to the stick with your paracord.


5. Collect Water

Sometimes water may not always be available to you in a body of water like a river or a lake. However, if you are able to find water seeping from a rock or from the ground, you can use your paracord to collect the water. Place one end of the paracord in the water and the other end into your bottle. Make sure your bottle is lower than the water source so the water will drip into your bottle.

6. Build a Raft

Similar to the lean-to idea, you can use the inner strands of your paracord to lash together the corners of a raft and attach cross beams to create the surface. A securely fastened raft will allow you to float down a river or across a body of water with less risk of the raft falling apart. You may also have extra cord to make any necessary repairs while pout on the open sea.

7. Leave a Trail

This idea is simple, but if you are traveling through the woods or desert or other location where your sense of direction may be obscured, you can use your paracord to leave a trail for yourself to follow back out and not become lost. Tying your paracord or inner strands to tree branches and rocks along the way is much more reliable than bread crumbs.

8. Tie a Tourniquet

Injuries can be a common occurrence in the wild, ranging from scratches and bruises to life-threatening injuries where blood loss becomes a major concern. You can unwind your paracord grenade and use it to make a tourniquet to stop blood flow to your injury. Other paracord injury uses can include making a sling or securing a splint.

9. Sewing Kit

Your paracord grenade can double as a sewing kit. By using the inner strands of the paracord as thread and the fishing hooks as a needle, you can sew up tears in your clothing and repair holes in your backpack. Your supplies may be scarce in the wild and being able to repair the items that you do have can be essential to survival.

10. Fasten on Snowshoes

Paracord can be used to tie snowshoes to your feet. You can use branches with many shoots coming off of the main branch, like a pine bough, for the base of your shoe. tie the two ends of the bough together using your paracord. Then, you can wrap the remaining paracord under the branch and lace it through your shoes to fasten them onto your feet. You’re ready to waltz through the snow!

Paracord can be useful in multiple situations, and the paracord grenade expands those uses. You have a lot of survival necessities contained in one tiny pack that can go wherever you go. Ten feet of paracord can get you through a lot of situations and be used in many different ways to help you survive. What ideas do you have for using paracord?

9 years ago
9 years ago at 12:55 AM
Yeah, lot of things you can do with a bunch of screws too and a little dental floss.
Northwoods Cheryl
9 years ago at 8:11 AM
The "spear" was not made using paracord at all, not it's inner strands. It was made using the heavily waxed "Artificial Sinew" sold by many leather work tool companies. It would probably actually hold better than paracord because the waxy nature of it makes for an adhesive quality. Just sayin'...