Paracord survival bracelets are one of the most convenient survival tools you can own.
Paracord is a multi-functional material, able to assist you in all kinds of potential survival scenarios. It is especially great for survival situations as it is lightweight, while still being strong enough to help you build shelters and carry equipment. Many paracord bracelets will feature a minimum breaking strength, usually of 550lbs, which means it can help you with a variety of difficult tasks.
If you want to get your hands on paracord without the bracelet, then Armory Survival offers a high-strength choice for you here.
In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the best uses for a paracord survival bracelet, but bear in mind that these bracelets offer way more than five uses if you use your imagination! These are some of my personal favorite uses, and, as with any good survival equipment, their multi-purpose design will save you precious time and energy when you need it the most.
So, without further ado, here are my top five uses for a paracord survival bracelet (in no particular order)…
1. Make a Shelter
If you find yourself stuck without a way to secure your shelter, or you need to create one using natural materials, paracord will be your best friend.
This makes our list because of how important shelter is to survival. It is essential that you have somewhere to stay warm and rest your head at night, and it’s amazing how a paracord survival bracelet wrapped around your wrist can help you have just that.
Many paracord bracelets will feature relatively long cord, ranging from between 7 to 20 feet, which should be ideal for helping you to tie down most shelters, or tie materials together.
Another great way to use paracord when building or fixing a shelter is to pull out the core of the 550 cord. This will give you plenty of strands to work with, to help tie up different parts of the shelter where necessary.
2. Setting Traps
When faced with a survival situation, your protection is paramount, and that’s why knowing how to set a trap is a crucial skill to have. Paracord can be of great assistance if you need to do this and could be life-saving if the threats are particularly dangerous.
Regardless of what you need to set a trap for, using paracord is an excellent place to start. It can be useful for building snare nooses and triggers, and the inner strands of the paracord work well for setting smaller traps. You can even create simple traps that will be well hidden, due to the camouflage colors often used for paracord survival bracelets. Tripwire style traps are an effective way to hinder potential enemies, and they help to save you some time when you need it.
3. Fishing Line
Using a strand of the paracord rope can give you an increased chance of hooking a fish if you find yourself near water. If you have bait on hand, then paracord works particularly well in murky conditions, due to its disguisable colors.
This is one of my personal favorite uses, as often I wouldn’t say I like to carry fishing equipment in my bug-out bag or survival backpack. I find fishing lines can be bulky at times, so having a sharp hook and my paracord bracelet makes my backpack lighter and works just as well during critical times.
While you might not hook the juiciest, biggest fish, paracord can help you to secure a less fussy fish, such as a catfish, and anything you can get is essential during a survival situation.
4. Fixing Gear
One of the best, most multi-functional uses for a paracord survival bracelet, and paracord in particular, is how it can help you to fix equipment easily and conveniently.
You can’t always anticipate your survival gear breaking or getting damaged, so having paracord on hand is a must. If your backpack strap has snapped, or you find a hole in your tent, paracord is a great way to stitch it up and keep things running smoothly.
Whatever you find needs fixing, paracord should likely do the trick. However, it’s also excellent for keeping your gear secure when you’re on the go. Some survivalists even use the cord as a lanyard to keep small, essential items within easy reach, which will also free up space in your pockets.
While arguably the overriding purpose of a survival bracelet is to give you cord at your disposal, many paracord survival bracelets will feature extra functions to give you the best chance of staying safe.
One particular function you’ll commonly find in these bracelets is a small compass. Compasses are, of course, essential to any survivalist’s toolkit, but having one available on your wrist at all times provides a whole new level of convenience.
While we can’t guarantee that these compasses will be high-quality and detailed, it’s always reassuring to have one on hand, and this will come in especially useful if you leave your survival compass at home, or lose it along the way.
A paracord survival bracelet will make a great addition to your survival gear, and, with its many uses, is more than just a cool-looking gadget.
If you’re interested in the best survival bracelets on the market right now, head on over to Survival Front for an in-depth look at my top choices.
This blog post was written by Terry Daine over at Survival Front. Terry Daine is a former Royal Marines Commando, enthusiastic about all things survival-related. Terry created Survival Front, to bring you the best survival product reviews, and to help you improve your survival preparation, with quality guides and expert insights. You can also follow Survival Front on Facebook, to stay updated with all of the latest articles.’