Did you know paracord was used by astronauts to repair the Hubble Space Telescope? Paracord has many uses in crafts as well as survival. See our paracord tutorials here. Some other survival uses are:
Firestarter:If you melt the cut ends of your paracord (which is a great way to keep it from unraveling), you already know the material is somewhat flammable. Whether your cord is made from nylon or polyester, both of these plastics will burn. Also, though it’s engineered to reduce exterior friction, paracord can still make a suitable bow string for the bow and drill fire-starting method.
Survival Bow: Paracord makes a good survival bow string and other improvised archery gear.
Animal Trap: You can use a solid 550 cord strand on snare nooses and triggers. You can also remove the inner cord strands and use it for smaller trap parts, like the string on a Paiute deadfall trigger mechanism.
Building a Shelter: Whether you forget to pack your tent guy line, or you are improvising a tarp shelter from a scrap of parachute or sail cloth, this strong cord will help you build a dependable structure. From lashing poles together to using it as guy line, this rope works well in most conditions.
Hauling: The "550" means it can hold 550 pounds at its maximum capacity. That's an incredible hauling capacity, for carrying out prey, firewood, or supplies.
Trip Wire: Use the inner threads of your survival paracord to tie together tin cans or anything that makes sounds and fasten it tightly between trees on the perimeter of your camp.
Tourniquet, Split, or Sling: Paracord has multi-uses for First Aid.