Paracord bracelets are quickly becoming a fashion trend. What was once used as a supplementary survival item by firefighters and servicemen, these bracelets are now a must have for outdoor adventurers. If you don’t own one, you might be wondering how a bracelet made of parachute cord could have gotten so popular. Here are ways you can make full use of a paracord bracelet in the wild:
If you are lost and food is not something you can access by swiping your credit card, unravel your bracelet to create a bow and arrow which you can use to hunt furry little creatures. By using a sharp knife and a flexible yet hardy twig, you can build your own bow. For arrows, gather many pieces of tree shoots and scavenge for bird feathers.
Set up Traps
If your aim is not that great, maybe your patience is. Another way to catch your breakfast in the wilderness is to set up a trap. Use a section of your bracelet for triggers and snare nooses. Furthermore, the inner strands of the strap can be used as the string of a Paiute Deadfall.
After the trap is set up, you can focus on other productive activities that will keep you alive while you wait.
Not Your Ideal Fishing Expedition
It may take a while before your trap catches something so in the meantime, use another part of the 550 cord for fishing. By attaching a sharp hook and bait into a strand of the bracelet, you just might have a chance of grilling seafood for dinner.
Bow-and-drill Friction Fire
As soon as the sun sets, getting a fire going is very important whether you have something for dinner or not. Aside from keeping you warm, fire can be the only thing standing between you and a starving predator.
Twist two strands of cord around each other to create your bowstring, and gather dry softwoods as your drill and board to get a fire roaring in no time.
In the great outdoors, the elements increase your chance of obtaining an injury. In case of an open wound, use a section of your bracelet as a tourniquet and strap it on the wrist or leg of the injured person to control severe bleeding.
If you do not want to spend the night sleeping on a tree branch, you can make use of your 550 cord to quickly set up a shelter. Gather branches and long leaves and lash them together using a part of your bracelet. Having 15-20 feet of cord will insure that you do not have to worry about the size of your humble abode. You can reclaim the cord when morning comes and you are ready to move on.
What was once used as a practical method to carry supplementary cord by soldiers and firefighters, paracord bracelets are now being used by countless outdoor adventurers. By using different parts of the strap to create improvised equipment for food, shelter, and emergency situations, a 550 cord can be the difference between life and death.