12 Days of Prepared-mas: Day 5

Okay moms and dads, this one will keep your young one busy for hours, maybe even days.  I know my youngest can work  through an entire Saturday if allowed.

Paracord – this extremely versatile product comes in premade designs and colors, and often you can find keychains, lanyards, bracelets, necklaces and more.  Have a favorite sports team or social cause? match your colors and embed an emblem in your gift.


Image from Survivalstraps.com

For those who are like my kids and enjoy the creative process of making these gifts, here is a page at instructables that can help you out:


For those who prefer to purchase the pre-made product, you can find them in just about every retail store these days, and a simple search on line will bring up a number of places online as well.

Here are a couple of my favorites:



I recommend only using military grade 550 paracord, other types might be prettier or cheaper, but they don’t have the strength of 550 and it won’t come in very handy for any survival type situation. What can you use 550 for?  here is a short list to get you thinking:

1: Boot laces
2: Lanyard to hold items (knife, keys etc)
3: Bow drill
4: Clothes line
5: Fishing line (from inner strands)
6: Tie tarp to trees
7: Belt for your trousers
8: Make a fishing net from inner strands
9: Emergency suture ( from inner strands)
10:Wrap knife handle
11: emergency snare (from one of the strands inside)
12: Headband/ hair tie
13: Bundling around firewood for easy carry
14: Pull cord for an engine (chainsaw, mower, generator)
15: Dog lead
16: Hang kettle/cooking pot over a fire
17: Emergency sewing thread (from inner strands)
18: Floss with the inner strands
19: Make into a net hammock
20: Improvise a sling

I hope you enjoy the many uses of paracord combined with a fashionable way to show your support for whatever you choose.  Merry Christmas!

Comments are always welcome