A Paracord Bracelet Should Be on Every Prepper’s Wrist


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paracord bracelet infographicToday I’ll be talking about a MUST HAVE product for preppers, survivalists, and outdoor enthusiasts which is a paracord bracelet.

If you’re into prepping at all, I would be quite surprised if you’ve never heard of a survival rope bracelet before. For the sake of being thorough, let’s assume that some of you out there may not have heard about these before so I’ll take a minute and explain exactly what they are.

A paracord survival bracelet is simply a bracelet that is made out of a material called 550 paracord. I actually have an article on my website that explains exactly what this 550 cord is and talks about another very handy use for this type of rope. I suggest you take a minute and read my article called Why You Should Replace Your Boot Laces With 550 Paracord if you haven’t done so already.

Why I Believe That All Preppers Should Wear a Paracord Bracelet

Prepping is really all about doing everything we can to prepare ourselves for whatever survival situation we may find ourselves placed in. One of the most useful items that you can have with you in a survival situation is cordage (i.e. rope, twine, or string).

These handy little survival bracelets are typically woven from about 10 feet (may vary slightly depending on the size of the bracelet) of parachute cord. The primary reason that they were invented in the first place is so that in an emergency situation, if you find yourself in need of some cordage, you can simply untie the bracelet and have some instantly available that you can use for whatever purpose you see fit.

example of 550 paracord

By Rawkhopper (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Okay here’s a little bit of a math question for you. If a typical parachute cord bracelet is made from approximately 10 feet of cord, how much rope is in a survival bracelet? How much cordage would you have available to use in an emergency if you were to actually wear a 550 cord bracelet? If your answer is 10 feet, I’m afraid you’re wrong.

In all fairness, this is a little bit of a trick question. Let me explain why this answer would be incorrect. The answer lies in the way that 550 paracord is actually designed. This type of rope consists of a woven outer sheath that typically contains seven inner strands. These inner strands are actually made up of three even thinner strands that are twisted together. Confusing? If it is, just take a look at this photograph and it will make much more sense to you.

So, now that you know that there is more than meets the eye when it comes to 550 paracord, let’s really do the math to find out how much cordage you would actually have to work with.

  • 1 woven hollow outer sheath = 10′
  • 7 inner strands = 70′ (7 strands that are each 10′ long)
  • 21 strands that are twisted together in groups of three to make up the 7 inner strands = 210′ (21 twisted strands x 10′)

This means that there is a grand total of 290 feet of cordage in each of these little parachute cord bracelets! Pretty impressive, right? Well, hold on for a minute; I’m not done just yet. If you really wanted to get the maximum amount of cordage out of one of these gadgets, you could actually unravel the outer core which in commercially manufactured parachute cord is made up of 32 really thin strands.

Now that I’ve broken it down for you, you can see why I recommend that all preppers purchase and wear a 550 paracord bracelet. They’re not expensive and as a matter of fact you can purchase them for as little as $5.00 online. If you’re worried about style, you need not because these bracelets are actually quite fashionable and they come in virtually every color in the rainbow. Many of them even have multiple colors woven together.

If you don’t own one of these paracord bracelets, I highly suggest that you buy one right away and get in the habit of actually wearing it. After all, it won’t be of much use to you if you ever find yourself in a survival situation and you don’t have it with you.

I’d Love to Hear From You!

I’d love to hear from those of you who end up reading this article. How many of you own and wear one of these? You can answer by leaving a comment in the box below.

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  1. Nevero says:

    My girlfriend actually bought me one of these for Christmas and if you can believe it, I already had to use it. I was on a day hike and one of my shoelaces broke. Since my shoelace was broken, it was really hard to hike and my shoe kept falling off. That is until I remembered that I had my survival bracelet on. Within about five minutes, I untied it and cut myself a new shoelace out of it. It worked perfectly and I was so glad that I had it with me. When I told my girlfriend that I had to use it already, she was very happy that her gift was so useful to me and she went right out and bought me a replacement! I love these things!

    I had no idea that I could get so much string out of one though. Thanks for bringing this to my attention in your article!

    • Patty Hahne says:

      Hi Nevero,

      That’s a great example of why I recommend these so much! Thanks for your comment!

  2. Serenabit says:

    I highly recommend that readers consider making their own paracord bracelets. I was hiking with my family 3 years ago and realized that in an emergency not even a helicopter would have access to us and I had no cordage, or way to make fire. That night I learned how to make my own bracelet and in addition to 20′ of 7 strand 550 paracord I wove in 80′ of mono line filament fishing line, 18′ Jute Twine, 4′ Stainless steel wire, 3 Barbed Fish hooks on leaders, 4 lead weights, 3 bait spinners, an Exacto Blade, and a ferro cerium rod fire starter.

    While I have never needed to use this yet, I feel a lot more confident when we go hiking now. I made one for each family member, and I keep a spare bracelet in my truck. They are comfortable to wear, don’t take up any space, and ensure that you have anything you need in a SHTF situation.

    • Patty Hahne says:

      Great idea! I know that a lot of people do make their own but not all people have the skills to do this. Whether you make your own or you buy one, the main point to remember is to actually wear it.

      Thanks for your comment!

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