Looking for the best survival cordage and rope? There are dozens of different uses of rope in survival, learning more about them is more than worth it.
Types of Survival Cordage
- Natural Rope
- Blank Line
- Natural Strings
- Mule Tape
In this article, we cover different types of rope and their uses so you know which one to use in a survival situation. We’re also going to talk about how to make rope in the wild with materials like bark and grass.
Important of Cordage
You might be wondering, why is rope is important in survival?
There are dozens of uses for rope and cord, especially in the wild.
Natural Rope vs Synthetic Rope
It’s important to know the specific materials of the tools you use, starting with the cordage fiber.
Synthetic rope isn’t as versatile as natural ropes.
Synthetic cordage still has it’s placed and is worth carrying in your kit or bag if you have a spare room.
Just know that the fibers in synthetics tend to break down after a while in wilderness environments.
Natural cordage is much easier to use in the wild and lasts much longer.
There are multiple types of rope for your bug-out bag that are the most beneficial for long-lasting and long-term use.
These ropes are all multi-functional and are reliable to use when you need to. Not only will they serve you well in short term excursions, but they will last and function just like new in the long term as well.
Paracord, or parachute cord, is the most popular cordage rope that preppers use. It has dozens, if not hundreds of different uses, and for a good reason.
You can go here to make your own paracord survival bracelets.
You’d be surprised how many natural materials you can use for rope. There are a number of different natural strings that are accessible in the wilderness, similar to natural rope materials. Once you learn how to make cordage in the wild, you’ll always have it.
You can make rope from grass. Here’s a tutorial video.
Here’s how to make cordage from bark.
Survival Lilly has a good video on how to make cordage from natural materials.
Bank line is black twine. It’s very strong and also cheap. Don’t let the cheap part fool you. It’s definitely a strong material. It has it’s place. Some use it more than others.
Watch this video on bank line to see if you’re better off getting a different material.
Webbing is a durable and strong fabric. It varies in width and fibers. Like the other cordages in this guide, webbing is versatile and is used as rope in many activities like climbing and parachuting.
There are different types of webbing. This video shows you a comparison of different webbing fabrics.
Mule tape is a polyester material. The tension on the material is distributed across in a wide and flat profile. One of the features of mule tape is the sequential footage and meter markers that are labeled along the tape.
Best Survival Cordage
So what is the best survival cordage?
Like most supplies for surviving, it depends on your situation and what you need it for.
This video walks you through different types of cordage for your bug-out bag.
When packing cordage for your survival kits or camping trips, any of these types of survival cordage will do you justice. Paracord is one of the more popular and reliable ropes.
If you forget to bring some on your next camping trip or you run out, now you know how to make rope in the wilderness as well.
We hope this article helped you learn how to make survival cordage and the uses of rope in survival. You may also want to see our guide on DIY paracord projects and how to make DIY survival paracord bracelets.