In this article, we cover the 6 types of survival cordage and rope and their uses so you know which one to use in a survival situation.
Here's What We Cover In This Post
Types of Survival Cordage
- Natural Rope
- Blank Line
- Natural Strings
- Mule Tape
Natural Rope vs Synthetic Rope
Synthetic rope isn’t as versatile as natural ropes.
Synthetic cordage still has it’s place and is worth carrying in your kit or bag if you have 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.
The 6 Types of Cordage For Your Bug-Out Bag
There are six types of rope 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 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.
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.
There are a number of different natural strings that are accessible in the wilderness, similar to natural rope materials.
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 being one of the more popular and reliable ropes.
Which type of rope do you use in most cases?
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