Having a fully stocked bug out bag is a key factor in surviving a society coup or natural disaster. Your bug out bag should contain everything you need to survive during stressful times for several days, possibly even weeks. Most people know the bag needs to includes food, a way to purify drinking water, and some sort of shelter. The item they often forget to tuck into the bug out bag is a good length of high quality rope. Here’s a list of compelling reasons a good rope will be one of the most important items in your bug out bag.
You don’t know what the topography of the area you’re going to find yourself in will be. If you find yourself in a spot that has lots hills or steep inclines, the safest way for to navigate them is by rappelling down them. Not only does rappelling allow you to move faster, but there’s also less chance of you sustaining a serious injury if you repel instead of trying to walk down the incline. When you choose a nylon rope for your bug out bag, you need to make sure it’s strong enough to hold both your weight and the weight of all your survival gear.
If something happens to the fuel and flints you tucked into your bug out bag, your nylon rope will become your best shot at getting a fire started. You just need to focus on creating a bow and drill fire. This is one of the first methods used by man for starting fires, and it’s just as reliable now as it was thousands of years ago. Slip a piece of the driest wood you can find into a bow you’ve made with your rope and rotate the wood as fast as you can. It takes a little time, but the friction of the wood rubbing against rope will create a spark and your kindling will burn.
Building a Shelter
On its own, your rope isn’t much of a shelter, but without it, you’ll find getting undercover difficult. The best example of how a simple rope can give you shelter is tying it between two tree branches and flipping a tarp over it. It’s instant protection from the elements.
If you get hurt, you’ll find your rope to be a huge help in your first aid attempts. You can use bits of your rope to do everything from creating a sling to holding bandages in place. If you’re bleeding, it can be used as a tourniquet. If the wound is really bad, you can shred a bit of the rope and use the individual fibers to stitch the injury.
The food you packed in your bug out bag will only be enough to provide you with a few days sustenance. There are a variety of different ways you can use your length of rope to keep you from starving. It can be used to:
- Create the bow part of a bow and arrow set
- Construct a snare
- Build a makeshift fishing line
These are just a few examples of how a long length of nylon rope will help you survive in a disaster. If the worst happens and you find yourself relying solely on your bug out bag to survive, you’ll experience many more instances when your rope becomes an important tool.
When you’re shopping for rope, there are tons of options to choose from. For the multifunctional use, opt for a parachute cord. It’s lightweight, making it easy for you to carry and a great deal stronger than it looks. The sheath contains seven to nine different strands that have been woven together for extra strength. Good parachute cord can hold up to 550 pounds without breaking, more than enough to support your weight if you need to rappel to the bottom of a ravine. The trick is to make sure you’re stocking your bug out bag with real, military grade parachute cord and not a low quality, weaker imitation.
What are some other ways you could use rope in a survival situation? Do you have parachute cord in your bug out bag?