Almost all preppers I know in Malaysia will own at least a few hanks of 550 paracords in their kit. Paracords compliments prepping in many ways. They are strong, has tonnes of uses, and relatively cheap. I carry paracords on a daily basis. The ones I carry may vary in length and color but I have them in my EDC pack, on my car keys, my body (wrist), on my shoes, my knives and just about any nook and corners that I can keep them.
Originally used as lines on parachutes for the military, paracords have so many uses it is limited only by your imagination. I used them extensively when I go camping in the jungle, carried them when I go backpacking and even have a full hank in my car! While it is popular as a tool to make traps and snares, I find them great for emergency clothes line, tying a hook to a long pole to harvest rambutans and even as a strapping line to keep things secure in the back of the pick-up truck.
There are inner strands of fibres inside the paracords that gives it the strength (see top picture). Thankfully I never had to disembowel my paracords this way. There’s plenty of paracord stock in my cache of gear. Anytime I get low on them, I just order some from Paraknott, my go to people for paracords and related accessories in Malaysia. Friendly and helpful team I rely on for my paracord needs.
A good friend who is also a survival expert once shared with me…
“If you look everything you wear and carry, you will see that everything is held together with a thread. Some form of cordage. If you are in the jungle and building a shelter, you will eventually need some form of cordage to hold everything together. Cordage plays an important part of any survival gear and it is often overlooked”
His statement made a lot of sense to me. Not only in an outdoor survival situation but also in an urban setting. You never know when a length of paracord can save the day. Hence, it is not surprising that paracord manufacturers come up with a whole variety of colors and designs to make it more ‘urban’ friendly and attractive. I personally like the neon color and multi color ones.
Preppers and prepping in Malaysia can breath easy, now that they can get the original Atwood 550 paracords locally. Folks at Paraknott stock a whole lot of paracords colors and design, so it is best you contact them directly to order. Visit Paraknott facebook page here for more information.