The myriad uses of Paracord are well known, especially for survivalists and preppers. From making an animal snare to weaving a hammock to rigging a tarp for an emergency shelter, Paracord has no equal. Paracord also has a well-deserved place in a vehicle’s tool kit or just-in-case bag. Here are five reasons to stash a coil of Paracord somewhere in your truck.

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This product has a 100 percent nylon sheath. PARACORD PLANET

If you’re hauling gear or cargo on a roof rack, a receiver hitch rack, or a pickup bed, Paracord works well as a tie down. It’s easy to knot, easy to untie, and it takes up much less room in your vehicle than the same length of rope.

Great Value

This product is amazingly strong for its diameter. PARACORD PLANET

What’s known as 550 Paracord has a breaking strength of 550 pounds, but there are many other strengths of Paracord, including some that is rated at well over a ton. That makes it suitable for emergency towing, or getting yourself or someone else out of a jam. Double or quadruple it up, attaching to towing points, and get out of that mud, sand, or snow.

Ideal for Emergencies

The inner strand on this product is color coded and waterproof. Live Fire Gear

You can have all sorts of emergency fire-making equipment with you, but unless you have tinder, you won’t be able to make heat, light, warmth, or a signal. Some Paracord types have a cord that’s specially designed to serve as tinder. Simply strip it away from the rest of the cords, pile it up, and set a spark or flame to it.

Easy to Use

This product is ideal for building snares. Titan Paracord

If you’ve ever had a broken battery terminal connector or hose clamp when far from home or any auto parts store, Paracord with a wire strand can save you an expensive towing job. Simply strip the wire away from the rest of the strands with a knife.

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You can use this material to build an emergency shelter. TOUGH-GRID

Forgot your dog lead or leash? Cut a hunk of Paracord to size. Forgot your gun cleaning kit? Cut a length of Paracord one a half times the length of your bun barrel and strip out a cord or cords to fit the bore if necessary. Tie a small rag to one end (or make one out of paracord strands), drop the other end down the breech and through the muzzle, and pull through. Forgot your wading belt? Cut a doubled section long enough to go around your waist.