Five Reasons a Rope Should Be in Your Survival Kit

Many people all over the world have taken it upon themselves to prepare for a natural disaster or societal upheaval. They assemble survival kits with the latest gear and gadgets in preparation for this catastrophe, but one of the most crucial items is often left out. That item is a high quality nylon rope. Here are just a few of the most common uses for nylon rope in a survival situation.


Tent StrapsBuilding Shelters

A simple tent can be made by tying a rope between two trees, folding a tarp over the rope, then securing the corners down with tent stakes. Larger and more elaborate types of structures can be created with logs and lashings made from the nylon rope.



Traversing hilly or mountainous terrain can be problematic when carrying loads of survival gear. A strong rope will allow you to rappel down steep hills and mountainsides. Before adding the rope to your survival pack, make sure that it is capable of supporting the weight of you and your gear.


Procuring Food

There are several ways to turn a rope into a tool for hunting or trapping animals for food. A snare trap can be constructed with rope and a thin sapling. Making a bow and arrow out of the rope and a curved tree branch is another option. Finally, the rope could be unraveled into thin stands that can be used as fishing line.


First Aid Applications

A rope can be used to secure bandages to a wound, sling a broken arm, or serve as a tourniquet. It can even be unraveled into threads and used to stitch up wounds. The items designed for these functions will take up space in your survival pack, but a few extra feet of rope will not add much bulk at all.


Starting Fires

By constructing a bow out of wood and rope, you can make use of a tedious but reliable fire starting method that requires neither fuel nor flints. The bow and drill fire starting method is one of the oldest ones around. Fortunately, it is just as effective today as it was thousands of years ago. It essentially works by rotating one piece of wood against another at high speed, mechanically aided by the use of the bow. The friction produced will ignite the kindling.


It’s hard to believe that a simple item like nylon rope can have so many uses in a survival situation. It is truly an item that no survival pack is complete without. Someday, it could save your life in a number of ways.


Author Bio:

Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that usually writes about home and family issues. She is a mother of one and spends her free time exploring the outdoors with her family.

7 thoughts on “Five Reasons a Rope Should Be in Your Survival Kit

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  • August 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Not all ropes are the same. There really isn't a catch all rope. Paracord is great fit general use and is light and small but had limitations as well. Be aware of what your rope can do before you use it.
    In other words, if you need to lift something heavy, you may need something besides paracord.

  • August 1, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    A rope is so handy, even if you're not in a survival situation. But for sure, you would want one. Wouldn't the paracord take the place of a rope? It's lighter and more easily carried?

  • February 26, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    Rope is definitely a must have for survival gear kits and I'm glad you suggested it. My only hesitation would be if there was enough room to fit it in but after your post I'm convinced it's a necessity.

  • February 7, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    I'm going to add a printed knot guide to my kit as well, as an app on my smartphone.

  • January 30, 2014 at 12:13 am

    This is a great point and I think that every survival kit should have one for sure!

  • January 26, 2014 at 6:10 am

    Are they saying natural rope or synthetic ?


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