Here’s a nice list of dozens of emergency uses for paracord. While cordage, in general, and other items like duct tape are useful to stock, nothing seems to be as versatile as 550 mil spec paracord. This is especially true for bug out bags and even vehicle kits. Here’s the first part of the post:
“Here are some of the more common uses for paracord we could think of, but the uses are really only limited by your imagination. Keep your eyes open for video demonstrations of the more complicated applications such as making snares and building a raft.
#1 First of all, one of the main questions we get is, “How do you hold up your pants after you’ve taken apart your PreparaCord Belt?” Well, after you take it apart, you should have 70 to 100 feet of paracord with which to form a makeshift belt or suspenders. (It’s best to use a simple knot like a square knot that can easily be undone when you need to pull down your pants. Suspenders are easier, because you just slide them off your shoulders to take off your pants.)
#2 Repair torn clothing with the internal strands which slide easily out of the kernmantle (casing). Use a makeshift needle or be sure to keep one in your first-aid kit.”