Bug Out Bag Supplies: Emergency Rope Review 

 August 5, 2021

By  Mike Millerson

What is it?

Paracord is also known as parachute cord, or 550 cord when referring to type III. The first use of paracord was for the US military as suspension lines for parachutes during WWII.

It is now used as a strong general-purpose utility cord and is used by many campers, hikers and survivalists. Many people choose to weave it into a bracelet or necklace and then use as a wearable lightweight and functional piece of equipment with a ton of different applications.

This type III paracord is rated to 550 pounds, which makes it good for many heavy-duty applications. The cord is made up of seven nylon strands that are woven together. Each strand is individually made up of three smaller strands, which is why the rope is called type III. The seven inner strands are protected by 32 strand woven outer sheath. Paracord Planet uses commercial grade nylon for the materials.

What makes it so great?

Paracord has become an essential item for bug out bags because it is durable and has so many uses and applications. You can remove the sheath and pull apart the inner strands to get even more use out of the cord. When you take it apart, the strength rating of 550 pounds is no longer applicable. However, the sheath and 7 inner strands can be used for thousands of applications. The inner strands have a tensile strength of 50 lbs. each and the sheath has a tensile strength of 200 lbs. The outer sheath can be used for things such as bootlaces and tie-downs. The 7 inner strands can be used for sewing fishing line, nets, shelters, snares, traps, and more.

This is a static rope, meaning it will not stretch when loaded down with weight. The minimum break strength of 550 pounds is for a static load and should not be used in applications that require excessive force to be applied to the rope.


  • Comes in over 100 different color options
  • Rated to minimum break strength of 550 lbs.
  • 32 strand protective sheath
  • 7 inner nylon strands made up of 3 individual strands each
  • Diameter of 1/8′ or 4mm
  • Less that 1 lb. per 100 ft. of cord
  • Will not rot or mildew
  • Available in lengths of 10, 20, 25, 50, and 100 ft.


This rope is great for many heavy-duty applications, but is not meant for rock climbing or rappelling and should not be relied upon for body weight bearing purposes. Typically, type III paracord that is made for the military has an identifying color thread inside the sheath. This paracord does not have that identifier, which means that it was not made specifically for military purposes.

Should My Bug Out Bag Have It?

550 paracord around is a great tool that can help you in thousands of different ways. Whether you are hiking or camping or just adding it to your bail out bag gear, it is important to have. It is lightweight and barely noticeable when wearing. Paracord can be used in normal applications as well as emergency situations. For camping and hiking, I use paracord every night to hang my bear bag in a tree. I have also used it as a laundry line to dry clothes, to hang stuff in my tent, and to do quick gear repairs on the run. Durable 550 paracord is an extremely useful piece of equipment that everyone should have.

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A former USA Army sergeant and a highly educated survivalist and prepper with a degree and interest in Engineering and Electronics, Mike Millerson applies his extensive expertise in survivalism, homesteading, backpacking, hiking and hunting, spreading his deep knowledge about handling emergencies and prepping for them reasonably and effectively.

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