Paracord is definitely a do-all prep that is worth its weight in gold. Paracord can literally be used for thousands upon thousands of things, so having a nice hank of it handy is definitely a good thing. In this video we show you how to make a fast rope, which is essentially a length of rope which can be easily unwound for use. Having the paracord in a fast rope means that you have cordage at the ready when you need it, without having deal with a tangled mess.

I recommend making at least 2 or 3 of these fast ropes for each gear bag. We sell super high quality 8 strand paracord that is perfect for this kind of thing. All paracord is not created equal, so buying it from a reputable dealer is recommended.