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83 Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You

There are plenty of uses for paracord–and in this post, we have listed 83 of them! If you are wondering what a paracord is for to begin with, you’re in the right place to start learning. Paracord survival bracelets are essential to every preppers’ kit, especially when there is a need to improvise gear and weapons. But of course, there are also creative uses for paracord. Check out our list and learn a ton of paracord hacks!

Uses for Paracord Every Prepper Should Know

1. Tying Tarp to Trees

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Paracord is even sturdier than rope and it’s always a great piece of gear to have on hand when you need to secure a tarp for your shelter.

2. Lanyard to Hold Items

There are plenty of lanyard projects for paracord, owing to the great flexibility and versatility of the material. A paracord lanyard provides easy access to your essential items while on the go. Grab some paracord here.

3. Emergency Paracord Wristband

Having a paracord wrist band is like carrying around an amazing multi-purpose tool, ready to be used anytime, anywhere. It’s not just a mere accessory—it’s truly a must-have for any prepper and survivalist. Grab our favorite paracord bracelet, the Firekable, here!

4. Emergency Snare

If you get hungry out in the wilderness, use one of the strands inside the paracord to trap food. What's even better, it can trap human foes as well.

5. Fishing Line

You can also catch fish using the inner strands of your parachute cord. If you have a fishing hook and a rod, whether ready-made or improvised, you're ready to get some food.

6. Boot Laces

This is one of the many ways to bring along lots of paracord without anybody knowing. Boots can hold long stretches of cordage. Of course, you don't want to walk barefoot after using some of the paracord, so you can try a new trick: double lacing. Check out my favorite Life Laces, perfect for paracord-loving survivalists.

7. Floss with the Inner Strands

Floss with the Inner Strands | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
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In survival scenarios, personal hygiene might be sacrificed for more important things. But who says you can't keep your teeth clean? Just cut up the outer shell of the paracord and you can use the strands to remove the food and plaque between teeth. Even when SHTF, remember to keep an eye on your dental hygiene!

8. Dog Leash

Preppers and survivalists who love dogs will definitely enjoy working on this project. I mean, who would expect to have yards and yards of paracord from a dog leash?

9. Emergency Suture from Inner Strands

Serious injuries can happen anytime, anywhere. Add some paracord to your first aid kit because it might help in closing cuts or wounds. Take a first aid course to learn how to suture wounds and you'll have an easier time of it when it happens!

10. Wrap Knife Handle

Sometimes knife handles break from hard use. But don’t worry because any prepper knows you may use the paracord as a substitute. A paracord handle makes the knife easier to hold. You can also make a loop at the end of the handle for an added handling option.

Check out a brutal paracord knife here!

11. Bow Drill

Making fire with friction is primitive but effective and of course, you can use a paracord to do this! A bow drill can help you make a fire faster and better than using your hands, especially if you're not used to making a fire from scratch. We wouldn’t think twice about packing a bunch of paracord survival bracelets in our gear.

12. Clothes Line

Drying clothes may become difficult when you have bugged out. However, stalking around the wild in dirty clothes can also cause disease, so don't ignore your laundry. Set up a clothesline using paracord and you will have warm, fresh and dry clothes. You can also set up a paracord clothesline at home if you like.

13. Improvised Seats in the Wild

With a paracord, you can set up an improvised seat by lashing a long log horizontally to two trees. We've been doing this for a long time with ropes but using a paracord is just as good, too. You can rest after a long day of hunting and gathering.

14. Emergency Repair for Sails

A torn sail, while you’re sailing or canoeing at sea, can spell disaster. Leave the cursing and blaming behind and mend that sail with paracord so that you can keep going.

15. Belt for Trousers

Belt for Trousers | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
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This is probably one of the most popular paracord projects. A belt is a great way to store and bring along a huge volume of cordage. It also looks pretty fly. Just because society has crumbled and everything is anarchy doesn't mean you should let your fashion sense go.

16. Hanging a Kettle Over Fire

Outdoor cooking is easier with paracord. Simply use it to hang your kettle or pot over the fire. You can also build a campfire crane with the help of this super useful cordage.

17. Emergency Sewing Thread

There are so many strong and tough threads inside a parachute cord. You can use them to sew things together if you run out of thread.

18. Making a Fishing Net

And you thought fishing with paracord only meant using it as a line for your hook and rod. But that’s not all: you can also fabricate a fishing net from the strands.

19. Making a Hammock

These days a hammock is not only good for a cool nap. It can be used as a temporary dwelling when you bug out. If you've already made a net, you can use that as a hammock instead.

20. Improvise a Sling

Use a paracord sling to make bundling and carrying cargo easier. A paracord sling has another benefit, which is having cordage available to you anytime you need it.

21. Hobble Animals

Hobble Animals | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You

Prevent animals from straying by using paracords as hobbles.

22. Perimeter Tripwires

A trip wire gives you a sense of security when you have camped out in a strange place. Use a paracord to connect tin cans or anything that makes noise to create a tripwire. You can rest easy knowing that you will get a warning if there is an intruder.

23. Watch Strap

A paracord watch strap should be on every prepper's wrist, aside from paracord survival bracelets, of course. You can make one or buy one, and you will not regret it.

24. Rigging Up a Quick Bow Stringer

It is dangerous to string your bow without any stringer. If you have been into archery for some time, you know exactly what we mean. It's always a good idea to have some paracord with you, like when you forget to bring your stringer.

Stock up on arrows for your compound bow right here!

25. Marking Trail

It's easy to get lost in the wilderness. But with a paracord, you can easily mark your trail. Simply unwind your paracord bracelet then tie it around tree trunks and other visible spots in the area.

26. Carry Gear on Your Back

Preppers and survivalists must know how to improvise gears. With a paracord, you can make a makeshift rucksack to carry your things.

27. A Platypus Hose Cleaner (by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through)

A Platypus Hose Cleaner (by tying granny knots in it and pulling it through) | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
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Hoses collect dirt as time goes by, not only on the outside but also on the inside. That mud, grease, or dirt will clog up the hose. Plus, they make the hose look disgusting. Get your paracord, tie granny knots in it, and pull it through that dirty hose.

28. Tying House Keys

With all the distractions kids are dealing with, they often tend to forget the more important things. Make key holders from paracords and tie them to your child's wrist or favorite bag.

29. Emergency Tow Rope

It's a fact of life that things break down sooner or later, and that includes your vehicle. If you don't have a tow rope when your car is not working, your bundle of 550 cord or 600 cord will come in handy. Admittedly, you need several strands, but it is surprising what a few together will hold!

30. Pulley Line

It doesn't take a genius to figure out that moving large chunks of wood demands lots of physical exertion. Factor in a hill and the problem only gets worse. But a pulley line made from paracord will make the work much lighter.

31. A Standby Strop

Stropping is a quick and easy way to keep the edges of your razors or blades sharp. And you can use a paracord for this. By stropping, you are maintaining as well as extending the life of your tools.

32. Skipping Rope for Kids (needs a heavy knot in middle)

Give the children a fun activity. Skipping rope is a great way for them to exercise and maybe divert their attention from the aftermath of a disaster. You can even join in if you like!

33. Hanging Mesh Frames in the Greenhouse

Be creative with your homesteading garden. With a mesh made from paracord, you don't need to buy a wire trellis anymore.

34. Bear Bag

Bear Bag | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
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Keep bears away from your food. Hang your food supplies on a tree branch up high and keep those grizzlies at bay.

35. Rudimentary Swing for Kids

The children will get bored when you have camped out for some time. The parachute cord is strong enough to make a swing for the kids. Set up one and you'll keep the kids happy.

36. Securing Rolled Items

Rolling items like clothes can maximize space in a backpack. But you might need extra help to keep the items tightly rolled. Of course, you can secure them with a paracord.

37. Abseiling Down a Cliff

When you don't have a rope with you, a paracord can take its place. Just make sure you have enough and you know the proper way of rappelling.

38. Headband or Hair Tie

This paracord hack will keep the ladies looking nice and neat. Of course, the guys with long hair will also benefit from paracord hair tie.

39. Bundling Firewood

Carrying firewood back to camp is a daunting task. Bundle them together with your 550 cord and it becomes a piece of cake.

40. Dragging Things with a Sled

Dragging Things with a Sled | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You

Walking with a heavy load when it’s snowing can make movement impossible. Your feet will only sink deeper with every step. It is better to put your cargo on a sled and drag it along with paracord than carrying all that weight on your back.

41. Hanging a Light on the Latrine

Finding the toilet in the dark is a difficult, if not disastrous, proposition. Make it easier for yourself by setting up a light near the latrine. And paracord is very helpful in setting up that light.

42. Replace a Snapped Pull String

It's so frustrating when a light is difficult to turn on because the pull string is missing. Paracords make a great replacement.

43. Improvise a Fuse

Did the fuse burn up on your oil lantern? Not a problem. Paracord burns great and can be used to make an improvised fuse.

44. Hanging Home Decor

When bugging out, you might need to improvise a little when it comes to home decor. Paracord is strong enough to keep mirrors and other large, heavy objects suspended.

45. Strap Wrench

Use a paracord to make a rudimentary pulley system like a strap wrench for moving heavy weights.

46. Halter for Horses

If you're in need of horse tackle, don't fret. Paracord can be used to produce a makeshift knotted halter.

47: Improvised Bore Snake

Improvised Bore Snake | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
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Cleaning your weapons can be tricky without the proper equipment. Once again, it's paracord to the rescue. Improvise a bore snake from paracord to clean your firearms.

48. Making a Tire Swing

As previously mentioned, it's easy for kids to get bored in a bug out situation. Have them help you make a tire swing out of paracord. Doing the project itself provides hours of entertainment and once the tire swing is done, they’ll be occupied all the same.

49. Hanging Your Hammock

We mentioned earlier that you can make a hammock with paracords. But even if you already have a hammock of your own, paracords still come in handy when it's time to hang it.

50. Strap for Whistles

An emergency whistle is important to have in a disaster situation or when bugging out with a group. Make sure you have a whistle on you at all times with this paracord hack.

51. Pull Cord for Chainsaw

This is just another way paracords can help you in your woodworking projects or when building a shelter.

52. Pull Cord for Boat Engine

It can be nerve wrecking when you're out on the water and need to repair your boat. Sailors and boaters should always have a spool of paracord nearby in case of emergencies.

53. Pull Cord for Lawn Mowers

Without a pull cord, that lawnmower is just a very large, expensive paperweight. Use a paracord and save money on costly repairs.

54. Emergency Tourniquet

Emergency Tourniquet | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
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If you're injured or suffering from heavy bleeding, and you can't get to a hospital immediately, make a tourniquet from a paracord as a last resort.

55. Tying Rucksacks When Traveling

When traveling with a lot of gear, it can be easy to drop or lose track of what you're carrying. Tying it all down with paracord can keep your cargo in place and accounted for.

56. Replacing a Drawstring Cord

Keep the items in your rucksack secure with this quick and easy paracord fix.

57. Tent Guy Lines

Tie paracords between two trees to construct a tube tent. With just a few materials, you can create a makeshift shelter while you're bugging out.

58. Make a Monkey Fist

A monkey fist is an effective self-defense tool when you don't have other weapons on hand. If you find yourself without a weapon in the wilderness, remember that you still have your paracord! A monkey fist is a simple bludgeoning weapon made of a cord with a weight tied to an end. It's pretty much a flail you can put in your pocket. You can make a monkey fist with your paracord and a weighted ball or a perfectly rounded rock. In no time at all, you'll have a self-defense weapon in your pocket.

Make your own monkey fist with this custom jig!

59. Securing Rucksacks When Buckles Break

Need to make your rucksack more secure? Tie down the lid with a paracord and keep your items in place.

60. Improvised Stretcher

Improvised Stretcher | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
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Make an improvised stretcher with paracords by lashing poles together and making a net. In an emergency medical situation, this project could literally be a lifesaver.

61. Making a Shelter

Lash poles together to set up a temporary shelter. Make sure your shelter can withstand the elements by securing it with strong 550 cord.

62: Hunting Spear

When you need to hunt, lash a blade to a long pole to create a spear. Improvised weapons are great for hunting in the wild, especially when you don't have traditional weapons on hand. Paracord is perfect for constructing a spear.

63. Wrapping a Mini Maglite Handle for Grip

No need to worry about your flashlight slipping out of your hands when you've got a paracord grip!

64. Lowering Packs Down Cliff Edges

Lowering cargo down a cliff can be a precarious situation but your trusty paracord will help you get the job done.

65: Handcuffs for Bad Guys

When tied correctly, you can be sure that these makeshift handcuffs will keep your captive from escaping or turning on you.

66. Entertainment During Stressful Times

In a survival situation, it's important to take some time to relax and let your mind wander. Tying and untying paracord knots is a great way to unwind (no pun intended). Plus, you get to practice tying knots, so you know exactly what to do when you actually need them.

Here's another way to stay entertained in a bug out situation.

67. Zipper Pull

Zipper Pull | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
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A broken zipper is one inconvenience you don't want to deal with in a survival situation. Use paracord to remedy a broken zipper pull.

68. Making a Ladder

A ladder isn't exactly practical to carry with you in your bug out bag. But paracords and some sticks or boards make a perfect makeshift one.

69. Hanging Kills in Rucksacks

There's nothing more frustrating as a hunter than having your kill stolen overnight by predators. Paracord can help you hang it out of their reach.

70. Mooring Your Boat to a Dock

Keep your boat safe and secure by using paracord to dock it.

71. Replacing a Broken Water Ski Rope

Sure, this might not be a “survival” necessity. But on your next trip to the lake, you won't have to worry about broken ski ropes if you've got paracord handy.

72. Tie Life-saving Knots

A paracord is easy to manipulate, so it's great to learn to tie basic and more advanced knots. Once you learn the basics of tying the knots, you can start working with a thicker, heavier rope.

73. Collecting Water

Using a paracord, tie a knot and place it inside a plastic bottle. Hang it on a rock or damp surface and the water will collect on the cord and drip into the bottle.

74. Climbing a Tree

Wrap a paracord around a tree to use as a grip. It’ll make it easier for you to climb the tree.

75. Making Snowshoes

Making Snowshoes | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You

Keep your feet warm and dry with these improvised paracord snowshoes.

76. Sling to Hunt Small Animals

Hunting and trapping are much easier when you've got plenty of paracord on hand.

77. Creating a Bullwhip

A paracord bullwhip like the one pictured above is fun to play around with. You can also use it for self-defense when needed.

78. Creating Trotlines when Fishing

When you're bugging out and hungry, you'll be glad you brought some paracord along to help you catch your next meal.

79. Create a Gill Net for Fishing

If you didn't pack a fishing net, don't worry. As long as you brought some paracord along, you can construct your own.

80. Making a Stronger Cord

Making a Stronger Cord | Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You
Photo by Its Tactical

The great thing about paracords is that they’re so versatile. If one strand isn't strong enough for your needs, weave multiple strands together to make a sturdy rope.

81. Hilt Grip

Swords and blades can get really hard to hold, especially when your handles have smoothed out from use. To remedy that, wrap your paracord around the hilt to produce a DIY hilt grip. This gives you a better grip on your blade, and prevents accidental slipping.

82. Tow Rope

Vehicle bogged down in the mud and you don't have a tow rope? You have paracords! Weave several cords together and make a sturdy tow rope. Tie one end on your car and pull it from a tree trunk and you'll get your car out in no time.

What this video from EverydayTacticalVids for more uses for paracord tips:

Who would’ve thought there are nearly a hundred uses for paracord? The time you need to bug out or just go camping in the wild, make sure you have a handful of survival bracelet supplies. You’ll never know when you might need them.

What other uses for paracord do you know? Share them with us in the comments!

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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on February 17, 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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Homemade Weapons You Can DIY To Awaken Your Inner Caveman

Learn to make your own homemade weapons so you’ll have a fighting chance in a survival situation where all you have is nature.

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How to Make Homemade Weapons

Why Should You Learn to Make Homemade Weapons?

Let’s say you got lost in the wild, and you somehow forgot or lost your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT (or whichever is the best survival knife for you). What do you do?

While your situation is most likely not quite as bad as Tom Hanks had it in Castaway, let’s face it. The only way you’re gonna get out of this situation in good shape is to let out your inner caveman.

Let me explain. Our very primitive ancestors lived in a time when every day was a survival situation. Any tools or weapons they needed had to be made from scratch.

So, should you be unlucky enough to have only the shirt on your back while you’re lost in the wilderness, you’ll have to follow suit. Let the training of your inner caveman begin.

Today’s lesson: how to make DIY weapons in the wild with only the resources nature provided you.

How to Make a Knife | Homemade Weapons

Having a knife, any kind of knife is probably one of the best things to happen should you suddenly find yourself in a survival situation. You can use it to help you find food, build a shelter, and defend yourself against wild animals.

So it’s highly fortunate nature is waiting like a momma at a craft table with lots of materials you can use to create one.

1. Stone Knives

Bone, shell, bamboo, wood, or even an old aluminum beer can may work to perform the puncturing function of a blade. You know you’ve seen these a million times when you’re out hiking.

They’re easy to crack or break or shape into a fairly sharp point which will do in a pinch. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to use a chicken bone or an expertly-shaped aluminum can point to skin, chop, baton, or any of the other necessary functions of a survival knife.

This is where the stone comes into play. I’ll start by saying making a knife out of stone isn’t easy, but it can be done.

You’ll need three things: a core rock, a hammerstone, and a pressure flaker. Remember, you’re going to be smashing these together in true caveman fashion.

So, having stones you can reasonably grip in each hand is going to make your life a lot easier. Although, it’s definitely an option to stand poised over one rock smashing down on it.

You, with a two-hand grip, pounding until you’ve chipped away at it a bit. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

2. The Core Rock

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The core rock is what you’ll be making into a blade. Find any large stone, preferably made from obsidian, slate, chert, or flint with a relatively flat side.

In case you weren’t a rock collector in any of your previous lives, here’s another way to decide if a rock meets the requirements for good knife-making material. Tap or click a rock together with another rock and listen for a ringing sound (like glass).

The more rock sounds like glass, the better it is as a material for your core rock. If you can, choose a rock which is already a bit sharp to reduce the amount of time you’ll need to shape it.

3. The Hammerstone

The hammerstone is a medium-sized, spherical rock, preferably made of granite. It will be used to smash, chisel, chip and shape the core rock.

You’ll be using it to chip off pieces of the core stone and to narrow the edges to a blade shape.

RELATED: How To Keep Your Edge | Knife Sharpener

4. The Pressure Flaker

The pressure flaker, or flaking tool, is a rock with a sharp point to help you refine the blade’s edges. You’ll use your flaking tool after you’ve thinned the edges of the stone with the hammer stone to make the “blade” sharper.

When you start making your knife, you’ll want to be sure to wet the core stone to shorten the time it takes to shape it into a blade. Begin by striking glancing blows near the edge of the core rock with the hammerstone.

Chip away at the core rock until you get the general shape of a blade. Then, use the flaking tool to refine the edges you need to sharpen.

You can also use a stone with a rough surface such as a sandstone to sharpen the edge. Use some rope, cloth, or leather to lash the base and create a handle.

If you are having troubling shaping the rock into a knife, you can opt to create stone blades instead. Check out the videos below to learn how:

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How to Make a Spear | Homemade Weapons

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We’ve talked about how to make a spear using your best survival knife in a previous article. The same principle applies here.

Even without your Cold Steel Leatherneck Tanto 39LSFT or whichever survival knife you normally bring with you, you can still make a spear using your newly made stone knife. To make a spear, you’ll need to find a five-foot-long stick tough enough to endure repeated short or long-distance throws.

  1. First, pick the end of the stick which has a more rounded tip and use your stone knife to start shaving to create a spear. Once you’re done, be sure to heat the spear over some hot coals to make your spear sharper.
  2. As an alternative, you can also make a spear by tying your knife onto a stick. Find a stick which is about an inch wide.
  3. Measure about 2 inches from one end of the stick. Mark the point, then split the stick into two until you reach the 2-inch mark, creating a sort of Y shape.
  4. This will create a space where you can stick your stone knife before you lash it on with some twine, cord, or rope. To lock the blade in place, put some moss or lichen in the remaining space.
  5. If you haven’t had time to fashion your knife out of stone yet, you can also use broken pieces of shell or glass or splintered bamboo or bone and secure it to the end of your stick.
  6. If you find a way to split your stick without a knife, you can insert the splintered bone or bamboo into the wedge and tie it off like you would when turning a knife into a spear.

How to Make a Weighted Club | Homemade Weapons

While sharp pointy tools are all well and good, you can never go wrong with a blunt homemade weapon. You can use it for hammering or bludgeoning something such as a weighted club.

The weighted club could be one of the deadliest ancient weapons. To make one, you’ll need the following: a piece of wood around 14-16 inches, a medium-sized rock, and some rope.

  1. Once you have all the materials, you’ll need to wrap some lashing 6-8 inches from the end of the stick.
  2. Split the same end until you reach the lashing in order to create a V-shaped notch. The rock you picked out should be shorter than the length of the split.
  3. Insert the stone then lash it securely (above, below, and across the stone). The lashing on the stick above the stone clamps both sides of the split together providing the first point of security, so it’s especially important to create a good, tight lashing above the stone.
  4. You’ll want to make sure you bind the split ends securely so the stone won’t fall off whenever you use it to hammer or pound on something.

This video from Wannabe Bushcrafter will show you how to make a bamboo knife:

Now, hopefully, you never find yourself in a situation where making homemade weapons is going to be a necessity for survival. But, if you do find yourself in such a quagmire, this little bit of information and inner caveman training may be what saves your life.

Which of these homemade weapons do you want to make? Tell us your progress in the comments section below!

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5 Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

Know these home remedies for chigger bites, or better yet, avoid the bug's bites in the first place with helpful tips included here!

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In this article:

  1. What Is a Chigger, Exactly?
  2. Where Do Chiggers Live?
  3. Identifying Chiggers Bites
  4. Home Remedies for Chigger Bites
  5. Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

Home Remedies For Chigger Bites

What Is a Chigger, Exactly?

Chiggers are members of the arachnid family. They are extremely tiny, and my guess is you won’t even see them as they jump from the tall grass onto your skin and/or clothing.

Adult chiggers are about 1/60 of an inch and have eight legs. The larvae are red, wingless, six-legged creatures which measure less than 1/150 of an inch.

Because of their red color, you might be able to spot the larvae when they cluster together, especially on white clothing.

What Is the Arachnid Family? It is a large group or class of invertebrate animals where the spiders and scorpions belong.

Where Do Chiggers Live?

Chiggers reside in tall weeds and grass, berry patches, and wooded areas. They could be in your backyard, by the lake, or your favorite hiking trail.

They are most active in summer and fall afternoons – the warmest part of the day.

Identifying Chiggers Bites

Only the larvae bite humans and they tend to choose warm, moist areas of the body.

Chiggers also have claws which help them grab onto your skin. The chigger then attaches its mouth to the skin and injects saliva.

The saliva contains an enzyme which breaks skin cells down to liquid form. Your body responds by hardening skin cells around the saliva, creating a tube (cyclostome) through which the chigger sucks the dissolved skin cells.

Chiggers can stay attached and feeding for several days before falling off.

When the chigger falls off, you are left with reddish bumps. You may notice a bright red dot in the center—this is a remnant of the tube your skin formed in response to the chigger's saliva.

The bumps may look like welts, blisters, pimples, or hives. Bites generally appear in groups and get larger for several days to a week.

While many insects bite exposed skin which is easy to get to, chiggers like to bite in folds of skin as well as places where clothing fits tightly on the skin. Most chigger bites occur around the ankles, waist, armpits, crotch, or behind the knees.

Home Remedies for Chigger Bites

Just remember, no matter what, DO NOT SCRATCH THE BITES! I know, easier said than done. But, breaking the skin on a chigger bite can lead to infection.

Here are 5 home remedies to help with the itching and swelling.

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1. Vicks Vapor Rub

Vicks Vapor Rub can put an end to itchy chigger bites immediately and will even reduce the risk of blisters. It’s the cooling menthol in it which relieves itching by affecting itch receptors in the skin.


  • Take a hot shower (use antibacterial soap.) Pat dry your skin with a soft towel.
  • Take a small amount of the vapor rub and add some table salt to it.
  • Mix well and apply to the affected area.
  • Repeat if the swelling continues (otherwise, there is no need to repeat the process)

2. Cold Compress

A cold compress can help reduce the itching associated with chigger bites. Its numbing effect helps reduce the sensation of itchiness.


  • Wrap some ice cubes in a thin cloth.
  • Apply the compress to the bites for 10 minutes. Repeat if needed to relieve itching.

3. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another effective remedy to reduce rashes as well as itchiness. It acts as a natural acid neutralizer which helps relieve itching and reduces the risk of infection.


  • Add 1 cup of baking soda to a bathtub filled with cool water.
  • Stir well and soak in this water for 15 minutes and pat your skin with a soft towel. (Do this once daily)

Another remedy using baking soda:

  • Prepare a thin paste of 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a little water.
  • Apply the paste on the affected areas and leave it on for about 10 minutes.
  • Rinse it off with cool water.

Note: Do not use this remedy more than once or twice a day. Never use baking soda on broken skin or open wounds.

4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains anti-irritating, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties providing instant relief from itching–one of the common symptoms of chigger bites. It is recommended to use colloidal oatmeal, meaning oats which are ground into an extremely fine powder.

(You can accomplish this yourself by grinding regular oats in a sealed Ziploc bag, using the backside of a spoon to crush the oatmeal.)


  • Add 1 cup of colloidal oatmeal to a bathtub filled with warm water
  • Stir thoroughly
  • Soak in this mixture for at least 15-20 minutes
  • Repeat 2-3 times a day

5. Olive Oil

Olive oil can also be used to get relief from the irritation and inflammation. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants which reduce itching and facilitate healing.


  • After rinsing the affected area with water, apply olive oil to the chigger bite.
  • Reapply several times a day.

Another option using olive oil:

  • Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and apply on the affected area.
  • Repeat a few times a day.

Tips to Avoid Chigger Bites and Chigger Bites Infection

As summer and fall are prime time for chigger bites, it is best to take the following precautions:

  1. When hiking, stay in the center of the trail and avoid brushing up against vegetation.
  2. Wear long sleeves and long pants when going into the woods.
  3. Apply mosquito repellent on your hands, feet, and exposed skin on your arms before going outside.
  4. Shower immediately after being outdoors and use antibacterial soap.
  5. Wash your clothes in hot water.
  6. Resist the urge to scratch because breaking the skin on chigger bites can lead to a possible infection.

This video from Online Pest Control will show you tips to avoid chiggers and ways to get rid of chiggers:

Chigger bites much like other insect bites aren't only discomforting, they can be dangerous too. Many of these insects including chiggers carry diseases in some cases.

The best way to deal with these bugs is to avoid them or control them with our tips here. But, if you're so unlucky, you also now know the best home remedies to chigger bites!

Have you had to deal with chigger bites before? Tell us how, including more useful tips which worked for you in the comments section below!

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9 Good Reasons To Carry A “Survival Stick”

Arm yourself with a survival stick, get savvy with it, but first, find out why as you read on!

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In this article:

  1. Survival Hiking Stick
  2. Survival Stick for Support
  3. Fetching/Reaching Things
  4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense
  5. Balance
  6. Gauging Depth
  7. Carrying Gear and Supplies
  8. Club
  9. Fishing Rod

Survival Stick: An Underrated Multipurpose Tool?

The Survival Stick in History

A walking stick or a survival cane were popular in the 17th and 18th centuries as a decorative show of power and a defensive replacement for a sword. Yet, the truth is our ancestors have been using them for thousands of years, and for good reason…

…They work! Even the animal kingdom is smart enough to know just how useful these are:

(It may be hard to see, but this gorilla is holding a walking stick to gauge the depth of the water as she sloshes along)

A walking stick is not a new or revolutionary idea. In fact, the use of a walking stick predates history and its use continued on for generations including this present time.

Yet, it is one which is more often than not overlooked. When most people think of a walking stick, it is usually paired with a top hat or seen as a crutch for someone with a walking disability.

Far too few people even realize how important a walking stick can be, especially to someone in the outdoors. We will dig a little deeper into the many uses of a survival stick and maybe safely say, it could be the first multi-purpose survival tool.

Practical and Survival Uses for a Survival Stick

Walking sticks are also known as trekking poles, pilgrim's staffs, hiking poles and hiking staff have quite a few different uses:

1. Survival Hiking Stick

Hold the survival stick in front of you and you can use it to clear your way by parting brushes and branches or leaves and thick tall grasses. You can also use it to clear spiderwebs, especially if you're not too fond of spiders.

Other insects, animals, poisonous plants, and even animal dung can get in the way. Use a survival stick to inspect or poke at those things if you are unsure, and never ever your hands or your feet.

2. Survival Stick for Support

Hiker in Caucasus mountains is crossing mountain river | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | hiking staff
Making your way through an uneven terrain will be more manageable with a walking stick for support. Whether you're going up or down, use the walking stick to either slow you down or hold you up.

You can use your walking stick like breaks to keep you from speeding down or use it to latch on to a rock or crevice when you're climbing up. Besides for yourself, you can also use your multipurpose stick as a support for your tarp emergency shelter.

3. Fetching/Reaching Things

It happens–a supply or gear falling on water, mud, puddle or in an area you dare not walk into. You can fetch or reach for those items with a stick.

It also happens where you need an item over a physical barrier and only a stick can fetch the item for you. You can also reach for fruits, nest, or other food sources up a tree or high structure with a stick.

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4. Walking Staff Weapon for Self-Defense

To use a survival stick as a weapon, make sure it's a sturdy stick with a finished look and not just any stick you found along the way. You can use it to defend yourself from an attacker whether it's human or animals.

I would suggest to train yourself in some form of martial arts using a stick like a baton as a weapon to have a better handle at it.

You can also fashion a spear with your stick by tying a survival knife on one end. Don't throw this spear though or you risk damaging or losing your knife and stick.

Hold on to your homemade spear and only use it to thrust at your target.

5. Balance

Hiker is crossing the river in Sweden | Hiker in Caucasus mountain | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | survival hiking stickWhen you're crossing a log bridge over a stream or you're going through the stream itself or other bodies of water, a walking stick can help you balance so you don't fall over. If you're walking through a muddy or rocky waterbed, a walking stick will help you up.

If you're up for it and if the body of water isn't too wide across, you can also use a long stick like a pole vault to cross over so you don't get yourself wet.

6. Gauging Depth

Relative to crossing bodies of water, a survival stick is handy in identifying dips beneath the waters which could cause you to stumble. You can also use the stick to identify where it's safe to take the next step.

You can also use this simple trick with the stick when you're traveling in deep snow, marshland, and even the dessert.

7. Carrying Gear and Supplies

Use your survival stick to help you carry gear and supplies. Pack your supplies with a shemagh, tie it tight to one end of your stick then place the stick over your shoulders in hobo fashion.

You can also carry more supplies with your survival stick. Even today, a carrying pole is used by indigenous people all over the world to carry heavy supplies you never thought possible.

Hang bags of supplies or jars of water on either side of the pole or stick, putting a stopper like a notch or tie on both ends so they don't fall off. Place the center of the stick over your shoulders and balance your load to your destination.

8. Club

Man carrying blue backpack | Good Reasons To Carry A "Survival Stick" | walking staff weapon
Use your survival stick like a club to knock obstacle down. A pillar of rocks or other objects may be on your way and a sturdy stick can help you safely knock those.

If you are in a building with glass doors or windows or inside a car, you can break the glass with a stick. Make to knock over pieces around your entrance or exit with the stick, too.

9. Fishing Rod

You only need to bring a fishing kit and your survival stick will make a good fishing rod. Tie a line on one end of your walking stick and fish away.

A DIY fishing pole is actually effective and many a fish has been caught this way.

As you guys and gals already know, I am a stickler for carrying things only if they have multiple uses. This guy managed to fit almost an entire survival kit into a walking stick he built from scratch, for under $20.00.

Check out this video from SOS 2054 I found, and find out for yourself, too:

A humble walking stick will indeed surprise you with what it can do for your defense, convenience, safety, and survival. Since you know now the practical and survival uses of this primitive multi-purpose tool, it won't surprise me if it lands a top spot on your list of survival tools for camping, hiking, or SHTF.

What other uses can you think of for carrying a “survival stick”? Let us know in the comments section below!

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