12 Survivors Paracord Survival Kits
“Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only for one second without hope.” – Hal Lindsey
Surviving is the most basic human instinct. Fortunately, many of us have everything we need and then some. We’ll never have to worry about finding a warm, safe place to lay our heads at night or go scavenging for food every day. We become so used to our conveniences, it’s easy to take it all for granted. Hopefully, you’ll never have to know what true survival feels like, but without recognizing that it could happen to you means you might not make it out if the worse were to happen. Sometimes it’s complacency rather than cockiness that leads to an unfortunate event. We can’t prevent certain things from happening, but we can certainly prepare for them. Heading out on the trail without preparing for the unexpected is a foolish oversight—one that can be dangerous…even deadly.
There are 50,000 search and rescue reports documented in Robert Koester’s International Search and Rescue Database, the most comprehensive database of its kind. Koester, a search and rescue incident commander at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management says that most search and rescue missions are conducted to find lost hikers. Most lost hikers are found alive within 24 hours. However, we all know that not all search and rescue stories have a happy ending. More injuries and deaths occur to hikers than to those who participate in more dangerous outdoor activities like climbing. Koester says the biggest mistake he sees repeatedly the lost hikers either ditching their pack or not packing survival gear, not even the Ten Essentials.
If you do happen to get lost or injured and immobilized on the trail, it takes search and rescue (SAR) an average of 10 hours to recover a missing person. Depending on what time of day it is, this may mean an overnight stay in the wilderness. Experienced (and wise) hikers, campers, hunters and backpackers know that there is always the potential for danger of getting lost or injured when you go afield. You should always plan for the unexpected. Weather, terrain, unpredictable wildlife, and other conditions can change in a second. That is why it is so important to prepare for the worst when venturing out on the trail.
What Should You Do if You Get Lost?
Realizing you’re lost can cause something called “woods shock.” What can be an extremely traumatic event, woods shock causes a highly distressed response in your body, which may make you feel an overwhelming desire to run—making you further lost—and unable to think clearly. It is of the utmost importance though to stop as soon as you realize you have veered off the path or trail. There is a scientific, mathematical formula for search and rescue uses to find missing persons. All first responders agree—stay put when you realize you are lost. Then…
Stop—Sit down and take some deep breaths to calm yourself down.
Think—Prioritize your needs.
Observe—Where are you? Are there dangers? What are the resources available?
Plan—Develop a plan of action to be rescued and how you will survive until found and then execute.
Part of the resources you’ll have available is The Ten Essentials you have packed, including a way to purify water, food or a way to procure it, fire, first aid supplies, navigation, light, repair kit and shelter. 12 Survivor Paracord Survival Kits are designed for hikers, backpackers, campers, hunters and every day carry and include the basic survival essentials—fire, food and shelter.
The uses of paracord are only limited to your imagination but some popular uses in a survival situation include:
- Fishing line
- Rescue rope
- Bow drill
- Gear repairs
- Primitive bow and arrow
- Trail maker
- Hauling/tying up game
- Monkey fist for defense
- Hang food from bears
- Building shelter
Paracord was originally used as suspension lines on military parachutes. Made of nylon, paracord is durable, strong and won’t rot. It consists of an outer thicker sheath of nylon with multiple strands individually twisted called yarns or kern on the inside. The military still uses paracord today as a general-purpose utility cord. It was even used to repair the Hubble Space Telescope on the 82nd Space Shuttle mission. Because of its durability, strength and versatility, 12 Survivors has picked paracord to wrap its survival kits. 12 Survivors’ paracord has 7 inner strands twisted from 3 different yarns.
Fish and Fire Kit
This compact, pocket-sized paracord kit includes a primitive emergency fishing kit and the essentials you need to cook your catch with. Start a fire with the included flint rod and tinder, wrap your fish in the foil and warm throughout the night. It is tightly wrapped in 7 feet of paracord, measures 3.9 x 1.71 x 0.9 inches and weighs only 1.5 ounces. The Fish and Fire Emergency Kit has 32.8 feet of fishing line, 2 weights, 2 swivels, 2 floats and 2 fishing hooks already attached to a line. A swivel gear clip attaches to your gear or a belt loop. One end is burned to prevent unraveling. To access the kit, you will need a knife or scissors to cut off the burned end. The foil can also be used as an emergency rescue signal and of course, the paracord can help with tying down a shelter, as well as various other uses. SKU: TS24000 MSRP: $9.97
Paracord Survival Band
Constructed of 14 feet of paracord and black rubber tubing, this paracord bracelet includes 17 survival pieces. You will have to unravel the paracord bracelet to access the survival kit. To unravel, cut one burned end and begin unknotting. Along with the emergency fishing kit, there is a 21-inch stretchy black rubber tubing which can be used as a tie-down, a tourniquet, a slingshot, or even as a drinking straw. A magnesium fire starting rod and a striker are both located outside the bracelet, enabling you to start a fire without unraveling the bracelet. A safety pin, alcohol prep pad and tinder are also included. If you need thinner cordage, simply cut at one end of the paracord to expose the inner threads and pull. SKU: TS24001 MSRP: $9.97
Paracord Survival Orb
The paracord survival orb is constructed of 47 feet of paracord, knotted in a 2.36-inch diameter ball. It is designed specifically so the survival gear is accessible without taking apart the paracord. There is even room inside to keep additional supplies. It weighs only six ounces and includes a fire-starting rod and kit, emergency fishing kit, tin foil, safety pin, glow-in-the-dark sticky paper to use as a trail marker or to quickly locate first aid supplies or a flashlight, bendable iron wire, wire saw, signal whistle and keyring. SKU: TS24003 MSRP: $19.97
Paracord Survival Pod
This combo gives you the best bang for the buck. You get a 30-piece survival kit, plus the bonus of 16 feet extra cordage with the attached paracord bracelet. This survival kit is packed in a 3.5 x 2.4 x 0.8-inch metal tin wrapped in 40 feet of paracord. It Includes a ziplock bag for gathering water, glow-in-the-dark sticky paper, cotton ball, sewing needle, 6.6 feet of bendable iron wire, rubber tubing, fire starting kit, emergency fishing kit, carabiner, foil, safety pins, alcohol prep pad, extra tinder and a compass and signal whistle both accessible from the outside. SKU: TS24004 MSRP: $24.97
Your everyday carry survival kit isn’t any good if you don’t know how to use it. It’s important to practice these survival skills:
- Signaling for help
- Fire starting
- Preventing and treating hypothermia
- Basic first aid
- Finding and purifying water
- Shelter building
As always, let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back. You can’t blaze another trail if you don’t come back from the first one.