A common piece of advice is to re-lace your boots with paracord. The more thoughtful of you may have wondered about the wisdom of being in a survival situation with unlaced boots! What is usually omitted is that in an emergency you are supposed to take the cores out of the cord, then re-lace your boots with the empty outer or some of the core cords. This assumes you did not buy the budget cord that doesn’t have particularly good cores!
Re-lacing your boots with paracord isn’t a bad idea. It cannot hurt. One day you may find yourself cold, tired and wet, your numb hands trying to unlace your boots, gut the paracord and then re-lace your boots. That sounds like something you may want to avoid if possible!
In my post on an EDC shopping list I suggested you add about two metres/ a fathom/ an armspan of paracord to your everyday carry (EDC). Or a pair of long, strong bootlaces, whichever you can acquire more easily. The utility of this was expanded on in one of the links from my 4-4-4-4 article. In the event you missed it:
I had a quick look in the left front pocket of my trousers. The contents were:
- One bandanna, various uses.
- Disposable lighter, for emergencies.
- A hank of paracord, roughly two metres.
- A actual length of shoelace. I tend to pick up potentially useful bits of cordage! Useful for stuff that does not require the paracord.
- A tubular spectacle safety cord. My habit of acquiring cordage paid off here. What I thought was a bit of shoelace turned out to be something very useful to me. If the situation requires, I can retrieve this from my pocket and add it to my glasses.
- A couple of metres of cotton string. Saves the paracord for important jobs. Potentially could be used as tinder.