Best Survival Knots For Preppers

What Are The Best Survival Knots For Preppers

Do you know how to tie 'proper' rope knots?

A lot of people don't, and yet knots are a very necessary part of your survival strategy, as they play an important role in so many survival situations.

You don't have to know every type of knot and their particular application, you just need a few essential knots that will work in many different situations.

In all honesty, I only really know a half dozen different knots and I probably only use three or four of them to do just about every job I come across.

As with a lot of prepping and survival, learn a couple of different techniques, learn them well and remember them for when the SHTF.
Don't try to learn everything....

There are, of course, dozens of different knots to learn.

Some of which date back hundreds of years, mostly originated when man took to the high seas and rope was the main bit of equipment available for lashing the boat rigging and making things secure. 

Some are extremely decorative and very specialised, almost a work of art.

However, for survival purposes, keeping things simple is always the better option. 

Below Are Some Of Top, Most Used, Most Useful
and Best Survival Knots For Preppers

* All knot tying methods vary - and there's generally always more than one way to achieve your knot.
   this is how I do mine:

The Bowline & Fishermans Knot


This is a very easy  knot to do and you will it use a lot. 
It is a very versatile knot that has many uses and is very easy to tie and undo.

The Bowline comprises of just 4 rope movements and then tighten up.

Application: Lashing around any standing object where you want the knot to be fixed.


If you need to join two lengths of rope together, then this is one of the strongest and most secure way to join then.
Each knot works against each other to prevent any slipping between the two ropes.

Application: All rope work



Strong and secure knot that wont slip once pulled up tight, but not too easy to untie.
This knot will slide up to your object (around a tree or branch) and then hold at that position until untied.

Application: hanging hammocks and guide ropes, tensioning ropes and securing.


Using a basic two half hitch and adding a bight now gives a strong and secure knot that wont slip once pulled up tight, but it is a very easy knot to untie.
If the knot is to be left tied up for a while then a adding a bight will make removal much easier later.

Application: as the two half  hitch but a much quicker release.


Using the same half hitch principle this knot is a fixed position knot that is able to slide to a given position and does not move under tension.
This knot will slide into any position you want and then hold at that position until untied.

Application: as the two half hitch but fixed position once set.

These knots are definitely amongst the Best Survival Knots For Preppers and you should know how to tie them all. 
It just takes a little bit of practice and muscle memory to get them right every time.

As preppers, we love paracord and so we should, it has dozens of uses as well as been very strong for its weight. So get some and get knotting.!!

Click image above to see ALL the colours

Paracord is essentially Parachute Cord - or more precisely, the parachute suspension lines: we also know it as 550 cord due to its breaking strain of 550lb. 
The genuine 550 paracord will be refereed to as: type-III paracord.

Its very lightweight material with a manufacture process known as Kernmantle Rope, which means the interior core threads , or kern, are wrapped in a protective sheath known as the mantle.
This Mantle is designed as protection from any outside abrasions and is the part we see in all the different shades and colours.

There is a difference between commercial and Mil-Spec paracord:

There are also differences between commercially produced paracord and Mil-Spec grades and I would never advise buying the commercial grades as they do not have certifies breaking strengths.


Paracord ranges from: Type I, IA, IIA, III and Type IV  - Type I is the weakest type with a breaking strain of around 100lbs right up to Type IV which is nearly 750lbs.
Type III sits just below the top level at 550lbs breaking strain and is the one you normally see being used by preppers for ropes and paracord bracelets.

Mil-Sec type-III paracord has 7 - 9 separate inner yarns, each one of these yarns is made up from 3 separate strands. 
Type-III will definitely take a 550lb load and is a superior cordage than the commercial manufactured alternative.

This is the camo coloured paracord that  I am using in the knot videos

type III paracord

click this image to see all the paracord colours

2 mm diameter paracord

This is the Type III Mil Spec paracord.
2mm thick with breaking strain of up to 100lbs

4 mm diameter paracord

This is the Type III Mil Spec paracord.
4mm thick with breaking strain of up to 550lbs


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  1. Hi, the skill of knot tying is a great one to have. People still use Bungees though for speed, even though they are hugely dangerous, killed a 13 yr old by crushing his windpipe when it came back at him. Hundreds of thousands also injured by them every year. Even in the MOD.
    Could I ask if anybody would like to take a look at a new product that will never rust or rot can be used to secure and insecure rope from 3-15mm in less than 6 seconds. And is being evaluated in South Pole now. You can tie and untie very quickly with gloves on. Saves losing fingers due to frostbite.
    If you’d like to look, we aren’t against Knots. In any way. We are very much against the Bungee.
    Our Facebook page can be found at
    The product is called the What Knot.

    1. Hi Steven,
      Like the look of this.
      Could come in very handy.
      Thanks for sharing with me.
      UK Preppers Guide

    • jon on May 16, 2016 at 12:48 am
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    Brilliant! Thanks

    • Crazy Harry on April 18, 2016 at 10:19 am
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    interesting article.
    knots have always baffled me – simple folk as I am..!
    Your explanations and video are very good for a beginner like me.
    I have just got ‘into’ survival and prepping and its a minefield of information on the web, so something explained in plain English to the beginner makes a change.
    Will you be doing any more videos for knots?

    • BushCraft Dude on April 17, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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    I love doing knots. They are so rewarding when you finish a complicated one.
    The knots you have chosen here are by far the most commonly used in bushcraft and very easy to master for anyone.
    I teach my kids to tie them with their eyes closed..

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