Unless you’ve been a boy scout, you might not truly realize the importance of mastering the art of knot tying. The truth is that learning this skill is crucial to your survival, especially if you’re planning on bugging-out and living in the wilderness.


Knowing how to tie different types of knots means knowing how to maximize the use of your rope or paracord. Once you master this art you’ll be able to easily use your cordage to make: shelter, traps, trotlines and harnesses.

There are a lot of different types of knots and all have their specific usage, but among them 3 are overall the best and can be suitable for a wide variety of situations. If you’re just getting into knots, I know everything will seem overwhelming, but don’t discourage. With a bit of patience and a lot of practice, you’ll be able to tie this three knots in your sleep.

1. Double-Fisherman’s Knot

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When you started out you might have had a big roll of rope or paracord, but as time went by and situations demanded it, you had to cut parts out. Night is falling and you need to build a shelter between two trees. You take the rope and see that you come short half a foot.

This is where the double-fisherman’s knot comes in. The main purpose of this knot is to make a single sturdy long piece of cordage, out of two smaller ones.

As a side note, I would personally recommend that you cut pieces of your cordage only if it is absolutely paramount, because each time you cut, the cordage loses more potential uses.

Watch this video to learn how to tie a proper double-fisherman’s knot:

2. Trucker’s Hitch

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This is one of the handiest knots to know. It’s fast-tying, quick-release and tautness-adjustable. You can use this knot even in your daily life for everything from securing cargo in the truck to setting up a hammock.

Watch the video to see how it’s done:

3. The Bowline

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The most-use knot by campers, soldiers, survivalist and hikers, the bowline has unlimited uses. Because of the incredibly strong loop in the rope with the bowline you can hang lanterns or food bags, trying up animals, securing yourself if you’re climbing and much more. Add a trucker’s hitch and you can use it like a pulley system.

Here’s a video to learn this knot:

As I said before, there are many knots put there and each fairs best in a specific situation, but these three will cover most of them. It’s always best to learn as many knots as you can, but start with these and work your way up from there.

What other knots you know of that are useful in a survival situation? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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