As part of your preps I am sure you will have a fairly substantial amount of Paracord, rope and various other forms of cordage. This will come in very handy in so many different survival situations. However, rope is only as useful as your knot tying abilities allow.
Here are five survival knots that you should make sure you are confident in tying. Each includes a video showing how to tie them.
A square knot is used to attach two pieces of rope together. This knot is particularly useful because it is not very often you have exactly the length of rope you need so by using a square knot you can add extra length to your cordage.
This video demonstration of a square knot is very clear and easy to follow. It also highlights the issue of this knot loosening quite easily. However it is still an important knot to know and it can be very helpful in a survival situation.
This is the knot you will use if you are lashing something together e.g. wood for a shelter. It is also used as a climbing knot. It is best tied in the middle of a rope as it works best with tension being applied from both sides of the knot.
Another simple demonstration of a clove hitch. Also identifies issue of knot sometimes slipping as it is only a basic anchor knot but its pros more than outweigh the cons.
This is a fantastic knot that will not slip even if it is not fully tightened. You could use it for securing animals as it will not slip, and it is also gentle on the neck of the animal. It can also be used for hanging your food from a high branch to keep it out of reach of predators. Although primarily used to secure a boat to a dock, like the clove hitch, the bowline is a climbing knot but is seen as a more advanced knot.
A nice little video showing multiple times how to tie a bowline. The video also raises the point about how versatile this knot is so it is definitely worth a watch.
Taut line Hitch:
This is an adjustable knot which makes it perfect for a tarp shelter or for anchoring a tent in place. It is very easy to adjust and re-tighten so it is also useful for tying things to your bug out bag.
This video breaks down the tying of this knot into individual steps which makes it a great teaching video if you are not familiar with this knot already.
Figure 8 knot:
This is an important knot to know as this will be a “stopper” knot on the end of your rope to stop it from slipping fully. It is usually very quick to tie and untie which is great for when we need to get things done in a hurry. This knot will sometimes be a base knot for more advanced knots used during climbing.
This instructional video breaks the knot tying down into small steps and makes it very easy to follow. As it is less than a minute long you can watch it a few times to make sure you fully understand the process.
Once you have watched all of the video demonstrations, get yourself a length of Paracord and practice your tying skills. You never know when one of these knots will help save your life.