Ever wondered what you need to include in a survival kit? A knife, water bottle and sheltering equipment may be at the top of your list but one of the most important elements to building a great survival kit is a high quality selection of rope - but what type should you go for?

Depending on the rope you use, different options provide different benefits, so Rope Warehouse will guide you through the top 5 ropes you need to have by your side in an emergency.

Tow Rope

At the top of our list; a durable tow rope with a tough woven design is ideal for getting vehicles out of tricky situations, particularly if you're crossing precarious waters, flooded or muddy areas in your car.

Thanks to the high load rate and fixing points on either side of the rope, you'll find that you're never stuck in a hazardous situation for too long.

Twisted Rope

Typically constructed from three strands made up of multiple fibres - look for a polyester twisted rope that will resist the effects of rotting as well as mildew and water damage. Ideal for towing, anchoring and other situations that require a heavy duty alternative, keeping 20 metres of twisted rope to hand could save you from a number of predicaments on land or at sea.

You can either choose to heat seal your rope, or better still, bind it together with Marlow Whipping Twine. Far safer than heating up the ends of your rope, whipping is a reliable finishing method with limited risk of injuring your hands on rough, burnt edges of the rope while you're using it.

Climbing rope

Featuring a kernmantle design (kern in German means 'core' and mantle is 'sheath'), this rope has an internal core protected by a woven sheath wrapped around the outside for enhanced strength and flexibility.

Climbing rope comes in both static and dynamic options - the former is used for hauling, top rope climbing and abseiling, the latter has a slightly stretchy quality to prevent the climber from suffering back injuries by limiting a sudden stops when free falling.

Although expensive, having a great climbing rope in your selection could help you climb or rappel to safety.


Post By Ed Mason

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