Best Cords and Ropes for Camping

What makes the best camping ropes?

Rope is a staple of any camping expedition, needed for tents, shelters, bear bags, hammocks and tarps. When choosing rope for camping use, you’ll want to consider the amount of weight and space it will take up in your backpack and what specific use it will serve. You’ll also want to know how easily the rope handles, the stretch factor and the strength as far as working load and breaking point. For ease of use, you may also want to look at the ropes ability to survive repeated wetting and drying, how well knots hold and how easy it is to unkink knots.

The following are a few of the many popular ropes for camping.

Trek Light Gear Go Anywhere Rope Kit


Trek Light Gear Go Anywhere Rope Kit

Set up your hammock with ease with this beautifully designed static nylon cord. Pre-cut, knotted and super lightweight, the Go Anywhere Rope Kit lets you set, adjust and tension your hammock to your own liking in seconds without worrying about messy, confusing cords or complicated knot tying. Weighing only 7 ounces, the rope kit comes in its own tiny pack for ease of packing. Designed for the Trek Light hammock, the kit includes two static pre-knotted, assembled cords that allow you the versatility of setting up your hammock any way you like at points up to 20 feet apart. Ropes can hold up to 400 pounds.

Nite Ize Reflective Cord

Nite Ize Reflective Cord
Custom made for letting you see what you’re doing in the dark, this kit consists of 50 feet (15.24 meters) of reflective green 2.5 mm reflective cord. Weighing less than 2.5 ounces, the rope is perfect for tying tarps and tent guylines, hanging up bear bags and putting up shelters. Take it camping in the mountains, out on the boat or anywhere you need to keep sight of what you’re tying down, increasing safety for you on the trail, at the campsite and by the water. Made of sturdy nylon, the rope has a special reflective strip woven into to it that reflects brightly when you shine a light on it.

Koch Industries Braided Cotton Cord

Koch Industries Braided Cotton Cord
This braided cord rope is perfect for a myriad of camping purposes. Made of soft natural fiber, the rope has superior knot retention and can carry a maximum load of 10 pounds. A great general purpose cord, the item weighs mere 2.4 ounces, a perfect, light addition to your backpack.

TOMOUNT Nylon Braided Rope Cord

TOMOUNT Nylon Braided Rope Cord
This durable, practical blue rope is made of high strength nylon and makes a useful addition to mountain climbing and camping emergency kits and is also useful for boating use. Measuring 8mm and with a length around 65 feet, the rope can handle loads of over 300 pounds.

Titan Genuine Military 550 Paracord

Titan Genuine Military 550 Paracord
Extremely rugged and versatile, this paracord is the perfect go-to rope for situations requiring superior durability, safety and strength. The same parachute cord used by the US military, the package also includes two free eBooks detailing paracord projects. Pull this sturdy rope out for use at home, on the road or camping. It also makes a great addition to any survival kit, disaster prep kit or bug-out bag. This veteran-owned business is a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.