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On my list of Things to Teach My Five-Year-Old, I’ll admit that tying shoelaces is a pretty low priority. I mean, God created Velcro for a reason, right? But I suppose it’s an important life skill, one that will open up a whole new realm of footwear options. OK, OK, I’ll get on it.


Before you decide to channel your inner Indiana Jones and run off to explore nearby caves, deserts or mountain trails, you may want to take a step back and think if you are completely prepared for that kind of adventure. Learning how to tie a few popular knots won’t take an extreme amount of time and you will be surprised how often you can actually use them when you know what you’re doing. Here are five knots that every camper, hiker, mountain climber and survivalist should know.


Good quality water bottles are great, but the lid for many of them can get lost if you remove it while camping or hiking. Tactical weblog ITS Tactical shows how to tie a handy retention strap using 24 inches of paracord.


Having cordage on hand can often save the day when your shoelace breaks or you need to tie down a piece of furniture as you drive it home. Paracord is the best type to keep on hand for general use, and as the video above from ITS Tactical shows, it's easy to keep a hank of cord nearby using a storage lanyard.


Last time you moved something in your car that was too large to fit in your trunk, you probably lamely cobbled together a few insecure knots. (Oh wait, that wasn't you - that was me.) The Trucker's hitch is a relatively simple knot you can tie with one rope that secures anything with the power of pulleys.


Corn — it's in everything. Now it can be in your strings and shoelaces, detangling your knots. Home and living blog Woman's Day notes that a little cornflour will do the trick on those stubborn twisted burls.