Rope – Specifications

Rope is often included in shelter kits depending on the local practices and other materials available. A typical length in a single-family emergency kit is often 10 m. Rope is commonly sold in large roles and it should be understood that cutting rope to length for inclusion into the shelter kit is time consuming and labor intensive.

Rope should be long-lasting woven plastic, nylon or polypropylene material and should be 6-12 mm in diameter. Natural fiber ropes are not as strong nor as durable. Nylon will be the most expensive. The following specs are given for polypropylene rope.

Procurement location:  Local procurement will be possible in most locations. Only procure at the region when unavailable locally.

Shipping and cost details:

Item Packaging Weight Dimensions Volume Cost
Rope – 6mm x 220m Bundle 3 kg 23 x 23 x 16 cm 10L $12


Standard minimum breaking strength for polypropylene rope:

6mm 590kg
8mm 1040kg
12mm 2030 kg
14mm 2990kg

Black and blue ropes are recommended for long-term outdoor use – they have higher resistance to UV.