It has mentioned before that flashlights should be incorporated into your survival gear and it is so true that you will probably hear it time and time again. Interesting and functional grips and holsters can be made for small flashlights, enabling them to fit around your hand or attach to your belt. While these are wonderful conveniences, what about larger flashlights? There are some flashlights that are too large to attach to your belt due to bulk and possible discomfort, not to mention your pants being pulled down. Those flashlights should not be neglected, however, and are useful carriers of paracord as well.
You may be wondering why you would want to bother with a large, bulky flashlight in the first place. For some it is impractical, but for others, it is a necessity. Take for example, those who live in Coastal towns. Hurricane season is very much a part of their lives and can result in disastrous flooding. Water comes in hard and fast and people who should evacuate do not always do so. What they do, however, is buy flashlights. The type of flashlight that is best for a scenario in which you might be forced to deal with rising water is one that floats. Unfortunately, lots of these floating flashlights are large, but their size is advantageous when it comes to flooding. Would you be better able to see a small flashlight you dropped in some floodwaters or would you be better able to see a large one? My money is on the big one.
This type of flashlight generally has a large, hollowed out section that serves as a grip. It is made of coarse plastic that can be uncomfortable to hold, but you can change that with the addition of paracord. All it takes is a few minutes time and a few feet of paracord to wrap that handle so you both have paracord handy and have given yourself a comfortable grip. Wrapping paracord around in rows or tying a cobra stitch (AKA Solomon Bar or Portuguese Sinnet) will work just fine. Cut excess and seal with a burn.
You can also leave an additional length of paracord and possibly attach a carabiner. Doing this will enable you to snap it onto something so if you are forced to evacuate in rising waters and drop this light, it cannot be carried away by rushing water. Big, bulky flashlights may seem impractical for some, but if you live life where it floods, you should have one, and it should have paracord.