The following three knots are useful for survival, camping, general preparedness, and all sorts of practical knot tying tasks.

It would be beneficial to practice tying these knots enough times so that it becomes muscle memory. After that, quiz yourself once in awhile and tie them again to stay refreshed. There are additional useful knots to know how to tie, but lets start with these…

 
Square knot is useful for quick and simple tying of things; also for joining two sections of rope or cordage together. Note this type of knot has the potential to slip, so do not use for lifesaving operations.

Clove hitch ties a rope to an object and is useful for lashing things.

Bowline is one of the most important knots because it doesn’t slip. Useful for securing anything that you don’t want to slip, especially related to lifesaving operations, mountain climbing, or even securing a tarp.

 

How To Tie A Square Knot

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How To Tie A Clove Hitch

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How To Tie A Bowline

How To Tie A Bowline

 
This set of Outdoor Knots cards will serve you well whether you are lashing down a kayak on the roof of your car (use the Trucker’s Hitch), hanging an adjustable line in camp (use the Tautline Hitch), tying a boat to a dock (Cleat Hitch), or you just need a quick peek at the good old Bowline Knot while outdoors. And being completely waterproof solid plastic!

 
If you’re really into knots, this is probably the most complete knot book on the planet:
The Ashley Book of Knots

What are some of your favorite knots?