Last Updated: May 8, 2023 @ 1:24 pm.

What is the best glow-in-the-dark rope? And why would you want it? We asked the camping enthusiasts among our parent readers for their favorites—and then we did another 8 hours of research, comparing brands for quality. Which rope is best for camping? For bug-out bags? Here are the ones we liked the best.

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Finding the Best Glow-In-The-Dark Rope: Our Tips

Let’s talk glow in the dark rope.

Why would you need this? Well, if you are camping, staking a tent with glow in the dark rope prevents you and your family from tripping on it in the middle of the night during a bathroom run.

Of course, there are other uses for this rope: crafts like braided bracelets are a popular use. Other folks like to have this rope in their emergency supplies or a bug-out bag—if the electricity is out, this rope could be helpful in shining a light.

Here are some basic tips to getting the most out of glow-in-the-dark rope:

  • Expose the cord to sun (UV light) to energize the glow-in-the-dark dye. Even if the rope is in the sun for an hour, it can provide hours of light after dark.
  • White is probably the best color for the best light at night, but other colors (like light blue) also work well. Yes, glow-in-the-dark rope comes in different colors—based on our research and reader feedback, the lighter the color, the better the results.
  • Yes, it works even if it gets wet. The glow-in-the-dark properties will work, wet or dry.

Here are the best glow-in-the-dark ropes from our research:

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Best Budget-Friendly

Handy for campers
Love the tensile strength of this cord, which makes it work equally well for camping and crafts.

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Best For Campers

Soft and smooth
Excellent cord that is visible at night after charging in the sun—perfect to keep folks from tripping over your tent lines.

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Best For Emergency Kit

Excellent for hikers, hunters
With 100 feet of rope, this brand offers good bang for the buck—and the quality is impressive too.

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