Ten Reasons to Pack Duct Tape When You Travel

Ten Reasons to Pack Duct Tape When You Travel
Duct tape is probably the most versatile synthetic commodity in the universe. It has been know to hold furniture together, repair bike tires and allegedly eradicate warts. Stories of odd uses for duct tape fill online forums and include the dubious "holding an alligator's mouth shut." For the savvy traveler, leaving home without duct tape is simply illogical. Things break and tear, and first aid often assumes emergency status. There's no excuse to not be packing a roll of cheap, lightweight duct tape.

Repair a Tail Light

Whether you back into something or something backs into you, you can piece the light back together with duct tape, protecting it until you can get to a shop, or forever.

Fix Handbags

A purse without a handle is unusable. Duct-taped, it's brand new.

Camping Tents and Packs

As a tent and pack repair staple, duct tape can prevent you from carrying your 50-pound pack in your arms or sleeping with mosquitoes. Pack straps, pack grommets, and tent poles and seams are the targets and are best restored with several layers of tape.

Fix Luggage

Zippers break and clasps blow out, but enough duct tape will hold any suitcase together (suggest a large roll for this activity). Pretaping your luggage will also deflect thieves to someone else's bags.

Foot Care

Duct take stabilizes wrists and protects injured, cracked or blistered heels and toes. It may also extend the life of a disintegrating shoe.


In tandem with Popsicle sticks, duct tape wraps a nifty finger splint.

Fix Belts

Pants need to stay up and duct tape won't let you down. Use a spiral wrap on belts.

Repair Raingear

Tears in rain coats or pants can be temporarily mended with crossing patterns of duct tape.

Dental Floss

The slender loose strings peeling off the edges of a roll of duct tape can be used to floss your teeth.

Repair Inflatable Raft or Canoe

The torn skin of water craft, when dry, can be patched with duct tape. For canoes, apply to both inside and outside surfaces.

Article Written By Barry Truman

Barry Truman has published many outdoor activity articles in the past five years with International Real Travel Adventures, the Everett Herald and Seattle Post Intelligencer newspapers, Backpacking Light Magazine and Trails.com. He has a forestry degree from the University of Washington.

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