24 USES FOR DUCT TAPE in an EMERGENCY
Alaska is by far the largest user of Duct Tape.. because they use it to patch those little planes that zip around in the wilderness. So don’t worry if your two passenger plane lands and the wings appear to be Duck Taped on… it’s because they probably are.
Here are some slightly less serious, but just as useful ways to use duct tape.
Repair a tent: You open your tent and oops — a tear. It’s no problem as long as you’ve brought your duct tape along, mirror the patch inside for strength.
Reseal packages of food: Reseal boxes of crackers , bags of pasta or cans of beans, just make a lid out of duct tape.
Hold your tent closed: Stick the door shut, and keep the bugs and critters out too.
Splint a broken tent pole or fishing pole: Tape a stick to the broken area of your tent pole or fishing rod. You might get one last adventure out of it.
Catch pesky flies: Hang duct tape from your cabin rafters. It’ll serve as flypaper. No need for nasty chemicals, either.
Repair your water bottle: Whether a cracked water bottle or a pierced hydration bladder, a little strip of duct tape will come to the rescue.
Make a spear: Strap your knife to a pole and you have a trusty spear to fend off beasts, or make one into your dinner.
Wrap a sprained ankle: If you sprain your ankle, wrap the ankle with duct tape to give it support.
Affix bandages: Place a sterile dressing over your wound, and strap it in place with duct tape.
Blister care: Cover the blistered area with a bit of cotton gauze, and tape with duct tape. Make sure the duct tape fully covers the cotton and doesn’t touch the blister.
Tape a broken window: Before removing broken window glass, crisscross the broken pane with duct tape to hold it all together. This will ensure a shard does not fall out and cut you.
Mend a screen: Thwart the entrance of bugs through a tear in your window or door screen, until you make a permanent fix by covering the hole with duct tape.
Repair a trash can: Repair plastic trash cans that are split or cracked by taping inside and out with duct tape.
Make a belt: Run a piece of duct tape through your belt loops and stick it to itself in the front. Overlap it about 4 or 5 inches and you’ll still be able to peel the belt apart when nature calls.
Repair your glasses: If your glasses break while you’re in the wilderness, tape them. You might look a bit nerdy but you will be able to see.
Fix your rain gear: Mend your rain gear with a few strips of duct tape.
Repair your clothing: Repair rips and tears in your clothing by slipping a piece of tape inside the rip, sticky side out, and carefully pressing both sides of the rip together. The repair will be barely detectable.
Add extra insulation to your boots: Make your winter boots a warmer by taping the insoles with duct tape, silver side up to reflect the warmth of your feet back into your boots.
Hem your pants: No time to hem your new jeans? Fake it with a strip of duct tape. The new hem will last through a few washes too.
Make handcuffs: Create handcuffs for the bad guys by taping their hands together around a tree to prevent them from becoming a danger to themselves or others.
Mark a trail: Use duct tape to blaze a trail or signal for rescue, especially if your duct tape is brightly colored or reflective.
Make emergency repairs on your Bug Out Vehicle: Repair leaking hoses, broken tail lights, windows that don’t stay and even bullet holes with strips of duct tape.
Hang perimeter or security lights: String lights around your camp with a rope made of duct tape.
Make a disguise: Using trash bags and leaves, fashion a disguise then hold it all together with duct tape so that you can hide in plain sight.
The final word
For the past 70 years or so, duct tape has been considered somewhat of a miracle worker. For the fix-it-yourself types, it is indispensable and has been used for things that I am sure the developers never imagined.
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