Ah, duct tape. It’s like the Force, isn’t it? Just like that old adage says—it has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. Duct tape actually has many, many applications that go beyond taping stuff. Here are 15 of them—but these are only 15 out of several dozen.
1- Patch up your snow pants.
Snow pants can start developing tears because of stormy weather, blizzards, and general usage. Use duct tape to fix this problem by placing it over the holes.
2- Build a fire.
If you’re lacking a lighter in your survival kit, use duct tape and a magnesium bar to start a fire. You can also use duct tape in conjunction with a char cloth.
3- Keep the opening to your tent closed.
Duct tape is helpful when you have to deal with heavy winds while camping. Sometimes your tent’s actual zipper might not be strong enough, or it might be damaged.
4- Repair a broken tent pole.
Tent poles can get broken pretty easily (as though setting them up weren’t difficult enough). Use duct tape to fix the poles.
5- Tend to a sprained ankle.
If your buddy sprains an ankle and finds out that they can’t move, wrap duct tape around their ankle so that their leg is supported.
6- Repair holes in your sleeping bag.
It’s not uncommon for your sleeping bag to develop holes, which can lead to scratches and cuts while you doze. Duct tape can be used to patch these holes—as well as those in your tent.
7- Create ropes.
Naturally, ropes and paracord are essential to camping—but sometimes you might end up running short. In those cases, tear off a few lengths of duct tape and twist it up to create cord or rope.
8- Fix your water bottle.
Water bottles might break when they’re dropped, or you might wake up and find that the bottom has been leaking through. Simply seal the hole with duct tape.
9- Reseal food containers.
Once you’ve opened a package of food, it’s fair game for insects and other pests. Thus, you should fold over the top of the package, and seal it with duct tape.
10- Open a jar.
While out camping, you might need to open jars of food (as well as the usual tins, cans and packages). Take off a section of duct tape, start wrapping it around the lid of the jar, and pull. The top should come off (even if it is a little painful).
11- Make a cup for drinking.
Didn’t have time to wash your dishes? Fashion a cup-like shape with duct tape. It’s safe to drink out of.
12- Use it for first aid.
If you need to take care of a blister, cover the wound with cotton gauze, and then tape it over. It will heal properly.
13- Repair your Bug Out vehicle.
With duct tape, you can cover holes, fix a taillight that’s broken, and steady windows that won’t stay put.
14- Fix a bug screen.
Ward away annoying bugs by layering over the holes your insect screen with duct tape.
15- Insulate your boots.
With duct tape, you can add another layer of insulation to the insides of your boots. By doing so, your feet will stay toasty warm while you’re out on the trail.
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