October 20, 2013

Disaster Kit Recommendations - Duct Tape, Duct Tape, and More Duct Tape!

There's no such thing as having too much duct tape!

Duct tape is literally the worlds most versatile product that I can think of with its uses being literally boundless, and countless new ideas flooding reality daily. Personally, I can think of at least a couple dozen situations where duct tape helped me out greatly. The last being the giant spider on my 12 foot ceiling, combined with a swifter dry sweeper.. well let's just say that spider had seen better days. Below is a ridiculously long list of the survival uses of duct tape, and a few notable ones I threw in for good measure. Be forewarned though, using duct tape on a regular basis can lead to strange things..

The Many, Many, Many Uses of Duct Tape
  1. Fixing tears/holes/breaks in just about anything. (Tents, boats, glasses, pools, clothing, roofs, house siding, garbage cans, screens, arrows, window cracks, minor car issues, poles, sleeping bags, water bottles, boxes, backpacks, etc.)
  2. Make a rope, clothesline,cords, ETC.
  3. Create butterfly bandages, and regular band-aids when in a bind. You can also use rolled up sections to pad/prevent a blister!
  4. Use duct tape to line the interior of clothes/boots/shelter when extra insulation is needed! Exterior when waterproofing is needed!
  5. Making/adding/attaching shelter elements to where you're staying. (I.E. stringing lights, attaching hidden weapons, etc)
  6. Make cups, plates, hats, clothing, handcuffs, shoes, sandals, CPR masks, paddles, reflective signaling, harnesses, sandbags, sunglasses, wallets, utility belts, first aid slings, containers, etc.. this list literally goes on and on.
  7. Resealing packages/containers- especially FOOD packages when camping outdoors!
  8. Use duct tape to reinforce knots when unsure of their durability.
  9. Use it to write with (by making the letters out of tape) or to write on!
  10. Hanging tape works great as a fly and mosquito catcher! You can attach small dots of sugar to attract them as well!
  11. Spear making! Use duct tape to attach your knife to a study stick and you now have a spear!
  12. Wrap a sprained ankle, broken wrist- use it to attach a stick to splint broken bones to keep them stabilized.
  13. Use duct tape to mark a trail when hiking and traveling (or a fake trail if you think you're being followed :)
  14. Wadded up duct tape can be used as a fire starter when you have no other options!
  15. Use it to seal off clothing cuffs to prevent nasty tick bites, and more.

xoxo disaster girl

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