Duct tape. Don’t leave home without it.
While duct tape may not be the first “essential” item on your camping checklist, this versatile roll of tape can work wonders at the campsite. Whether you need to patch something, perform first-aid, or make a tool, you will be happy you brought along this handy little helper.
Here are 14 amazing uses for duct tape while camping.
1. Repair a Fabric Tear
Have a hole in your tent? No problem. Put a strip of duct tape on the front and back of the tear for a great temporary solution. This also works wonders for camping chairs, clothing, and tarps.
2. Fix a Broken Zipper
Duct tape can’t actually fix your zipper, but it does do a wonderful job of holding your tent closed if your zipper is broken or damaged. Tape your tent door closed to keep out bugs and the elements.
3. Mend a Broken Pole
If you arrived at your campsite only to discover that one of your tent poles is broken, no worries. Wrap it up in some duct tape, and if you want a little extra reinforcement, tape a stick to the pole as well. Keep in mind this is not a permanent fix.
4. Wrap An Ankle
If you’re out for a hike or someone trips and twists their ankle at the campground, duct tape can be used as a temporary ankle wrap.
5. Secure a Tablecloth
If the wind is coming in full force during mealtime, get the duct tape out and tape down the edges of your tablecloth to keep it in place.
6. Cover a Blister
There’s nothing worse than getting a blister during a beautiful weekend of hiking. If you feel a blister coming on, cover the area with duct tape to prevent rubbing and pain. If the blister has already formed, cover it with a small piece of gauze and then apply the duct tape.
7. Make a Rope
Need a rope? Twist several lengths of duct tape together. This make-shift rope is not meant to carry a heavy load, however the more lengths you twist together, the stronger it will be.
8. Seal Up Food
If you’ve got open packages of food lying around, use duct tape to seal them up. There are many critters out there, including bears, that love snacks. Reduce temptation by taking steps to secure all of your leftover food and take the necessary precautions.
9. Fix Your Leaky Water Bottle
If you’re out adventuring and your water bottle starts to leak, put a few pieces of duct tape over the crack.
10. Keep Out The Cold
If your tent windows have seen better days, duct tape is perfect for covering seams for added protection against the wind and cold. Even if your windows are fine, this trick can still be helpful as an added layer of defense against the elements.
11. Hem Your Pants
If you brought a new pair of pants along and they’re just a little too long, hem them up with a couple of strips of duct tape. If you’re sitting around the fire or hiking, consider wrapping duct tape around the bottom of your pants to keep out the bugs.
12. Mark Your Trail
Venturing down a new path? Mark your trail with small strips of duct tape. Colored tape is especially helpful in this situation, just be sure to remove the tape when you head back to camp.
13. Hold Your Shoes Together
If you’re out in the wilderness and your shoes or boots start to fall apart, use duct tape to hold them together. You will obviously want to buy a new pair when you get home, but this solution ensures you can finish out your weekend trip.
14. Mend Your Glasses
If your glasses break down the middle, use a thin strip of duct tape to hold them together. It might not be fashionable, but hey, you’ll be able to see.
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