7 Survivalist Uses for Duct Tape
Fix your tentYou’re at your campsite about to turn it in. Is that a tear you see when you open your tent? No problem. Use a patch of duct tape for covering the tear or hole. For added protection, mirror your patch on the other side of the tent, as well.
Keep your tent closedA damaged tent zipper can be a nightmare. You can become vulnerable to the cold, night air and bugs as your tent door flaps around in the wind. Use duct tape on the door to stick it closed instead.
Make a cordUsing duct tape, twist a few lengths of it into a rope or cord.
Reseal open food packagesBugs and critters invading your food stash is a survivalist’s nightmare. So, after opening packages of food, fold the tops over and seal them up tightly with duct tape. You can do the same thing with your canned foods, too. Just seal the top of the can securely with the miracle tape.
Protect your waterStrips of duct tape can be used to repair a pierced or cracked hydration bladder or water bottle. It’s even effective for reinforcing and strengthening them when they don’t need repairing. Simply wrap duct tape all around your water bottles to help prevent cracks and leaks. Just remember that duct tape doesn’t stick well to wet surfaces. So, dry off your bottles well first.
Fashion a shelterOut in the world with no tent or other type of shelter? Then, you need to make your own shelter. This will be a real test of your survivalist skills. All you need is some duct tape and trash bags, plus a wind break, sleeping bag cover or survivalist’s shelter roof. And, there you have it… the tools for a makeshift shelter.
Insulate your bootsSurviving Doomsday could mean lots of walking, running and hiking. Why knows where you may have to trek to find safety, warmth, shelter, supplies, even your family. Use duct tape to insulate the insoles of your boots, shiny side up. The silver side will reflect your feet’s warmth back inside the boots. Plus, with enough layers of tape, you may even create a cushion of comfort.
Chett Wright is the Online Outreach Coordinator for Food Insurance for 5 years and enjoys cycling and hanging out with his family.