Maybe it’s the Redneck in me, but I haven’t found a whole heck of a lot that can’t be fixed with a good roll of Duct Tape. In fact, I think Duct Tape is probably one of the most important, and overlooked pieces of emergency gear you can have.
What makes Duct Tape so special?
Developed during World War II by Revolite, which at the time was a division of Johnson & Johnson, Duct Tape or Duck Tape was originally used to seal ammunition cases during the war. These days, there’s not a whole lot that it isn’t used for.
Because of its durability, and its waterproof nature, it’s one of the most useful pieces of gear you can carry.
What can you do with Duct Tape?
What can’t you do with it? The internet is filled with crazy examples of things you can do with Duct Tape. In fact, there’s a whole subculture of people who make crafts and weird artwork with it.
But when it comes to survival, Duct Tape has a number of important applications, and can be used to make emergency repairs on just about everything.
Here are a couple of examples of why you should add Duct Tape to your emergency supplies.
- It gives you the ability to make emergency repairs on, tents, gear, bags, tarps, packs, sleeping bags, clothing, rain gear, etc….
- Medical Uses – Making large bandages, adding padding to blisters, and making slings. It can also be used for wrapping sprained ankles in an emergency.
- Sealing Windows
- Making emergency temporary repairs to you vehicle.
- Stopping Leaks
- Repairing Torn Clothing and worn out shoes.
- Waterproofing just about everything!
- Wrapping plastic water bottles to prevent cracking and leaking.
- Starting Fires. Duct tape makes a great little fire starter.
Duct Tape Tip: When you want your repairs to last longer, ironing the Duct tape to your torn fabric will help it last a lot longer. In the field, you can use a Hot Rock heated in a fire to get the same effect.