More Reasons to Bring a Roll of Duct Tape When You're Camping or Hiking

More Reasons to Bring a Roll of Duct Tape When You're Camping or Hiking

The value of duct tape is hard to appreciate until you need it to remedy one of a million different snafus you'll encounter while hiking and camping.  Let's take a look at a few more examples why you want to make sure that you always bring a roll with you before you head out on your next trip. 


Wind Shield

If it starts to get a little breezy at your campsite, you can line the edges of garbage bags and create an improvised tarp that can deflect the wind.  The tape on the edges will make the bag more sturdy, and you can poke holes in the tape in order to attach some stakes or cordage to make it taut.  You can also use the seams to join a couple of bags together in order to make the windbreaker bigger. 


Sealing Food

We all know how important it is to store our food in ways that won't attract animals and pests.  Sealing bags, boxes or containers with some duct tape can help to contain odors, and the seal can also help to keep insects out. 



If it starts to rain, or temperatures drop, apply strips of duct tape along the seams of your windows and entryways.  This will cover up those drafty areas where the material doesn't always create a good seal.  You can also use it on shirts and jackets in order to prevent cold air from blowing through seams as well.


Keep Things from Blowing Away

A little bit of wind can cause a big annoyance at a campsite, and duct tape is the perfect way to secure lightweight items from blowing around.  You can use it to tape the tablecloth down, keep laundry from falling from clotheslines or to make sure that lids don't flip open.  You can also secure flaps or vents on your tent in order to prevent them from becoming torn or stretched as they flop around. 


Make a Fly Trap

If you have a problem with flies near your dining area, try lacing a few strips of tape with some honey or some other sweet and gooey substance.  Hang the strips over where you cook and eat, and flies should target the tape instead of your food.  While this may not eliminate the problem entirely, it can be a big help.



Almost anything that you bring with you can be repaired with duct tape.  Broken fishing poles, walking sticks, glasses, handles, tears in fabric or leaky valves are just a few examples of things that can be patched up in a matter of seconds.

If you don't want to lug a whole role of tape with you, take a few long strips and wrap it around a pill bottle, tent pole, lighter or the handle of your survival knife instead.  Chances are that you will be glad that you brought some along when you need to improvise a quick fix on-site.