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We have all seen the stories about the teens who make prom clothes from duct tape to get that scholarship or have heard how kids make everything from wallets to duct tape flowers for the ends of their pencils.
Maybe you have driven behind that one car that is using it to hold on their bumper onto their car or maybe one of the side mirrors until they can get to their local mechanic. It really is amazing what is possible with this sticky stuff.
When you’re packing for your next trip, don’t forget to pack that duct tape! This miracle product can be used for various tasks when you are on the road. From fixing your broken suitcase to patching up a hole in your clothing, this tape is a must-have for any traveler. This blog post will discuss 12 reasons to pack duct tape when you travel.
What is duct tape?
It is a type of pressure-sensitive tape with a cloth backing and a waterproof adhesive. It is often used in construction, home improvement, and repairs.
Duct tape is lightweight and easy to pack. You can easily throw a roll in your suitcase or carry-on without wasting too much space. It will get through security much easier than that bottle of super glue or screwdriver.
It might be forbidden
Some airlines consider it a restraint device, so you need to figure out the best way to pack a small roll instead of a full roll. Often wrapping it around something like a water bottle will give you a few yards to have in your emergency stash without raising eyebrows.
Duct tape is relatively cheap.
You can find it at most stores for a few dollars, making it a great travel bargain. Smaller rolls can be found at your local dollar store. . This makes it a great option for travelers on a budget.
Duct tape is easy to find.
Whether in the US or abroad, duct tape is widely available at most hardware stores, supermarkets, and even some gas stations. So, duct tape is always within reach if you need a quick fix.
So, why should you pack duct tape when you travel? Duct tape comes in handy more often than you think. Here are our top twelve reasons:
Duct tape is great for luggage.
It can be used to repair various items, including your luggage! First of all, duct tape can be used as a temporary fix for broken zipper pulls. If your luggage zipper gets damaged, just attach a piece of duct tape to the end of the zipper, and voila!
Use it to mark your luggage. If you’re worried about losing your luggage, just put a strip of duct tape on it. This will help you spot it quickly and easily on that carousel, especially if you use a fun color.
You can deter thieves from going after the contents in your luggage if you wrap duct tape around your bag. Yes, a really determined person can still get inside your suitcase, but they often are in a rush. They will want an easier target.
Duct tape can repair clothes.
This tape is also great for mending ripped clothing. Just put a piece of tape over the hole or tear, and it’ll be as good as new! You can also use it to hem clothes that are too long. Simply place the duct tape along the edge of the fabric and trim off the excess.
Duct tape can fix shoes.
Can’t buy Shoe Goo in the middle of a hike? No problem! Duct tape can be used to fix a hole in your shoe temporarily. Just apply a piece of duct tape over the hole, and you’re good to go.
Duct tape is weatherproof.
This makes it perfect for patching holes or tears in your gear, no matter the conditions. From that leaking tent to your ripped raincoat, duct tape has got you covered.
Duct tape has medical uses.
It can be used to make a splint or secure gauze. Duct tape can also be used to remove lint or hair from wounds.
Duct tape can be used as an emergency tourniquet. If you need to stop blood flow, just wrap duct tape around the limb and secure it.
Duct tape can also be used to make a sling. If you injure your arm, just wrap a piece of duct tape around your neck and across your chest. This will help immobilize the arm and keep it in place.
Duct tape can be used to secure bandages. Just wrap the duct tape around the bandage to keep it in place.
Have blisters on your feet? Duct tape can help with that too! Just place a small piece of duct tape over the blister to help protect it. Just remember that it tends to irritate skin, so you may want to put a bandage over it first and keep the time-frame to a minimum.
Duct tape is better than command hooks.
It can be used as a temporary fix for a variety of problems. From hanging up a picture in your hotel room to fixing a broken strap on your backpack, duct tape can handle it all.
**If you use it in a hotel room, stick to that tile wall or bathtub surround. It will stick like crazy to drywall, paint, and wallpaper – we’d hate you to have to pay for damages!
Duct tape is great for babyproofing.
If you’re traveling with a baby or small child, duct tape can be used to secure cabinets and drawers. Just put a piece of duct tape over the handles, and they won’t be able to open them. You can also use it to cover up outlets.
Duct tape makes great flypaper.
When we were in Germany, we stayed at a castle. There were no screens on the windows, and a few flying friends came in. Just hang a few pieces from the ceiling close to the spot where the bugs come in, and they will be trapped.
Duct tape is a lint roller.
Use duct tape if you’re in a pinch and need to lint roll your clothes! No matter what I do, I seem to take dog hair with me. This is not as effective as a traditional lint roller, but it’ll do in a pinch. Make a ring around your hand, sticky side out, and roll it over your clothes.
Duct tape helps you sleep.
I hate it when I can’t get the curtains in my hotel room to meet each other and that early morning light comes in. Just place a few strips of duct tape over the gap, and you’ll be able to sleep in a little longer.
Duct tape can be used as an emergency belt.
If your pants rip or your belt breaks, just fold a strip over on itself and wrap that strip of duct tape around your waist. This will help hold up your pants until you can find a more permanent solution.
Duct tape is great for security.
From covering that hotel door peephole to using it to secure valuables inside your clothes or under/behind your furniture, duct tape can help you feel more secure when traveling.
To sum it up
Duct tape is the ultimate travel companion. It’s versatile, durable, and can be used for various purposes. So next time you’re packing for a trip, don’t forget to throw a roll of duct tape in your bag! You’ll be glad you did.
So there you have it, our top twelve reasons to pack duct tape when you travel. We hope this blog post has been helpful. Do you have any other reasons to add to the list? Share them with us in the comments below!