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10 Genius Uses for Duct Tape

From Day to Day to Survival Situations

By Danielle DamronPublished 2 months ago 5 min read

In the realm of preparing survival communities, duct tape has gained a reputation as an indispensable tool, and rightfully so. It boasts a multitude of practical applications during emergency situations. Today, I'll share with you 10 essential duct tape survival hacks in Volume 1, and I'm confident enough to suggest that we could create an entire series dedicated solely to the versatility of duct tape.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #1: Crafting a Waterproof Cup or Container

Water often takes precedence in survival scenarios, yet you may find yourself without a cup or container to transport or store water. This is where duct tape shines. It's remarkably simple to fashion a makeshift water container using duct tape. To create a duct tape cup, follow these steps:

• Begin with a cylindrical object as your template, such as a stick, log, another water bottle, or even a soda can.

• Wrap the duct tape around the outside of the template with the sticky side facing out.

• Add another layer with the sticky side facing down.

• Repeat the same process for the bottom of the cup, ensuring the sticky side faces out.

• Apply an additional layer with the sticky side facing in to ensure a waterproof seal.

This duct tape cup can be used to collect and transport water, whether for consumption or purification. You can even make containers of varying sizes using the same technique for storing gathered berries, nuts, game meat, or fishing bait.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #2: Crafting Cordage

Cordage is a valuable asset in many survival situations, especially when building shelters. Duct tape can be effortlessly transformed into cordage:

• Simply pull the duct tape, twist it, and let it adhere to itself to create a sturdy cordage.

• For added strength, combine two or three strands of twisted duct tape to weave into even more robust cordage.

• If thinner cordage is needed or duct tape is scarce, split the duct tape in half to create thinner strands.

With an entire roll of duct tape, you can generate a significant amount of strong cordage. Cordage is useful for constructing shelters, securing tarps, or binding items together in various configurations.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #3: Clothing Repair

In survival situations, your clothing is your first line of defense, serving as the initial layer of your shelter system. Tears or damage to your clothes can be as detrimental as damage to your shelter. Duct tape proves invaluable for mending tears in clothing, tents, or sleeping bags. Apply a small patch of duct tape over the tear or wrap it around the affected area to ensure warmth, prevent cold air intrusion, and deter pests from infiltrating your clothing.

Promptly addressing clothing tears is crucial, as they tend to worsen if left unattended. Maintain your clothing system, as it is integral to your overall shelter system.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #4: Crafting a Knife Sheath

In situations where you've lost your knife sheath or need to carry a knife without one, duct tape comes to the rescue. Crafting a knife sheath with duct tape is remarkably easy:

• Take a strip of cardboard, fold it in half, and wrap duct tape around it to create a water-resistant seal.

• Optionally, add a belt loop to the sheath using duct tape for convenient carrying.

A duct tape knife sheath provides protection for both you and your knife, preventing damage and making it easily accessible.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #5: Repairing Broken Windows

Duct tape is a practical solution for temporary window repair in emergencies. Whether you're dealing with a cracked or chipped window, duct tape can effectively seal and prevent further damage during adverse weather conditions. While not a permanent fix, it serves as a reliable stopgap measure until you can obtain a replacement window.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #6: Improvised Bandage

Injuries happen in survival scenarios, and duct tape can serve as an improvised bandage. Apply duct tape to hold gauze, paper towels, or toilet paper over a wound. This makeshift bandage provides pressure to stop bleeding and maintains cleanliness to prevent infection. Keep in mind that removing duct tape from skin can be uncomfortable, as it may remove hair.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #7: Repairing Leaks

Duct tape can be surprisingly effective at temporarily sealing leaks in pipes, hoses, or containers. While it may not provide a permanent solution, it can reduce the flow of water, making leaks more manageable during emergencies.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #8: Insect-Proofing Pants

Seal the bottom of your pants with duct tape to prevent ticks and insects from crawling up your legs. This simple measure adds an extra layer of protection to your clothing, particularly in bug-prone areas or during winter to keep snow out of your shoes.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #9: Trail Marking

Duct tape proves valuable for marking trails in the wilderness. You can use it to indicate paths to important locations, tracks explored areas, or even mark a trail to your prey during hunting.

Duct Tape Survival Hack #10: Sealing Door and Window Drafts

During extreme weather or in response to biological, nuclear, or chemical threats, duct tape can seal gaps around doors and windows, preventing drafts and external agents from infiltrating your living space. Simply apply duct tape to any visible gaps for an added layer of insulation.

These are just some of the myriad ways duct tape can be utilized during emergency situations. Can you think of any other innovative uses for duct tape in survival scenarios?

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  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    I love duct tape! Good job!

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