This post was derived from Alison Hudson's PartSelect.com post on duct tape hacks. Alison submitted this version for Real Goods.
With its sticky interior and waterproof exterior, duct tape has long been known for both its utility and its versatility. But its true potential is often overlooked and underappreciated. So just how useful is this stuff?
Duct Tape for Gear Repair
You can use duct tape to mend a broken ski or tent pole, patch an air mattress, or repair clothes or sunglasses.
Duct Tape for Self-Repair
In a pinch, duct tape can also become a band-aid, an ankle wrap (sticky side out!), emergency sunglasses (see below), gaiters to keep the ticks out, or a bug bite relief remedy.
Other Uses for Duct Tape
Alison is a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School, where she imparts her outdoors knowledge of backcountry and front-country camping on students. She is also a freelance writer and has contributed to The Clymb and Outdoor Nation.