15 Off-Grid Uses for Duct Tape

07/11/2017 14:59

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.

How to fix your gear with duct tape

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.

How to fix yourself with duct tape

Other Uses for Duct Tape

Other uses for duct tape

Guest blogger Alison HudsonAlison 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.


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