CREATIVE AND PRACTICAL WAYS TO USE DUCT TAPE WHEN CAMPING
Aside from the essential items you need for camping, there’s one thing that a lot of campers don’t consider: duct tape. Duct tape is a very durable and versatile adhesive that can provide you with more than a temporary fix for damaged items. Here’s a list of ways you can use duct tape at your when camping.
QUICK TEAR REPAIR
One of the most obvious ways to use duct tape is to fix small tears. Although it’s not a permanent fix, it does manage to solve the problem for the time being. Tore your tent a little? Fix it with duct tape. Got a minor snag in your sleeping bag? Duct tape can fix that right up. Spotted a hole in your camping chair? No worries. Tear in your jeans? Problem solved. You’ve got your duct tape with you. Make sure you put duct tape on opposite sides of the tear to make your repair extra sturdy.
FIX YOUR GLASSES
If your vision isn’t what it used to be, there’s a good chance you’ve got glasses on. Some people have terrible eyesight that they can’t even function without their glasses. If you’re one of them and you accidentally your glasses frame while camping, you’re going to need something to bind it together quickly. Duct tape works best for repairs when your glasses are broken right down the middle or snapped at one of the temples.
FIX A LEAKY WATER BOTTLE
Water bottles aren’t indestructible. If you drop them on the ground, they can break and spring a leak. Thankfully, covering the cracked area with duct tape can keep the water inside and keep you hydrated.
WRAP YOUR SPRAINED ANKLE
When you’re hiking or camping, you’re going to need something to act as a temporary fix if someone sprains an ankle. If you’ve got duct tape, you can use it to support a sprained ankle. However, be careful not to wrap it incorrectly. Make sure you know how to wrap a sprained ankle first.
FIX FOR A BROKEN TENT POLE
Apart from fixing small tears, duct tape can be used to repair broken tent poles. Make sure you use enough duct tape to hold it all together. The trick is to wrap the tape extremely tight so that you don’t end up with a bent tent pole.
MAKE A ROPE
First of all, duct tape mustn’t always act as your permanent substitute for rope. Nothing can really beat the real thing. However, if you find yourself in a pinch, duct tape can work as non-load bearing rope. All you have to do is take the right amount of duct tape and twist it until you’ve got something that resembles a rope. You can also roll up the tape lengthwise as an alternative.
MAKE A SPEARFISHING POLE
If you want to go fishing at a nearby stream but don’t have anything to catch fish with, break out the duct tape. Although duct tape alone won’t do the trick, it does make for a great binding agent. Take a long stick and tape a knife at the end of it. Voila! You’ve got a spearfishing pole.
MAKE A FLY TRAP
One of the most helpful ways to use duct tape around the campsite is to make a fly trap. Those pesky flies are always all over the place, especially when you’re preparing meals. This trick doesn’t take much – all you need is duct tape. What you must do is take a strip of duct tape and hang it somewhere at your campsite. All those flies buzzing around won’t know what hit them when they land on it.
MAKE A TRAIL MARKER
It’s easy to get lost when you’re hiking on a trail. Getting to your destination is one thing, but getting back to your campsite can be difficult if you don’t remember where you’ve been. Bring a roll of duct tape with you when you go hiking. Hang strips of tape on trees to mark your path. But, don’t forget to take the strips off on your way back to your starting point.
COVER A BLISTER
Hiking can certainly be a fun and rewarding experience, but doing it for a long time can also bring painful blisters. No one likes blisters – that’s no secret. And if you want to ease the suffering, you can use duct tape to cover any blisters that form on your feet. It may not be a permanent remedy, but it’ll definitely lessen the pain as you trek back to your campsite.
SEAL FOOD CONTAINERS
Keeping food fresh and safe is one of the best ways to use duct tape. You don’t want insects to get into your food containers easily, so using duct tape to keep them sealed is a good idea. You also don’t want to expose fresh produce to the air and tightly shut packages help you accomplish that.
KEEP A TABLECLOTH IN PLACE
Tablecloths are easy to work with when you’re in the comfort of your own home. However, it can be hard to keep them in place when you’re camping outdoors. The wind can blow your tablecloth away, making it dirty when it falls on the ground. If you want to avoid this, you can use duct tape to fasten the tablecloth and ensure it stays perfectly put. The best part is, this trick isn’t limited to when you’re camping. You can do it any time you require tablecloths outdoors.
SEAL TENT WINDOWS
Campers usually welcome the cold air on hot days, but the easy task of sleeping can become difficult during the colder seasons. What you can do to keep the cold at bay is to wrap duct tape around the seams of your tent windows. This can help keep the cold outside and the warmth inside.
If you’re unlucky enough to break your tent’s zipper in the middle of a camping trip, it’s time to take the duct tape out. Use it to hold down the flap of your tent door to avoid any creepy crawlers from getting inside while you’re sleeping or relaxing.
I never go camping without duct tape. It can be used for a temporary fix for almost anything. I am sure you will find more uses if you take duct tape with you on your next trip.
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