Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Duct Tape: How One Roll Of Tape Can Save Your Ass

We've assembled a list of the 10 most practical things a simple roll of duct tape can be used for in a survival gear bag. A small compact roll of duct tape can turn into more uses then one would expect, anywhere from arrow fletchings to a drinking cup, writing notes to repairing clothing.

1. Mend shoes and clothing. Who needs sewing kits when you have enough tape.
2. Twisting into rope. Twist long pieces of tape into make shift rope.
3. Toilet paper. Ok not really, or .. .really?
4. Handcuff alternative. If someone is acting up during a survival emergency, you can duct tape their hands together to prevent them from becoming a danger to themselves or others.
5. First Aid. Use tape and sticks for a splint or wrap it more for a cast after bone has been set. Or just use it as a band-aid.
6. Make a spear. Tape your knife to the end to ward off others or gig fish.
7. Make a drinking cup. Yes, it can be done.
8. Survival arrow fletching. Tear off a few 5-inch pieces, and a long edge of one piece to the arrow shaft, fold the tape lengthwise, and stick the other long edge of that piece to the arrow. Repeat this process one or two more times; trim the vanes to shape with your knife; and you will have a serviceable arrow fletching.
9. Used for making a structure. Wrapping tape around logs and sticks will hold them together for a strong structure.
10. Sealing windows and doors. Tear gas? Other toxic fumes? Use duct tape to seal off doors and windows and save your oxygen inside your home.

1 comment:

  1. You can also use it on a "hot spot" to prevent a blister. Works as well as moleskin.