12 Ways You Can Use Duct Tape For Survival

ROFL 03-04-2014

What does MacGyver always carry around with him besides his trusty penknife? A roll of duct tape. At MakeUseOf, we’re all about survival and emergency preparedness. We’ve talked about making a basic survival kit When Disaster Strikes: Putting Together A Basic Emergency Toolkit Read More , a kit to help you live through an apocalypse Survive An Apocalypse: Setting Up A Complete Emergency Survival Kit The apocalypse will need to be documented with Facebook updates and Twitter hashtags for future generations to fully enjoy - so how are you planning to do that with no power or Internet connectivity? Read More , and how to make survival gear using common household items How To Make Disaster Survival Gear With Common Household Items A storm has just hit. Lights are out. Power's out. You've run out of candles. What do you do? Read More .

Today, we’ll take a look at the various ways you can use duct tape to survive in the wild. Don’t forget to bring the camera The 5 Best Rugged Cameras That Can Take A Beating When you want to capture life around you, you don't want to be thinking about whether it's raining, what will happen if you lose your grip on the camera or any such disasters. Read More or a rugged phone CAT B15 Ultra Rugged Smartphone Review and Giveaway Caterpillar, the company that makes tractors, now offers the CAT B15 as part of their line of ruggedized semi-smart and full-on Android smartphones for the low end. Read More .

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  1. Paul B
    May 2, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    BRB making a boat.

  2. Emeryjay
    April 4, 2014 at 1:34 am

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency says duct tape to prevent broken widows doesn't work and could cause additional damage.

  3. Smitty
    April 3, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    MacGyver would be ashamed. Very lazy weak research.

  4. Kevin M.
    April 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Go see the myth busters channel, they did an episode on this and damn near everything the tested is the same thing shown here, makes one wonder where the real ideas came from? My though is if I am going to pack 500 roles of DT why did I not just pack the right stuff in the first place?

  5. Rob H
    April 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Well some of those push the boundaries a little! (It's so close to April 1st - you got me wondering...)

    On a practical basis: A few years back I was hiking with a guy when the sole came of his boot. 100 yards later the other came off too so he was basically walking in his socks - for the next 3 miles!. Since then I (and probably he too) have always carried a small roll of tape when hiking, 2 metres would have been enough to strap both soles back on for long enough to get back home. Standard rolls tend to be quite large so cut a length off and wrap it round something you are likely to have with you like a walking pole, tent pole, pencil etc. Its adhesion and ruggedness is quite surprising, I've used it for emergency repairs to a wet-suit, tears in tents anoraks and rucksacks. Have a roll in the car too, you could patch bodywork up after a minor accident and use it for emergency splint/suture (but hopefully you've got a first aid kit in the car anyway). A couple of metres in your luggage can come in handy when you're away - I stayed in a cheap hostel where there were some exposed mains wires so was able to tape them up to make them safer.
    If you think of a list of uses you risk limiting the vision of what it can be used for to that list, better to think of tape as something you always have available and whatever problem, however small, think whether tape could help provide a solution. Tape a torch to something or your clothes to keep the light shining on whatever you are working on while leaving your hands free. Tape a camera to a stick and use the timer delay to take a photo over a high wall. Make some kind of bowl/cup for drinking from, catching drips, baling water out of a boat. Many emergency repairs can be effected to broken items, tent poles, cameras, torches.

  6. Kiwi
    April 3, 2014 at 8:09 am