3 Reasons Why You Should Always Have Duct Tape July 16 2014

Duct tape is undoubtedly one of the most useful things out there. It can be used for repairs, securing items, medical emergencies, and to build a number of items necessary for survival. Why wouldn’t you have duct tape with you wherever you go?

Duct tape has hundreds, if not thousands, of documented uses, and it’s an incredibly versatile and useful product in just about any situation. Where there’s a will there’s a way, and duct tape is usually that way. Read on to find out how duct tape can prove useful in just about any situation.

Duct Tape for Quick Repairs

First and foremost, duct tape is actually tape, and can be used to make any number of quick repairs. While not always meant to be permanent, duct tape is ideal for quick fixes. Duct tape can really come in handy when you are out and about and don’t have many options.

  1. Patch holes in clothing, upholstery, tents, raincoats, etc.
  2. Hold a broken side mirror in place
  3. Suspend a damaged car bumper
  4. Patch a broken window
  5. Repair leaks in hoses
Red Green style mirror repair by dave_7, on Flickr
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Duct Tape as a Survival Tool

In the wild, duct tape literally has hundreds of uses that can save your life if you are lost, stranded or if it is time for the apocalypse. Be prepared by always carrying duct tape with you whenever you go out, just in case. If you don’t want to carry around a big roll of duct tape all the time, it can easily be wrapped tightly to be put on a keychain, wrapped around a bottle or other item you already carry, or you can remove the cardboard tube and flatten the roll. Smaller rolls of duct are also available, such as the one in the Original Redneck Repair Kit.

  1. Hold together a cracked water bottle
  2. Repair a broken tent pole
  3. Add insulation to boots or gloves
  4. Restrain bad guys
  5. Attach your knife to a long stick to create a spear

Duct Tape for Medical Emergencies

In a pinch, duct tape can be hugely beneficial when it comes to makeshift bandages and splints in emergency situations. While not a substitute for actual medical care, duct tape is a welcome substitute when no other alternative is available. It’s best to avoid taping large amounts of duct tape to your body, but it is great for holding bandages or splints in place.

  1. Use duct tape as a butterfly bandage
  2. Secure a bandage and stop the bleeding
  3. Create a splint for a broken or sprained ankle

Best Uses for Duct Tape

The best uses for duct tape aren’t on a list or part of a planned experiment, but are the ones you come up with when you are really in a pickle and all you have is some duct tape, a piece of chewing gum and a ballpoint pen. Share those uses with us on Facebook or Twitter, and we may feature your idea in our next blog.

Original Rednecks makes no guarantee of suitability for any use of duct tape identified herein.