25 Uses for Duct Tape on Your Next Camping Trip

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Duct tape is famous for its uncanny ability to fix just about anything.

This article originally appeared on Fix.com and has been republished with permission. Words by Samantha Larson.

While it is hard to imagine how a simple roll of gray tape could be so mighty, duct tape is famous for its uncanny ability to fix just about anything. If you’re planning some quality time outside – where you may be far from the conveniences of modern life – having the necessary supplies for self-reliance is a must. Throw some duct tape in your pack and you’ll be prepared for everything from clothing repairs to first aid solutions and fire starters, with a catch-all survival tool for whatever sticky situations may arise.

When times are rough, here are some ways duct tape may help get you out of the woods during your next adventure.


After a long day outside, there is nothing worse than getting to a campsite and realizing something is wrong with the night’s cover. Here are some ways duct tape may be able to step in to help you get a good night’s sleep.

Mend a fabric tear: Tear off a piece of duct tape long enough to cover the rip in the tent. Adhere the tape on both the outside and inside of the tent. This should help keep water, dirt, and bugs out of your shelter.

Fix a broken zipper: Rather than let the tent door flap in the wind and let in the chill, apply a strip of duct tape along the break in the zipper.

Remedy a broken pole: If a pole snaps in half, put it back together by wrapping duct tape around the two parts. For a sturdier fix, tape a stick alongside the broken pole for reinforcement.

Fashion guylines: Guylines protect tents from rough winds by increasing stability. If the air is howling and your tent isn’t equipped with guylines (or they’re too tangled to use), fashion some out of duct tape. Make the cord by twisting several lengths of duct tape together. Tie and/or stick the cord to the sides of the tent, and then tie the other ends to rocks or trees, keeping the guylines taught.

Whip up an unplanned bivvy: No tent? No problem! With some duct tape and a couple of trash bags (which can also serve plenty of survival/camping purposes) you’ll be able to build a tent in no time. First, run a cord (a duct tape one, if needed – see guyline instructions) between two trees, allowing enough space for you to fit in between. Tape two trash bags together and drape them over the cord. To hold the shelter in place, place rocks where the trash bag meets the ground to hold it in place.



Solid footwear is one of the most important pieces of equipment for a quality camping trip. But if treads fail or your feet are in need when out in the elements, here are several ways duct tape can step in.

Make a basic repair: You aren’t going to be able to hike very far if the soles of your boots are literally falling off, but keeping them strapped on with duct tape will allow you to regain basic function for at least a few more miles.

Waterproof: Soaking wet socks are no fun. When the rain’s coming down, wrap duct tape around shoes to help keep the water out.

Construct gaiters: Even if boots do a fine job keeping out moisture, a day of winter tromping can mean wet feet when the snow creeps in around your ankles. Stay dry with makeshift gaiters by wrapping the tops of the boots in duct tape, and continue wrapping the tape about halfway up your calves.

Fashion snowshoes: This one is going to take a little longer – something you’ll likely want to do at home, rather than when you’re actually in the snow. You’ll need two rolls of duct tape, hot glue, a sharp knife, several sturdy sticks, string, scissors, and a large bowl. Find more detailed instructions here.


First Aid

Just as the WWII soldiers discovered, duct tape is a great addition to a medical kit.

Note: The following is not a substitute for basic wilderness first aid. Please brush up on your skills with a class before a big trip, and be sure to bring more than just duct tape in your first aid kit.

Make or enforce a bandage: Place sterile gauze over a cut and hold it in place with duct tape. This is also a good quick fix for blisters (just be sure the duct tape itself is not touching the wound). Alternatively, wrap an existing bandage with duct tape to hold it in place more securely and protect against dirt.

Wrap a sprain: In lieu of an Ace bandage, wrap your ankle or wrist in duct tape to provide support.

Stabilize with a splint: Stabilize a possibly broken limb with sticks and duct tape. First, lay sticks on either side of the injured bone. Then hold it all together by wrapping duct tape around the sticks.

Create a serviceable sling: Fold a length of duct tape down the middle so there’s no longer a sticky side. Tie the tape around your body as a strap to hold an injured arm in place.

Make a tourniquet: In the event of unstoppable blood, tightly wrap the affected area above the wound in order to stop blood flow.

Ward off bugs: For walks through grassy fields that may be home to ticks or chiggers, wrap some duct tape around the hem of your pants to keep the bugs from sticking onto you.

Protect your eyes: You may not always think to bring sunglasses on a winter camping trip. If the sun is beaming—especially at high altitudes—it can intensely reflect against the snow and cause painful and possibly permanent damage to your eyes, called snow blindness. Prevent eye damage with some super makeshift sunglasses. Tape two pieces of duct tape together, then cut horizontal slights over each eye to let in just enough light to see, but not enough to seriously impair corneas.

Prevent frostbite: Alaskan dogsledders swear by this frigid practice: If it is really cold out, stick duct tape directly to your face (especially around the eyes) to keep sensitive skin from freezing over. Just be careful when removing the tape so as not to take some skin with it.


Forgotten Goods

Did you leave an oh-so-important item at home? Duct tape can be molded into all sorts of basic necessities.

Craft a cup or bowl: Don’t let a forgotten bowl keep you from enjoying dinner. With several strips of duct tape, you can quickly craft a nifty alternative. Thanks to duct tape’s waterproof attributes, it should be able to hold liquids as well.

Use as a fire starter: Duct tape is surprisingly flammable. In a pinch, it could be the secret tool to get a campfire going. For an even more reliable fire starter, wrap duct tape around a bundle of dryer lint, and then cover the outside with char cloth.

Build a makeshift torch: Don’t have a flashlight? Light up a wad of duct tape to provide a bit more illumination – even if short-lived.

Create a handy hat: When the sun beats down, stick several pieces of duct tape together to form a visor, then use another strip to strap it on. (Be sure to take some selfies showcasing the fashionable new headpiece.)


The Rest of the Roll

Make an all-purpose cord or rope: A duct tape cord can have a lot of uses beyond just guylines, such as a clothesline, a gear sling, or a way to tie food in the trees to keep it safe from hungry critters. You can also make a heavier duty rope by braiding three pieces of duct tape cord together.

Repair clothing: If you have a tear or hole in a down jacket or even sleeping bag, place a strip of duct tape over it to help keep the feathers where they are.

Mend leaky bottles: If your water vessel – be it a plastic water bottle or a flexible water bladder – has sprung a leak, stop it (or at least slow it down) with a piece of duct tape over the puncture.

Soften sharp edges: There is nothing more annoying than the constant jabbing of a pointy object in your pack. Apply a layer of duct tape to buffer sharp edges.


This list should give you plenty of ideas for duct tape survival, but there are many more ways to salvage your outdoor adventure with this wonder tool. Throw a roll or two into your pack, or wrap several layers around a water bottle or trekking poles for later use, and you’ll be equipped with the tools you need to unstick yourself from all sorts of binds.

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Thanks guys, much appreciated. 👍

I'm new to Steemit, so forgive my confusion. I know it's not plaigarism since you have permission. Nevertheless I question how a post that isn't original can get such a big piece of the rewards pool, especially since Steem is intended to be based on original content. I know that this is also social media, and sharing articles can educate people (gotta love duct tape!), but I think maybe the rewards pool should work differently for this type of post.
I read this other post on the topic, but that raised even more questions!
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Nice copy pasted post, brings a lot of value to steemit. Here's the original source btw according to the almighty Google: https://www.fix.com/blog/duct-tape-fixes/

Hopefully you have permission to republish on your shitty website and of course here on steemit without giving proper credit to the author.

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No worries, I just contacted the fix.com guys myself. Hopefully they will confirm your story! Thanks for the flag, I always appreciate one

Yeah please choose another picture next time or don't selfvote it so high up. Some people don't appreciate a giant turd suddenly showing up on their screens.

Point taken :)

The flag was for the picture you chose, not the comment itself.

Even if I feel this is a copy and paste type of post it had some value for me. Some of the tips I'm actually going to use next time I'm going camping :)

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Aha! Setting up an unplanned bivvy must be one the coolest ideas and crafting a "cup" of some sort. To be honest, the amount of things you can do with it is crazy.

you can also use ducktape to tape someones mouth

Or taping your husband to a tree and leaving him there.

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Can't go wrong with good old Duct tape!!!

It was very helpful and I am going to purchase three for everywhere because it has so many uses 😊

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Hahaha I think we should build a antique similar to this 😂

This is very useful, I had a friend of mine, who always carry on one or two of them. Thanks for this tips!.

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Relate! I've been using it almost in anything. It is a must have for those who is travelling

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Great post 👍🏿 I discovered that duck tape could be used as a firer starter when I was in my back yard as a kid. I would experiment on different ways to start fires when I would go camping. I found that the sticky Side of the tape was flammable with a hot enough source

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I love duck tape!!! I have a lot of them at home!

@mrprofessor I think you need this.

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this is really helpful

my vote for this post. Good Work!!

if our weather is cold i will go to camp but here is always hot

What the actual fuck.

amazed how duct tape can be used in soooooooo many ways! thanks for the wide range info!

didn't realized how useful a duct tape is until i came across to this. i should hoard duct tapes now. lol!

This is fantastic!!! The duct tape survival tips! I didn't know how useful duct tape can be... I think I should buy plenty later.

Using duct tape to duct tape my duct tape!

Whoa! I never thought duct tapes could be this useful when going on camp. Thank you for sharing some variety of helpful tips on when and where to properly use it! This is really worth reading!

fond of camping, mountain climbing (if schedule permits) and travel. i didn't know that i should be always bringing a duct tape with me to make use of it not just in a couple of ways but to a multiple wayssssss! amazing it is! will be sharing this to my peers for our next trip! thanks for this!

can be used in taping the mouth of a killjoy companion on a trip, lol :D
kidding, but hey very informative post! imagine a 25 uses of a duct tape? good job, man!

Lifesaving hacks! I love this! It's really a wonder tool and I think that most people don't know about the many uses of a duct tape.

Ductape, ziplocks some wd40 and a swiss army knife is all you need to temporarily fix things.

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You're ideas are brilliant! Who would have thought that duct tapes could be so handy especially when you're outdoors. I would surely bring a couple of it when I go out camping the next time!

enligthening...like a makeshift torch!

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Tape wife's mouth @ begging & you can be relaxed till end.

definitely helpful ideas. can't wait to go camping!

Sure! I didn't know it had some of these uses too!

I am using duct tape and it is so versatile! also a great tool to repair ductwork.

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Great article! I just went hunting last week, it's good to know this helpful tips for next time though!

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Thanks! This is practical!

cool tips! i am sure i can use some of these next month.. =)

I was not aware of the many things that duct tape can do. Thanks for sharing this. I will buy duct tape when we go camping this summer.

the adhesive tape is very good indeed that it is useful for many things and is of main help in a camp like the ropes

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Dude this is one of the most useful blogs I have ever read in my life. I want to thank you greatly for this information.

I never knew that a duct tape is a multi purpose product until I read this post! kudos to Duct Tape and the Author!!!

Pretty informative tips. Thanks for sharing!

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Valuable information... Thanks for sharing.

Glad you found it useful. 👍

we can use duct tape anywhere ofcourse. but thanks for this. i might go on a camping very soon :)

wow nice! who would have thought that a mere duct tape can be a huge help during camping!

Awesome! I've experience some of those in my home, but never think to use it during camping.

Thanks for sharing. Awesome article, very helpful!

Good to know these many uses. Nice Article

This is useful

definitely when traveling you have to bring tape as help .....

For sure, I always pack some tape - you never know when it may come in handy.

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