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1. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

Thanks to Gelli, who asked what's the deal with duct tape, I was inspired to start a new thread dedicated to that one and bounteous topic. :) So, without further ado . . .

Here are some uses for duct tape while travelling:

1. substitute for moleskin (that is the stuff you put on your blisters)
2. patch for a leaky container (like your water bottle- have you ever seen Patch Adams?!)
3. substitute ear plugs (to muffle out the noisey TV/people talking in your pension across the "courtyard" from your room)
4. fix your ripped-up backpack that some mean and nasty theif sliced open
5. band-aid (and it sticks better, too)- put some guaze or a cotton ball/pad underneath with some poly(neo)sporin on it over the wound. Don't put duct tape straight on the wound. It will heal until you rip the scab/blood clot off with the tape.
6. packing tape (to mail all the stuff home that you realised you won't need a week into your trip .. . . or Christmas presents for friends and fam)
7. hitchhiking sign when you lost your black permanent marker (tear it into strips, or use your exacto/Swiss Army/leatherman)
8. make a wallet out of it (for real)
9. re-sole your shoe with it (or at least re-fasten the one that came unglued- obviously a temporary fix, but better than sock/barefoot).
10. tape your annoying travelmate's mouth shut (or that guy who keeps snoring in your hostel)
11. patch up your dog-eared, worse for wear journal
12. for your amusement
13. disposable spoon
14. a Spice Girl inspired push-up bra (just kidding)

Really, the list could go on and on. One rule applies to duct tape: be creative- you can make virtually anything out of it- that is why it is such a sworn-by essential among backpackers/travellers.

If anyone still doesn't understand, well, the next time you are in Canada, watch the Red Green Show on CBC and you will!

Anyone have anything else to add?

2. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

We have Red and Green show here in the US.
Duct tape, eh!
Yah, with duct tape, "if your wife doesn't find you handsome, at least she finds you handy!"

3. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Hi Bluewaav,

Wow. Thanks! I knew there had to be a number of reasons for the duct tape phenomena, but not such a wide range. Seems to be a very Nth Amewrican, espec. Canadian thing, which is interesting.

Of your listed uses, i think probably only 10 - but probably wouldn't stop at his mouth. Tie arms and legs together as well - , 12, 13, and 14 would be of use to me. Particularly 14 (long, long story).

And never made it to canada, but will certainly look out for the show.

I'm not yet entirely sold on the idea of carrying it, but will consider it. Any further suggested uses to try and sway me one way or another will be very interested to see!

4. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

Well, I guess I must have posted all the ideas for the use of duct tape while travelling in the first post! oops . . . Well, I have something to add, ANYWAY! :)
It is an addition to #1.
Not only cound you use duct tape as a substitute for moleskin, but you could use it to PREVENT blisters. Simply put a piece of duct tape in the place where you normally get blisters when you wear a certain beloved pair of shoes and voila! No blisters.

If anyone, anyone at all, has anything to add to this list, or even to subtract, by all means post a reply! Even if it is a little silly . . .. ;)

Well, until then . . .


5. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

I guess I'm the only one . . . I feel kind of silly doing this . . .

  1. 15. In some countries there are peep holes in the bathroom stalls (like where the knobb has been taken out), even in Canada. But when there isn't any toilet paper handy to stuff the hole with- a peice of duct tape over it instead could be used.

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 12y

Hmm.. that is a pretty useful feature -- I'm starting to wonder how I managed all this time without it

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y


Seems your the only duct tape expert on here. Must admit I was expecting at least one other person to come up with something vaguely serious as a use. As it is, all the people I know who are Duct tape people are from the US or canada. As such, i've come to the only conclusions I possibly can and wondering what your view is
(1) all North Americans have been brain washed by duct tape adverts on TV or in camping shops.
(2) everything in the US/Canada is of such a poor quality that it keeps breaking/falling apart and hence constantly needs fixing.
(3) some warped idea in my head about prevelance of sadomasocism that i won't go into details about....

As to extra uses, i'm still unable to come with anything vaguely serious or (genuinely) usefull. Any number of really, really stupid ideas, but nothing which has so far made me rush out and get some to add to my travel kit. Still open to persuasion though... ;)

8. Posted by iloveflyin (Full Member 159 posts) 12y

Hi gelli,

I think steph was partially trying to be funny, because here in North American we have a weekly comedy show called "Red and Green" produced in Canada. In this show,the main character always came up with some funny and at time very clever ideas about using duct tape. As you know, here in North America, especially us in USA, we are very materialistic, cars and homes, boats, etc... Because of that, we have more problems when things go wrong. Duct tapes is a very, if not most popular item for a household to have. We use it in almost every repair job around the house. Not only that duct tape is very strong (length wise), but easy to tear side way. It is also quite cheap to buy.

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y

Hey iloveflyin,

Sorry, yes, i did realise that Steph was being partly funny, but my replies probably didn't quite give that impression - I have a somewhat warped sense of humour, which unfortunately very rarely works on paper/electronically where the meaning tends to get lost...

Thanks for the (serious) reply about the materialistic things though, that does sort of make sense.

10. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 12y

Hey Gelli,

1. I think it has more to do with the Red/Green Show than brainwashing- but I do think it is useful (but maybe I'm brainwashed . . . heh heh . . )

2. That is partially true, thanks to the Wal-Mart/Canadian Tire/discount store chains that have sprouted up in N America like mushrooms . .. . But we do tend to be more materialistic out here in the west. I, personally, try not to subscribe to it too much. But materialism is about quality even here- the "frugal" or poorer people (who can't afford higher quality) have more of the break-apart problems. I think an allure to duct tape here has to do with a tiny bit of a rebellion against that whole mindset (materialism), though.

3. Is that referring to #s 3, 10, 12 or 14 ?!?!?!?!?!?

Yah, to risk being retorical and repetitive, I was kidding a little. I was kind of trying, without much luck it seems, to spark a little creativity in you folks! That was the whole point . . ..

There are serious ones- namely #s 1(entirely: see post # 4), 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 15 (post # 5). They are all, believe it or not, legitimate uses for duct tape.

I'm STILL open to ideas, though . . .