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Some uses for duct tape while travelling

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21. Posted by peeps (Full Member 114 posts) 12y

the american duct tape seems to be way better, is there any brand in particular that i should pick up on my stop off in america?

22. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

There's a brand that has a little yellow duck called "duck" tape that I use, but good duct tape is easy to come by here... Just go to any hardware store and ask for it and you're likely to get the real thing.

23. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y

This thread is great! Hilarious stuff and obviously the duct tape market in Europe will soon be taking off after this thread has increased awareness :)

Thanks to Steph, duct tape is now an addition on our packing list as well. I am really wondering how I have been able to live and travel without it for so long



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

  1. 19 - What's wrong with using rope as a washing line? - Much easier than twisting bits of tape together and more reusable. The only problem i find with that is that if your clothes aren't dry by morning and you need to leave them hanging up during the day, your trousers fall down in the meantime...

25. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

Of course rope is perfect for wash line... If you have it. I don't tend to carry rope around with me though... I always have duct tape.

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

Fair enough. But i'm amazed you don't have rope with you

Interesting though to see the differences - it appears that most North Americans tend to carry Ducttape, whereas more Europeans (or me at least)! carry rope instead of duct tape.

Now i'm curious - Do other European (or Non Nth American) travellers on here carry rope with them? I rarely leave the house without it, even if just going to work or the shops.

And finally - anybody know where i can get a copy of the 1001 uses of duct tape somewhere in Europe? Would be interesting to at least be able to have a browse through a copy in a shop or something.

27. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 12y

I was just searching but I didn't see the book... Perhaps it is out of print? Anyways for more info try, the name sort of says it all.

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

Duct tape for rope .. . . hmmmm . .. I never thought of that before, but a good idea, too! Actually, there is one thing better than duct tape or even rope for hanging up laundry. You can actually get this in a camping store. It is braided surgical cord. It is stretchy so you don't have to worry about your trousers falling off if they don't dry over night! I haven't used it personally, but I hear it is ideal.

I personally have never carried rope with me while travelling unless I am on a road trip (then it is just about essential). I use duct tape for lots of things that you could also use rope for, and twine also.

Just thought I would add my 2 cents about the duct tape-rope idea!

- Steph

29. Posted by aimsuk (Full Member 112 posts) 12y

duct tape sounds so versatile! im seriously considering taking some on my next trip! im sure ive seen it diy stores in england

30. Posted by Benny (Full Member 17 posts) 12y

I think they call it gaffer tape in England, well, thats what people who roadie for bands call it anyway. Here is another use; if you ever get taken hostage by rebels at some point on your travels, simply offer them your roll of duct tape to bound you up. This will be seen as an act of compliance and hopefully win you some respect. You could also take this concept even further and demonstrate some of the 1001 uses for the stuff, they will be so amazed that the $100,000 ransome for youre release could be reduced to a job lot of duct tape......what the hell am i talking about??

(This is a joke, no offence intended to anyone who has ever been taken hostage and i strongly recommend NOT to try and negotiate yourself out of such a situation with a roll of duct tape, however usefull it may be)