25 Ways To Use Duct Tape For Survival

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I bet we can think of even more than 25 ways to use duct tape, let’s start with this list today. When one of my daughters was getting married, she soon to be father-in-law surprised the party we were having for her wedding shower by pulling out a roll of duct tape from his shirt that he had been saving to give the soon to be bride and groom as his gift to them.  We all laughed because it was such an unusual gift but then he proceeded to tell the couple the many ways you can use duct tape.

Yep, you can never have too many rolls of duct tape….

25 Ways To Use Duct Tape

1. Hold together a ripped shirt, hem a skirt or pants

2. Hold together something you are gluing together until the glue dries

3. Fix a broken fan belt

4. Fix a leaky hose

5. Use it for binding a book

6. Use with some paint stir sticks for a splint

7. Fix or redesign your lawn chairs (weave and all)

8. Use it to hold duct work together when finishing a basement

9. Make a wallet or coin purse

10. Hang pictures in your school locker

11. Wedding Gift

12. Use it to mend a fence

13. Use to fasten logs together to make a float

14. Fix a toilet seat

15. Fix a broom handle with several layers

16. Use as makeshift handcuffs in an emergency situation

17. Hold the broken headlight or taillight on your car in place

18. Make a clothesline (learned this in my CERT class)

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19. Wrap a sprained ankle (learned this in my CERT class)

20. Cover a deep cut with cotton gauze and cover with duct tape ( learned this in my CERT class)

21.  Car hose repair

22. Temporary repair for a boat or raft

23. Build a hammock to be able to sleep above the ground

24. Dog muzzle if the dog is anxious or hurt in an emergency (learned this is my CERT class)

25. Fix your roof shingles if the wind or elements rip them off (learned this in my CERT class)

26. I am adding this very important one sent to me by one of our readers by the name of Geoff: Duct tape can also be used to cover a blister on your foot or a raw spot on the back of your ankle.  Apply it directly to the skin and it will protect the skin underneath. Thank you, Geoff!

Today I am just wanting to remind people that duct tape has been around for 50+years, I think, and now you can get it in so many fancy colors and styles. Today I am really talking about survival…..I have duct tape that is several years old and it is still as “sticky” as ever. Whenever I need to “mend” something fast…I say “grab the duct tape”. I carry it my car and have it in my CERT bag and Bug Out Bag/72 Hour Kit. Nate, my son-in-law thinks we could build a bridge if we had to with duct tape. Love that guy!

Please note: C.E.R.T. stands for Community Emergency Response Teams (FEMA.gov). Please check with your local community to learn how to become a C.E.R.T. volunteer. We are here to help and organize neighborhoods until help arrives.

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9 thoughts on “25 Ways To Use Duct Tape For Survival

  • August 31, 2013 at 7:31 am

    How interesting. Some of these ways to use duct tape make so much sense. Covering a cut, muzzling an injured dog, etc. are important. Thanks for the great ideas.

    • August 31, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Hi Brenda, thanks again for commenting…I was writing this post thinking about my Shih Tzu, Boston who is normally mellow (unless the doorbell rings)…he could never hurt anyone BUT if he were injured I am not sure what he might do. Hugs! Linda

  • September 1, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Duct tape can also be used to cover a blister on your foot, or a raw spot on the back of your ankle. Apply it directly to the skin and it will protect the skin underneath.

    • September 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

      Geoff, I am so glad you reminded me of this fact. I did learn this in my C.E.R.T. class. I am going to add this to my list. Thanks again, Linda

  • September 1, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    What a great idea to keep the tape in your car. I’ve only been thinking of it as a craft item lately (we used it to make over my daughter’s scooter). I’d forgotten that it is really for more important things! Great emergency idea!

    • September 1, 2013 at 7:45 pm

      Heidi, I just hope my husband does not remove my first aid kit from the car to put his golf clubs in the back….urghhh! LOL! We only have one car….I don’t have lessons or carpools…it has been almost two years with only one car….so that first aid kit must remain in the car! Thanks for commenting! Hugs! Linda

  • September 5, 2013 at 10:26 am

    At work, we use duct tape for sealing the doors incase of a chemical spill or need of quarantine.

    • September 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Karen, I think I need more duct tape! Hugs! Linda


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