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Jan 31 2012

Good Old Duct Tape!

Whilst on a ‘Round The World’ trip, I remember being questioned by fellow travellers about my reasons for carrying a roll of tape with me so I thought this might be a worthwhile blog post.  I am a proponent of adding duct tape to the list of travel ‘must haves’ because it has so many uses.  Just ‘googling’ duct tape proves it. 

The five main uses I had for duct tape whilst backpacking around the world were:

1.  Strapping my shoe to hold it together to complete a trek in China

2.  Putting tape over small holes in a door to maintain privacy

3.  Fashioning a waterproof from a plastic sheet for fellow trekker

4.  Keeping my backpack together when it started to fall apart

5.  Fastening a piece of string to make a washing line

 

Rolls of duct tape tend to be large, which isn’t so good when you are travelling and tight for space.  There are two solutions to this:

1.  The following video shows a great way around this problem…

2.  If that seems too much like hard work and you want a quicker and easier solution then do what I did – squeeze the roll of tape and it will compress down to a manageable travel size, as the photo shows…

Independent Travel Help, duct tape, travel gear, travel tip

Travel-size Duct Tape

What have you used duct tape for when travelling?  Do you have another tip on how to reduce the size of it to make it more portable?

About the author

Teresa Keane

Teresa has been to almost 60 countries. She started travelling independently at the age of 38 when she gave up her job, rented out her house, put her possessions in storage and spent a year travelling the world. It changed her life. She now creates, publishes, & promotes online travel content and is an experienced freelance trainer & EFL teacher.

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  1. Leyla

    I absolutely recommend duct tape as part of your travel kit! What I do (to avoid the bulky roll) is strip off lengths of it and wrap it around something else I’m carrying, like a tin or a tube or a little square of plastic you cut out – this makes it flat.

  2. independenttravelhelp.com

    Hi Leyla. Yes, an underrated but very useful piece of kit. Other travellers thought I was crazy but it came in very useful when I travelled around. I managed to squash mine and put a rubber band around it so it’s easy to carry. I never go travelling without it now because you just never know when you might need it! Teresa.

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