We're minimalists when it comes to specialized travel gear, but the one thing we never leave home without is a small roll of duct tape (also called duck tape). Here are some terrific uses you've probably never considered.
- Repair broken luggage or tape closed the area where a zipper has failed.
- Once you've left the US (and TSA) tamper proof your luggage by wrapping duct tape around it. While someone can still get into your luggage if they really need to, they'll probably skip yours and rifle through someone else's bag.
- Use colored duct tape, or a personal design to mark your suitcase for visibility
- In a hotel, close gaping blackout drapes
- Create an extra label for your suitcase by writing your name and address on some duct tape and sticking it inside.
- Seal over the drain in a hotel room sink so that you can wash laundry
- Babyproof a Hotel Room
- Entertain the kids: Use the tape to outline a hopscotch design or a race track for toy cars
- In case of fire, seal off door & air vents to keep smoke out. Some say that duct tape is more effective than damp towels, and it certainly works better to cover an air vent on the ceiling.
- First Aid: In a pinch, duct tape can be used to make band-aids (with some tissue or cotton), a finger splint (with two popsicle sticks), or to remove a splinter
You can buy mini-rolls of duct tape from a travel store, but it's easy and cheap to make your own. Wrap the tape around a popsicle stick, short pencil, crayon or expired credit card.
What are your favorite uses for Duct Tape on the road? Let us know in the comments!