(FeaturedNews.com) When you’re choosing items for your emergency kit or survival stockpile, it’s always good to get the most value by including things that have multiple uses. If a tool or resource can do two things it’s more useful to you than one that only has a single function.
This means that the king of survival tools is the humble roll of duct tape — because that stuff has more uses than you’ll ever believe. Here are a few:
- Patch your clothes. In bad weather, a rip in your outer layers can be a matter of life or death. Duct tape will quickly close tears, keeping the wind and rain out. It works on tents and sleeping bags, too.
- Mark trails. Worried about getting lost in the woods? A band of duct tape around a tree is a good visible marker. Fix a new one every time you’re about to lose sight of the last one you did. For best results, use a color that contrasts with the bark of the trees.
- Start fires. If you have some tinder (try pocket lint) a small patch of duct tape will hold it in place to catch a spark, then help fuel the growing flame.
- Fletch arrows. If you can’t complete your arrows because you don’t have any feathers, try doubled-over duct tape instead. It makes for tough, weatherproof fletching that can stick itself to the shaft.
- Build a shelter. Don’t have a tarp? No problem; make one from trash bags and bits of plastic fastened together with duct tape. Then use longer strips to hang it between a couple of trees.
- Close wounds. You packed ten Band-Aids in your emergency kit, and just cut yourself for the 11th time? A small piece of duct tape and a square of gauze or paper towel will stop the bleeding.
- Make a survival cup. If you find yourself in need of something to collect water with, some sticky origami will turn strips of duct tape into a lightweight, waterproof cup.
- Carry loads. Need to carry heavy or awkward things? Use duct tape to lash them together or tie them to a pole.
That’s just eight uses for duct tape. It has hundreds. As a raw material, or for sticking things together, it’s worth its weight in gold during a crisis. Add a few rolls to your emergency supplies, and make sure you have some in your EDC (Every Day Carry) kit too. You don’t even need a big, bulky roll; you can rewrap it for compactness or wind it around your survival kit. Even a few feet of this miracle material can be a lifesaver, so make sure you have some!
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