Last Updated on December 21, 2018
When you are packing for a vacation or a business trip, and whether it is going to be a long flight or just for a couple of hours, you can’t help but pack everything, even the things that may not be useful.
But today, we will make you add one more item that is so cheap but extremely needed: Duct tape. You never know because it can truly save the day, the vacation, and maybe, your life.
There are endless ways to use duct tape when you are on the road, like blocking unwanted light or stopping a sunscreen bottle from leaking. A few dollars to buy duct tape can also save you from wasting hundreds of dollars during your trip. Do you want to know how?
Fix a broken backpack or a suitcase
Imagine you are in an airport of a new, foreign country, getting ready to live your best life, but suddenly, your suitcase/backpack get ripped from a side or got a damaged handle.
The first thought you will have is that you need to purchase a new one, therefore, losing a lot of cash that you anticipated to use for your own leisure time. But if you have duct tape, you can repair it quickly.
This way you will guarantee to go through the airport without thinking about your pink underwear spilling out. Plus, the duct tape can hold for the rest of your trip if you used it right!
Block unwanted light
There are many hotels rooms with curtains that don’t cover the entire window, letting the morning light creep in, which could be good for some people.
But if you are anything like me, you would want to wake up comfortably because you are on a vacation, and no light is allowed to disturb your sleep!
That’s when the duct tape comes in handy. Simply, use them to stick the curtains to the wall. Also, you can use it to cover the green light of the TV that doesn’t go away, even when it is turned off.
Ripped pants and new holes in shirts are signs that we are having the best vacation ever, but walking around with hideous clothes may not be a good idea.
So again, tape them from the inside and call it a day. Also, duct tape can fix shoes, too, by covering the holes or any piece that is coming off. Of course, these are only temporary solutions, but it is still better than continuing hiking with a detached shoe or a ripped jean from behind, right?
Remove lint from clothes
If you are going on a business trip, then you must have packed your finest, most classy outfit. But what would you do if you got there and you found your pet’s hair all over it or any unwanted fuzz? That’s right, duct tape can also be your lint roller if you want it to.
By tapping it on the outfit, you will be able to peel off any fuzz or hair. In a matter of seconds, you will look presentable for any conference or meeting.
Childproof the hotel room
If your children are at an age when curiosity takes over them and leads their tiny fingers to the electrical sockets, then you can quickly childproof your vacation home with duct tape. Just tape all the outlets that can be reached by your little angels.
Also, you can tape the cabinets and drawers closed to keep them safe from your kids’ small, yet, curious hands. This is how you can have a little time for yourself, without the need to follow your kids all over the room/house.
Seal a leaky bottle
One of my biggest fears, when I travel, is to find my shampoo or sunscreen leaking all over my suitcase, it would be a nightmare to deal with.
So why worrying in the first place when we can tape their heads and make sure that nothing can come out of the bottle. I, sometimes, wrap the duct tape all over the edge of the lid to guarantee a flight with zero worrying or anxiety over my bottles and my clean clothes.
Repair a tent / Mosquito Net
This is the hack that will save your trip, family, and your life, especially if you were traveling to countries where mosquitoes can transfer many diseases to humans, like yellow fever and malaria.
You can tape the mosquito net around the beds for full protection. Also, if you were camping, and your tent got torn because of an unintentional mistake or a cruel weather, then duct tape will rescue you in the fastest way possible.
Seal off smoke
We all wish and pray to not find ourselves in a hotel fire, but in case we did, we must use duct tape that will, somehow, save our lives again. As quickly as possible, tape over the air vents that may blow in smoke from different parts of the hotel, and also, seal off the door and any place where smoke can come billowing in.
Of course, all of these are temporary solutions to do while waiting for rescue because it is important to breathe in as less smoke as possible.
Fend off clingy shower curtains
Do you cringe, too, when a shower curtain sticks to your body while taking a shower? It personally makes me feel so uncomfortable for reasons I can’t yet comprehend. Until then, you can use duct tape to pin the curtain back to the wall, and then enjoy the freedom of being comfortably wet and clean.
This issue might occur when you are in a cruise ship cabin or a small hotel room. Don’t forget to use the tape before starting your shower, though!
Stabilize cruise ship furniture in high seas
Going on a cruise ship is one of the greatest ways to enjoy your summer vacation, but it is hard to lay down and relax on a rocking ship while hearing the scraping of dresser drawers and closet doors. Almost everything keeps sliding open and shut.
So simply, tape them in one place where they can’t move anymore. It is the only way you can relax before the ship finally moves away from the storm and the big waves.
Have you ever discovered any other uses of duct tape during your travels? Let us know in the comments below. Also, don’t hesitate to share your opinions with us about these smart uses.