There are links within this post on which we can earn a commission if you purchase something, but it doesn't cost you any more money. Duct tape has been around for over 70 years and has become a staple in the handyman’s bag of tricks.
During World War II, Revolite, then a division of Johnson & Johnson, developed an adhesive tape made from a rubber-based adhesive applied to a durable duck cloth backing. If you have never used duct tape for anything, you have missed out on a world of enlightenment. Duct tape has been used for things like body repairs for multiple different NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) vehicles including NASCAR cars. Rain Gear – If your rain gear gets ripped, you can use a few strips of duct tape to cover the holes.
Mend Shoes and Clothing – Even if you have an emergency sewing kit handy, duct tape may be easier and faster. Like the picture to the left, if the sole of your shoe or boot decides it wants to come off before the boots are ready to be totally trashed, a little duct tape will fix you right up! Hat – If you believe what you see on TV, Adam Savage from “Mythbusters” made a pretty nice looking hat out of duct tape on a special episode of the show.
If you don’t necessarily want to go that far, just make yourself a headband by pulling off enough to go completely around your head, fold it in half length-wise, and leave a little sticky on one end. Repair your glasses – If you end up with a broken ear piece or bridge on your glasses, a little duct tape will fix it right up. Sling – Form a sling to hold a wounded arm by folding a length of duct tape down the middle so that it is half the original width and no longer exposing a sticky side. Butterfly Strips – Cut two small strips of duct tape, and add a smaller strip across their centers (sticky side to sticky side) to create a makeshift butterfly suture. Splint – If you break a leg or even sprain an ankle, you will need something to stabilize the area.
Crutch – If you can find a long, sturdy branch that is shaped the right way, you can pad the fork of it with some cloth and duct tape to make a quick SHTF style crutch. Arrow Fletching – Tear off a few 5-inch pieces of duct tape and fold them in half lengthwise, taping the edges to the shaft of what will be your arrow. Handcuff Alternative – If someone gets unruly during a SHTF survival emergency, you can duct tape their hands together around a tree to prevent them from becoming a danger to themselves or others. Repair a Cracked Water Bottle – A little strip of duct tape is the best thing to bandage a busted water bottle. Cordage – If you are all out of paracord, you can tear long strips of duct tape and twist them onto themselves to make cordage. Patch a Boat – I have never done this one myself, but I have seen others patch their boats (temporarily) with duct tape.
Attach Shelter Elements – Just a few trash bags (you have them in your gear now, right?) or a large tarp and some duct tape, and you have a survival shelter. Leave a Note – Use duct tape to make large letters that may be seen from the air, or use a Sharpie or other type of marker or pen to leave a smaller note. Attach Survival Gear – Tape a ferro rod to the side of your knife sheath and you’ll always have a back-up fire source. Repair Your Sleeping Bag – If you have a hole in your sleeping bag, the stuffing will most likely start coming out (especially if the stuffing is feathers).
Keep Your Tent Closed – If your tent door zipper is busted, you can use duct tape to close it at night to keep the bugs and other creepy crawlies outside where they belong. Splint a Broken Pole – Just as with splinting an arm or leg, by taping a stick to the broken area of your tent pole or fishing rod, you might just get more use out of it. Patrick BlairPatrick is a Christ follower, the father of a special needs daughter with a brilliant personality and two musically talented sons, the husband of a beautiful and incredibly wonderful woman, an avid cook and gardener, a craftsman, and a hopeful homesteader with a passion for researching. For a long time, my husband carried a wallet that was made out of duct tape until I insisted that he use the one that I bought him for his birthday! My point is that in addition to all the clever uses for duct tape that you pointed out in this article, there are probably hundreds more. We spend a lot of time horseback riding and on one particular ride, the bridle on my husband’s mule broke.
I think that people should have at least a dozen rolls of this stuff stored away with their emergency supplies. Remember you can award this merit badge to someone you think qualifies as well as earning it yourself. There are a lot of different things you can put on your bug out bag list and there’s not really one list of contents that you should follow. Without water, my pack is about 13-14 pounds and I carry 96oz of water in it for a total of about 20 pounds wet, plus my EDC and whatever else.
Strapped to the molle on the outside of the bag is: A Gerber multi-tool that came with one of my Army weapons cleaning kits a few years ago. Two ranger bands to hold it together, which is just a couple of bands cut from a bicycle inner tube. A tiny pair of plastic tweezers I got out of one of those little wallet credit card multi tool kits. A piece of aluminum foil wrapped around a safety pin that’s wrapped with some dental floss. Part of a hacksaw blade that’s been sharpened into a small knife and its handle wrapped in tape (see pic above). A mini Altoids tin with an assortment of fish hooks, safety pins, fishing weights, a concave X-Acto blade and some aluminum foil. I’ll be adding some potassium permanganate to the kit as soon as I figure out exactly how I want to carry it and what I want to use with it. A Diamond SRH77CA antenna for the ham radio that sits across all three pockets, under the flaps. I’ve updated my entire system now but I wanted to keep this article intact for people who want to have a two-bag system. My goal is to help families to understand how to intelligently protect their family and their way of life against real threats, without all the end-of-the-world doomsday crap.
Would you think that a tri-band radio like the Yaesu vx-8 be a better option so that you can get to 6m repeaters?
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I recently got a pitch from a PR agency suggesting I write a post on something that’s top of mind for everyone this summer: what to do if attacked by killer bees.
I know that when I first wake up in the morning, it may look like I’m groping around for my slippers and eyeglasses, but I’m actually scanning the immediate area for evidence of killer bee invasion. Next time you’re here, make a game of looking for cracks in the plaster of their walls or in the sidewalks on their street thanks to the ever present earthen rumblings beneath our feet.
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Kit contains over 40 items including an assortment of bandages, wipes, medicine, sponges, inhalants, ointments, etc. Here is one of the better video’s I found on youTube from Themanscave that will show you how to build a 60 lb.
As you’ll see from the excerpt below, the tie-in book is every bit as amusing (and straight-faced) as the film franchise that spawned it. I knew this wouldn’t be that durable, but I wanted to see how well this would capture body heat. Seeing this is non breathing material it had a dendency of retaining persperation from the occupant. Even with the moisture issue, a Scout Master recently Emailed me telling how he had his scouts make these, then spent night in them. This is how we keep our site free for you and other readers, so we greatly appreciate when you do purchase through our links!
It has been used for things that even the creator of the product never thought possible… but what about survival situations? This tape resisted water and was used as sealing tape on ammunition cases during World War II. Certainly you have rain gear in your bug-out bag, but if you don’t, you can actually make your own. If you are lacking a belt during SHTF, run a piece of duct tape through your belt loops and stick it to itself in the front.
Just as with the rain gear fix, pull off a strip or two of tape and cover the hole in your clothing.
Then, wrap that around your head, stick it to itself, and stick a few leaves or feathers to the side where the sun is to shade your eyes. Wrap the strap around the back of your neck and tie it, allowing the loop end to dangle in front of your chest.
As with the water container repair, make sure the area is dry before attempting the repair, otherwise you may be fighting a losing battle.
You can also use duct tape as lashings to hold together branches to make the frame of a tent or shelter.
If you leave your camp for any reason, and someone from your party isn’t around yet, you can leave them a note to let them know you are ok. He and his wife live as frugally as possible and try daily to live as God intends them to live.
I actually saw Adam and Jamie make a boat out of duct tape that actually floated on one of the episodes on MythBusters. Fortunately, he kept some duct tape in his fanny pack and he was able to quickly repair the bridle so that we were able to continue our ride without a problem.
Each item in your kit will depend on your skill set and what you’re trying to prepare for. At least this way you’ll have a decent idea of what one way is to pack a bug out bag.
Especially with the snow recently throughout the rest of the country, my pack would be absolutely different if I didn’t live here. You could also call it a bug out bag but that gets confusing with my main pack so I changed their names. One of them has sugar and the other one is empty at the moment but I have it in there because it fits and weights almost nothing.
I got pretty much put out of commission in Central America one time due to walking through the jungle for a couple of days. I doubt I’d really need a scalpel for medical use but they could come in handy for other uses. These might be super useful if you need to close up a pretty big gash to get someone to a medic.
You need to change these out occasionally because they’ll break down just sitting in your pack. The TSA allows you to fly with some scissors in some cases so I need to find a good pair that I could carry with me as I travel.
My main pack has a solar charger for rechargeable batteries but I have two non-rechargeable ones in this bag because they hold their charge longer when not being used. You can start a fire with a thin strip of aluminum foil wrapped with paper or tinder by touching the ends either to the posts of a 9v battery or putting two AA batteries end to end. I like this one because it has a windproof flame on one end and a tiny LED light on the other. Hey, I had a few of these left over from my last deployment and they don’t weigh anything or take up any room, so why not?
This is the type that has snaps so it works really well as a poncho but you can use it as part of an emergency shelter. I spent several months rethinking it and now have my kit all in one bag – and got the whole thing under 25 pounds!
I hope to use the external pouches to make a full Fire-Kit and an H20 kit (we’ll see how the stuff fits once I get to the point of putting those together). That’s something that would take a few days to do correctly and at least a half a day plus travel to just get a decent idea.
It would be a shame to loose the electronics… What ideas would you consider in EMP proofing your gear? I grew up in the woods and spent a lifetime in various environments from deserts to jungles to politically-sensitive urban environments, and I'm here to tell you what I know. Luckily the agency has a client with lots of good advice and a Killer Bee Survival Guide, illustrated with gigantic fluffy bees that look like the work of a Pixar animator. Nonetheless I think this PR firm’s client would do better producing a Survival Guide for the REAL pests of summer.

Your workweek is swamped, you’ve got a second job as your kids’ camp chauffeur, and you’re averaging only 18 hours between houseguests. You devote two whole weekend days to raking out dead leaves, planting a new flowering bush, shaking mulch everywhere.
He has managed to turn a plot the same size and shape as yours, with identical planting conditions, into the 21st century equivalent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. One of the fantasy benefits of working from home is that the children, if they can entertain themselves, don’t need to attend pricey summer camps. Which is just as well; you’d expect nothing less from a volume penned by noted sharknado survivors Fin Shepard and April Wexler,* right? In fact, according to NASA engineer Jerry Woodfill, duct tape was used as an improvised wheel fender extension on Apollo 17, and had been stowed on board every NASA mission since the early Gemini mission days! Using some tape and plastic trash bags, you can make yourself some rain clothing on-the-fly. You may look a little nerdy, but in a SHTF situation, it won’t matter much as long as you are surviving.
Likewise, you can wrap the area fairly tight so the duct tape acts like an Ace Bandage for extra stability. Make sure the duct tape fully covers the cotton and does not touch the blister at all, otherwise, when you pull the tape off, you’re liable to take the blister with it! If you already have water in the container, tilt it to get the water away from the crack and use the method above. Make sure you put sticky side to sticky side so the inside and outside are both waterproof. It could also be a get-home bag really, depending on where I’m at when I first need it.
Your bug out kit should be a bug out system, starting with your EDC and working its way up to everything you have at your bug out location and have stashed along the way. Having 2 is pretty nice to tie up a tarp for a small shelter. A small keyring flashlight that came with one of my care packages I got in Afghanistan is attached to it.
The big thing to look for is something like this that you can put on one-handed in case you have to put it on yourself.
One of the things I’ll be doing when I redo this bag is putting them in the same location. I have it set up though so that if I had to drop the pack, I can reach in for a few things quickly.
This will be the bag that someone grabs at the house to get into the vehicle if we have to hit the road. This is currently the list of the top 10 best-selling prepper and survival gear items, along with an explanation for each.
Here’s what Graywolf from Graywolf Survival carries and why, as well as some suggestions on how to plan your EDC kit. Even so, you manage to carve out one small hour at the pool by yourself, one hour during which you plan to unashamedly subject other swimmers to the sight of your Lycra-clad whiteness and revel in the trashy novel you’ve been trying to get to for days. You release ladybugs and string a praying mantis  cocoon from a low hanging bush, and finally remember to relocate a few annuals from their hoopty garden store plastic cups into the actual ground. The problem is that your children are avid bakers and readers of all things cooking related, including the self-penned autobiographies of any TLC chefs involved in the production of cakes, cupcakes, or General Dessert Confections. This occurs when you call a relative on the East Coast or in the Midwest and get an earful about the horrible, terrible, very bad heat spell that is causing your kin to huddle inside all day next to the air conditioner.
Scroll through for pro tips on what to do (listen to the Red Cross; wield a chainsaw “like a boss”), what not to do (“hotwire a chopper and drop bombs into the sharknado”), and how to handle all those dead cartilaginous fish (grilled shark steaks, anyone?). If you aren’t wanting to stick tape directly to your shoe for waterproofing, you could slide your foot (and part of your leg) into one of those garbage bags we talked about earlier and tape over that for some cool rain slickers. You could also fold your shirt-tail over your arm and tape it to the chest area of your shirt to hold your arm in place. Just know that if you have a metal water container like this one, you won’t be able boil water in it after a repair. I purposely kept it small and light and can easily pull out a couple things If I really need to. This bag is super tough and pretty much the perfect size but I’ll be changing it at some point. A garden stake in the shape of a turtle completes what you hope will be, if not a lushly manicured garden, a whimsical and colorful one. Therefore, after a long conference call with a client and the rush to complete a related article, you may walk upstairs to your kitchen and find it in a state that suggests a crime scene investigation, with Granulated Sugarman as the prime suspect. There is also a second video that shows you how to add some accessories to the PVC bow and make it awesome, so check out the videos below and make one for yourself. Reprinted by permission of Three Rivers Press, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC, a Penguin Random House company.
If you don’t have some sort of rain suit in your emergency gear, you might think about putting a couple of large garbage bags in your pack. It’s not a full-on 72 hour bag that you may expect unless you combine it with the backpack. 20 pounds doesn’t sound like much but it gets heavy after a while, especially if you add extra water or other gear. It would certainly be a shame to lose them but it would be a very likely shame to have to carry all that extra weight for protection that would be inadequate anyway. Related threat – the additional five summer pounds inherent in “Mom, do you want a brownie?” every day at 11:30 am.
Your relatives profess their jealousy at your cool weather – winterlike, according to one visitor from Austin – and the phone call comes to a close. In 99% of cases, that doesn’t make any difference and may even be an advantage in certain scenarios. In that case, I’d drape a light jacket over it on my shoulder and start looking for an acceptable replacement. This one works for now and isn’t designed for fully bugging out by itself anyway but I could if I had to with it.

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