Reasons to Travel with Duct Tape

When I was first hired as a Flight Attendant, our trainers preached about the virtues of duct tape. 

I was religious about packing a roll of it in my bags.  Then, one day I couldn’t find my roll at home, so I raided my travel stash.  And duct tape has never made its way back into my travel bags.  After some events on my last trip, it’s time to go buy a couple more rolls.

Here are some reasons why it might be helpful to have duct tape with you when you travel:

General uses:

  • Repair a tear in baggage
  • Shoe or clothing repairs
  • Hold a strap in place (luggage, purse, etc.)

By car:

  • Provide a temporary fix for a broken hose
  • Hold a mirror in place
  • Patch tents, netting or camping gear

In a hotel room:

  • Secure a door in the event of fire (Place duct tape around areas that could leak in smoke)
  • Hold curtains in place to block out daylight

If you have a travel use for duct tape, please add it in the comments.

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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