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