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The best way to carry duct tape

There’s no denying that duct tape is useful is all sorts of situations. You can use duct tape to patch your clothing, your gear or even flesh in a pinch. The trouble with a roll of duct tape is that it is quite bulky. The wider and thicker the duct tape, the larger the roll will be. Here’s how to make duct tape more compact and convenient to carry.

Start with a stiff card – an unembossed membership or loyalty card will work great. I found an expired medical identification card that serves as our example. I was going to throw it out anyway – I am sure you can find similar cards somewhere around your house or office.

There’s no real secret to this. All you need to do is wrap the duct tape around the card. Make sure you smooth out the tape and make sure that there are no trapped air bubbles. Of course the beauty of duct tape is you can easily redo this if you make a mistake.

It will only take you 5-10 minutes to do this. The next time there’s a commercial break on TV, grab a card and some duct tape and you’ll be good to go.

The final product is very compact and will fit in a jacket pocket, your backpack or Bug Out Bag without taking much space.

  1. HuberD on Tuesday 15, 2011

    If you want to carry the entire roll, you can just peel out the cardboard core and squeeze it flat in a vice/between two heavy books.

  2. Anonymous on Tuesday 15, 2011


    Agreed – but it’s not as much fun as peeling the tape off 🙂

  3. Ralonzo on Tuesday 15, 2011

    Wow, that card got very big by the last photo. Much longer than any card I have. Hmm.