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The Tackiest Item for your Emergency Kit

Tips to Get Out of Sticky Situations in the Great Outdoors

Article by Editorial Staff

Photography by Provided

Originally published in Meridian Lifestyle

When it comes to outdoor adventures, you never know what unexpected issues will arise, and tape can offer quick fixes in a variety of situations.   While a full toolbox and extra shoes come in handy in an emergency, tape is a must-have item to keep with your outdoor gear. 

Here are some quick, effective tape tips to keep you safe from sticky situations in the great outdoors.

1. Mending Ripped Rain Gear or Torn Tents. It’s important to ensure you’re protected from the elements. The quickest way to maintain comfort in your rain gear or tent is to make certain you’re weatherproofed and ready for surprise rain storms. Mend ripped rain gear or a tear in a tent with a strong repair tape, built to adhere in both wet and dry conditions and formulated to withstand extreme temperatures.

2. Fast Fix for Fishing and Hiking Poles.  Fishing and hiking poles are built to withstand quick shifts in weight and slight bends, but when they splinter, you need to act fast. Opt for strong waterproof tape. They can stick to a variety of surfaces in all weather conditions, even when you’re miles away from land. Waterproof tape can even save the day if your small boat faces minor damage like a tiny leak or crack.

3. Boot Basics. Sturdy, reliable footwear is essential for any outdoor activity. If the sole separates from the base of the boot or tears, it can be dangerous for your foot to be exposed to the elements. Carrying messy, tacky glue in your pack is inconvenient and a spill hazard, but wrapping duct tape can provide a fast, efficient and simple remedy. A strong barrier wrapped around the top and sole of your boot will offer the protection you need to finish your outing. Additionally, it can help protect from bugs, ticks or poisonous plants when hiking. Wrap the tape around the top of your boots to ensure your pantleg and boot have a seamless safety guard.

4. Don’t Get Stuck in the Mud. There’s nothing like splashing around in the mud with an ATV, but sometimes it’s hard to tell how deep or tough a puddle might be. Statepoint recommends T-Rex Brute, the “World’s Strongest Duct Tape” according to the Guinness World Records.  It's built to hold more than 700 pounds of weight with just one loop of tape, and keeping this in your kit will allow you to pull your vehicle, tow your bike or create a lift for your gear.

Outdoor exploration doesn’t have to be stressful. Pack the right gear so you can get to the most important part of your adventure: enjoying yourself!