Duct tape has many uses and can be especially helpful while camping with kids. Use any roll of duct tape that you have laying around in the garage, colorful duct tape that you can find at your local Dollar Tree, or fun prints that are available at the craft store. The Happy Camper duct tape pictured was included in the Out of the Box Camping Spring Box. Out of the Box Camping is a quarterly subscription box for RV Enthusiasts.
Trail MarkerThe kids and I love to go hiking and exploring when we camp. We have found that using pieces of Duct tape to mark your trail works great. Just be sure that on the way back you remove your trail markings so that you leave the area as you found it.
RepairsLet’s face it, kids can be destructive. Instead of throwing things away, give it a second life using duct tape as a temporary fix.. Bag chairs, pool floats, broken sunglasses or flip flops – the possibilities are endless. It may not make the item last forever but it’s a quick fix that will get you through the camping trip so that you don’t have to make a trip to the store to replace the item when most likely you have others at home.
LabelingAre the kids fighting over who’s cup it is again? Using duct tape on the cups can solve this! You can place any duct tape on them and write with a sharpie or you can glamp it up and use the decorative duct tapes that are available. Have each child pick their own print and use that tape to mark that child’s cup or other belongings. No more guesswork and no more fighting (about that anyways). I also like putting a bit of tape around the stem of my wine glasses that way the hubby can’t accidentally take mine.
Tape itOf course you can always use duct tape for it’s intended purpose of taping things. Tape your tablecloth down, use it to seal packages of food, or tape a bandage on a wound.
Rainy Day ActivityIf the weather is uncooperative and you are stuck inside with the kids duct tape can make for a fun activity. No don’t use it to tie the kids up, do crafts! Check out this awesome Duct tape water bottle holder from There’s Just One Mommy. You can use the water bottle holder on a bike ride once the sun comes back out. Another great craft is Duct Tape Boats that use can use to have a race in all of those puddles. For older kids try making this duct tape wallet. You can give them a few dollars to put in it and send them to the camp store to get a treat. I hope this list gives you some great ideas on how to use that duct tape you have lying around for some new purposes. What have you found to be the most useful way to use duct tape while camping?