Duct Tape – The ‘Miracle Cure’ for Injured Backpackers

I’ve heard it said that if you were stranded on an island, aspirin would be the one essential drug in your first aid kid. You might say that duct tape plays a similar role for those of us who venture into the wilderness. You can use it to repair broken poles and patch tents, sleeping bags and pants. Or create a sling for a injured arm. Backpacker Magazine this month sent me a link to “101 First Aid” tips and they demonstrate how to stabilize a sprained ankle with the versatile tape.It’s worth a look.

Be light. Be safe. Be one with the pack.

4 thoughts on “Duct Tape – The ‘Miracle Cure’ for Injured Backpackers

  1. Duct tape can fix anything!

    Duct tape came to my rescue when I took a nasty 10 foot fall. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had torn three ligaments and fractured my tibia.

    Duct tape and a garbage bag (for support and to not put duct tape directly on my leg) saved the day and I was able to hobble about a mile and a half back to my truck.

    I documented the experience here if you care to take a look: http://jasonalford.com/hiking-injury-or-how-duct-tape-saved-me

    There’s a few others posts about it, but that’s the main one.

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