Thursday, December 16, 2010

Duct Tape

Duct tape. Every travel expert has duct tape on his/her packing list. I tossed a roll of duct tape into my suitcase, then took it out again, thinking, "I have never, ever needed duct tape on a trip before, so why am I going to sacrifice valuable luggage real estate to this stuff"?

Even after I read about saving space by winding duct tape around a pencil or an expired credit card, I thought, nope, not gonna do it.

I mentioned this to friend Catherine, who said, "Well, one time I was in the airport and my suitcase zipper broke and all my stuff was tumbling out. A guy came by and asked if he could help. When he saw the situation, he reached into his luggage, pulled out some duct tape, and patched my suitcase together."

Well, there you go. My only decision now is: Will I use a pencil or an expired credit card to wrap my duct tape?

More on the blessings of travel duct tape here:

From, Travel Gear: 10 Reasons to Pack Duct Tape When You Travel

From, Why Travelers Should Never Leave Home Without Duct Tape

From Graham's Travel Blog, here's a how-to video for wrapping duct tape into a space-friendly size:

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