Here’s a new travel game: Duck, Duck, Tape! All you need to play this game are two things: travel plans and a roll of duct tape. The object of the game is simple. To win, simply use your duct tape while you’re traveling.
Before we explore some of the ways you might put your tape to use, there are some important rules to review: Duct tape is available in all kinds of styles and sizes. You can use whatever color and pattern matches your personal style.
So, after you’ve got your duct tape safely packed away, now what? Wait. You might not play the game on every trip. The beauty of this game is in its randomness.
One of the best travel uses for duct tape is to fix stuff. For example, the darn airplane tray table doesn’t work right, and the rattling is driving you crazy. Duct tape it.
When you pick up your luggage from baggage claim, you notice one of the bags has a tear in it. No worries, duct tape to the rescue. By the way, duct tape wrapped around the handle of your bags is a great way to easily identify which of the million black suitcases on the conveyor belt belongs to you.
You get into your hotel room and discover one of those clocks with an LED that seems to shine brighter than the sun. A strip of tape will help you get some shut eye.
If you’re an outdoorsy person, you probably revel the thought of taking on a staggeringly scenic hike on trails in places like Oregon. In the unfortunate case that you take a stumble and twist your ankle, don’t fret – duct tape can be used to create a splint, or you can wrap it tightly around your ankle to work like an ace bandage. That should hold you until you get back to your Portland hotel room.
Finally, some travelers want an added layer of security for their valuables when they are on the road. Duct tape can help you hide your stuff. For example, in hotels from Paris to Rome, you could tape important valuables you’re leaving behind in your room under the bed. Of course, it’s a good idea to put those items in an envelope first.
As you can see, all you need to play this game is an unexpected travel conundrum and some imagination.