If I'm going to carry some piece of gear, like say athletic tape to deal with sprains, it sure does make sense to think about other ways it can be put to use. So here you are, 25 ways to use athletic tape on the trail.
Related: 34 Ways to use Duct Tape for Survival.
Have any suggestions to add? With something like tape, there's always more uses!
- First aid for a sprained ankle
- Tape your knee for additional support
- Create a pressure bandage
- Cover blisters to provide protection from further rubbing
- Tape hands and fingers to provide protection during rock scrambling
- Lash a shelter together
- Make a sunglass keeper
- Make a necklace to hold light gear (i.e., a whistle) nearby
- Hang gear from a tree to dry
- Attach a flashlight to a hat or other piece of gear for an improvised headlamp
- Combine with sticks to create a rigid splint
- Use with a mylar blanket or garbage bag to make a better fitting emergency poncho
- Repair ripped clothing
- Create arrows or lettering to share info with a search team
- Use the adhesive to remove cactus spines
- Rip off and keep small pieces of tape to use as a counter / improvised ranger beads
- Create a hair band to keep your hair out of your face
- Attach money or ID to your gear
- Label your gear
- Tape a bundle of gear together that's being cached for later
- Make an emergency set of glasses
- Add racing strips / visibility stripes to dark clothing
- Make a quick release attachment for gear
- Fashion a zipper pull
- Leave as bread crumbs along the trail
Bonus guy friendly tip: cover your nipples to avoid chafing!