Duct tape, duck tape, or 100-mile-per-hour tape — no matter what you call it, this tough sticky substance is undeniably a valuable resource in survival situations. It can be used for mending broken tools, patching holes, sealing food, bandaging wounds, binding together gear, and hundreds of other purposes. You can even build improvised items entirely from duct tape, such as emergency cordage, a collapsible cup, or a pair of flip-flop sandals.

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As useful as it is, there's one obvious problem with duct tape: portability. You'll find duct tape with ease at any hardware store or home goods store, but it's typically sold in large 4- to 6-inch-diameter rolls. This isn't a problem if you're planning to keep your tape at home, in the garage, or in a vehicle. However, it's a major issue if you're looking to put some tape in your bug-out bag, get-home bag, or pocket. Storing an entire full-size roll is heavy, bulky, and impractical when all you need is a few feet for emergencies.

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So, what's the best duct tape storage method to maximize portability? There's no one answer to that question, since there are many convenient ways to store tape for every-day carry. We'll list a few below, starting with methods best-suited for small quantities, and working up to methods that can accommodate longer strips of tape.

keychain duct tape

This stainless steel keychain from Gearward is designed for EDC duct tape storage.

  • Flat roll around a credit card or gift card
  • Duct tape keychain wrapped around wire, paracord, or a purpose-built metal spool. The video below shows a quick method to make DIY duct tape keychains:
  • Small pen or pencil wrapped in tape
  • Lip balm tube wrapped in tape
  • Lighter wrapped in tape

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    A plastic Bic lighter serves as a great storage location for several feet of duct tape.

  • Canteen or water bottle wrap
  • Store-bought mini roll (such as the Gorilla Tape To-Go 1-inch roll or SOL travel rolls)
  • Flattened full-size roll, with cardboard tube removed

As you can see, there are many good options to consider for portable duct tape storage. Which one is your favorite — one of the above, or something we didn't mention? Let us know in the poll below:

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