Weekly Travel Hack: Duct Tape Water Bottle Combo

Welcome to the first Weekly Travel Hack on Shameless Traveler! Every week I’m going to post an article detailing a hand dandy and useful Travel Hack to make your life just a little easier.  

Saving space is critical for the backpacker.  You carry your life on your back and the lighter your life, the easier your life.  It’s not just the weight, sometimes the things you need take up a lot of space and because of their size they can affect the amount of other things you can carry. But with an easy Travel Hack you can learn to combine objects and shrink the space you use in half.

That brings us to this weeks travel hack, the Duct Tape Water Bottle Combo.

In last weeks article, “Top Ten Backpacker Essentials,” I listed a water bottle as one of the top things you will need when backpacking. Another great thing to have is duct tape. Duct Tape can patch a tent, can reinforce a backpack strap, or can seal shut the mouth hole of a drunk hostel tenant that just won’t leave you the hell alone.  While I’ll always make room for a water bottle, a big roll of duct tape can take up a lot of room and since it’s not an item I use daily it often gets left behind.

That is where this weeks Travel Hack comes in. My friend Mary taught me this, so all credit goes to her. Over the month we taught together in Korea it amazed me how useful this simple Travel Hack could be.

All you need is a water bottle and duct tape.

Unroll the duct tape and slowly start rolling it around your bottle.

You don’t need the entire roll, so maybe 10 times around the bottle will be good.

And Eureka!

You not only can now carry duct tape in a space saving way, but anytime you have your water bottle (all the time) you will also have duct tape on you in case of an emergency.  This has saved my butt time and again. May your traveling be hacked and your adventures be mind blowing- ST

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  • Remya

    Posted on May 13, 2013 at 4:46 am

    Really cool!

    • Shameless Traveler

      Posted on May 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks Remya! If you liked this keep visiting the site for more Travel Hacks in the future!

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