Duct tape is a camper’s best friend, a friend that you should never leave for a camping trip without. Bring at least 2 or 3 full rolls of duct tape with you, along with some quality rope and twine, and a sewing kit. You can bring different colors of duct tape, to match the color of the tent, the toys and the beach gear, but just make sure that it is the quality, original “Duct Tape”, and not the dollar store imitations. For under $5.00, you have a multi-purpose repair facilitator in duct tape that can fix bent or broken tent poles, repair rips or holes in the tent’s fabric, zippers or windows, and a multitude of other uses.
Knowing how to make emergency equipment repairs in camp can save you a lot of money and time. When you are camping in the heart of cottage country, you may find that buying a new tent is cost-prohibitive, as you could pay as much as three times what you would for the same tent at a super store near your home. Having to leave the campgrounds, drive to the nearest city and find replacements for whatever has broken can take the better part of a day. That is a big loss on a weekend camping excursion.
For equipment that uses flammable liquids, like a camp stove, tent warmer or camp lantern, you should not try repairing them unless you now exactly what you are doing, and have the properly rated materials with you. You are better off replacing anything that is electrical or powered by flammable liquids when they are broken, as they can usually be replaced rather cheaply, and most are available at most country stores.
Many emergency repairs will require rope or twine. You can repair a hammock if it breaks by tying twine or thin rope to the broken pieces of rope on it, and you may need a length of rope to hang a hammock properly between two trees that are not quite the right distance apart. Using a tarpaulin, tie it to at least two trees that are near the tent, and tie the bottom grommets to rope that is tied to a spike pounded into the earth as a wind barrier, or for rain protection.
A sewing kit should always be brought when you go camping, as things are more likely to get torn while hiking in the woods. For clothing, jackets and backpacks, you should have some strong thread, and a kit of different sized sewing needles. A thumb protector is always appreciated for the sewer when making emergency repairs at camp, especially when sewing canvas, leather or thick cotton.
For everything that you bring with you camping, you should have something with you that will help in making emergency repairs in camp. You should have plastic and rubber repair kits for repairing air beds, water mattresses and water toys, like beach balls. A tire repair kit will help to fix a torn volleyball, basketball or soccer ball. Simply using common sense, as well as the force of MacGyver, can help you to use a string and a pop can to repair the space station, let alone some camping gear.
Camp safe. Camp informed.