The tape every traveler should carry with them is not duct tapeLast week, my wife (@NatalieDiScala on social) and I hosted a workshop at Pinterest’s headquarters in San Francisco. My talk was on how to find cheap flights and Natalie’s was on packing hacks. The woman is an amazing packer! I chimed in with my hacks and said I always carry duct tape because it can be used for everything from fixing a suitcase to blocking out the little annoying lights found on some air conditioning units to holding the curtains together. I also use it to tape towels to sharp table corners so Jack doesn’t get cut when he’s running around the room like the Tasmanian devil.

Duct tape is amazing. I even saw someone drive by yesterday with duct tape holding their front fender together! However, the big problem with duct tape—which my buddy Spud Hilton (Travel Editor at the San Francisco Chronicle) pointed out—is that it leaves a residue, which is a pain to clean. Spud says he uses gaffer tape instead because it’s just as strong as duct tape and doesn’t leave the nasty residue. Of course, the first thing I did when I returned to our hotel was head to Amazon and purchase a 30-yard roll (two-inches wide) for $10.97.

Sure enough, when we arrived home a couple days later, it was in the mailbox. I’ve now replaced my duct tape with the gaffer tape. It’s not only residue-free but also non-reflective and easy to tear! I highly recommend it for travelers, though not such a large roll. I couldn’t find a travel-size roll, and if you have the same problem, I suggest creating a smaller roll by wrapping the tape around a small object like a straw.



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5 Comments On "The Tape Every Traveler Should Carry Is Not Duct Tape"
  1. Bruce H|

    I use gaffers tape every day. Great stuff. It will leave a residue eventually if you leave it on something for a year or so.

  2. Barron Fujimoto|

    Gaffer tape is great! I use it all the time. From covering up my laptop’s webcam to adding a bit of stealth over the logos on my cameras, it is super-useful! Just a note, however, that over time (say a year), the adhesive can get gummy so you might want to check on it if you leave it a while.

  3. Kathy|

    I saw smaller rolls of gaffer tape on amazon.

  4. steven aguirre|

    Hi jonnie Natalie and Jack
    Just wanted to remind everyone not to carry a roll of tape in thier carry on luggage … I got my new roll trashed at the Manila airport last week!!! I hate waste!!!!

  5. G Tompkins|

    Adding to what Steven said, you will have it confiscated if you try to carry it on the plane!

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