Light It Up with Duct Tape for Your Emergency Bag

We all know that Duct Tape has 1001 uses – even Mythbusters¬†showed us how to make life on a deserted island survivable with it. But try carrying that huge roll of duct tape in your EDC and you’ll find that you are better off just doing without (*gasp*). It may very useful to you in any emergency situation.

On Friday afternoons, we have a time in school called Preparedness Fridays, where we tackle a preparedness activity to learn from as we build our skills and build our preps. This week, we tackled Duct Tape. It was very informative that is why I want to share it with you. It is very easy to do.

Light it Up with Duct Tape {Mom with a Prep}

How to Make a Lighter Duc Tape: Tutorial

I’ve seen this hack around the internet before and thought that it would be a perfect introduction to our new project schedule. It was easy enough to do, gave the kids a sense of accomplishment at doing their own project, and increased the effectiveness of our EDC without adding 3 more pounds of equipment.

  • Take a roll of duct tape and unroll it about 6″. It helped me to brace it between myself and the desk to keep it steady.
  • Lay your Lighter (or whatever other object you’d like to wrap) perpendicular to the tape. It is important to do so to keep from spiraling the tape down the length of your lighter or creating bubbles as you try to straighten.


  • Begin to wrap your lighter with the duct tape – slowly so that you can get the alignment just right.
  • Wrap the lighter with as much duct tape as seems right to you. The more you wrap, the thicker your lighter is which might be fun to stuff in a bug-out bag, but not necessarily in your pocket.

Thing to Remember About Your Lighter Duc Tape

We have found, over time, that the lighter done in this fashion and kept in the pocket tends to get gunky and gummy over time. Body heat slowly melts the adhesive and everything gets sticky. So we’ve since decided that the uber-wrapped lighters will be for our emergency bags, and the lighters will be unwrapped for our pockets. It was great information for us to learn so that we can carry that forward in our preparations for other things. It is a very creative way to save space inside your emergency kit.

We’ve also since tried wrapping a credit card with a few layers of tape, which didn’t gunk up as much as the lighter did. However, it was a little awkward for the menfolk to carry. However, it takes an innovative mind to get through difficult and unexpected situations. Be sure to prepare yourselves!

See more ways to teach your kids preparedness skills here!

Teaching our kids preparedness & survival skills doesn't mean we have to take them out to the woods and drop them off and hope they make it back home. Little moments here and there can be used to learn a new skill or technique, together.

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