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ISSUE:  BROKE URL 109
DATE:  February 20, 2003
TITLE: Hobo TRAVEL TIPS - Duct Tape or Duck Tape for Travelers
TIP:  Duct Tape or Duck Tape for Travelers
LOCATION:  In the USA after Thailand

  
~ TODAY’S TRAVEL TIP

BYO - DUCT TAPE
A lot of "HOT AIR."

Duct Tape
An Americanism that is good.

There are parts of culture
that is typically American.
For good or bad. Duct take is 
for the most part an American invention
or a way to recognize an American.
(USA) Easy to buy Duct or Duck tape in the 
USA but not most of the world.

HISTORY

START QUOTE ---
Duct tape was invented for the U.S. Military
during World War II. The original use was
to keep the moisture out of the ammunition 
cases. Because it was waterproof, people 
referred to the tape as “Duck Tape.” Also, 
the tape was made using cotton duck - similar 
to what was used in their cloth medical 
tapes. Military personnel quickly discovered 
that the tape was very versatile and used 
it to fix their guns, jeeps, aircraft, etc. 
After the war, the tape was used in the 
booming housing industry to connect heating 
and air conditioning duct work together. 
Soon, the color was changed from Army green 
to silver to match the ductwork and people 
started to refer to duck tape as “Duct Tape.” 
(By the way, "Duck Tape" is now a registered 
trademark of Duck® brand 
(a division of Henkel Consumer Adhesives) 
in Avon, Ohio.

Adhesive tape (specifically masking tape) 
was invented in the 1920's by Richard Drew 
of Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing, 
Co. (3M). Duck tape (the WWII military version) 
was first created and manufactured in 1942 
(approximate date) by the Johnson and 
Johnson Permacel Division. Its closest 
predecessor was medical tape. (No specific 
person or group of people at Johnson 
and Johnson have been named in the 
development of duct tape. 
Don't ask them... they don't know.)
STOP QUOTE ---

This was taken from an extremely funny and 
humorous page. 
http://www.octanecreative.com/ducttape/DT101/ 
Buy the book...
http://www.hobotraveler.com/recommendedandy.shtml 

DUCT HISTORY 102 - HOBO VERSION
I have visited about 45 countries.
The gas forced air furnace is not normal.
They all seem to have these gas heaters
that are connected to the wall, or
a wood fire. Sometimes hot water heat.
But the vents with the hot air blowing out.
They do not have.

Therefore... They do not have duct tape.
That is why it is an indication of the
United States culture. I am not real clear.
Maybe the hot air part, or the sticky part.
But nonetheless. You go into a hardware
in another country, and ask for duct tape
and you will get that look. We do not have
anything like that, and why... Are you stupid.
They cannot help themselves on the
"are you stupid look." That is their culture.
But I got to admit. I am not going to elevate
duct tape to the level of profound, but I
am adopting it as another backpack friend
to be carried and protected, and not share
unless I am trying to meet the pretty girl
in the next room.

10 REASONS TO CARRY DUCT TAPE.

Note: Duct tape is very sticky.
Not meant to be removed. If you connect
duct take to duck tape. I will become
almost impossible to remove.

1. KEEP THE BAG CLOSED.
People steal. Duct tape will keep your
bag closed. Removed the temptation of
an air baggage person, bus driver,
or practically anybody. You have to 
be motivated to remove duct tape.

Airlines are extremely abusive to baggage.
Almost all my damage to my bag happened
while being on an airplane. This is the
time to use duct tape.

2. KEEP DOOR CLOSED
when I stay in a -1 Star Hotel
on this planet. They often do not have
a lock on the inside. So people can enter
while I sleep and try to kiss me.
Ooops. I guess I hoping about the girl
in the next room. They get drunk and enter
the wrong room. That is more normal.
But sometimes they sneak in and steal
your teddy bear. Duct tape slows them down.

3. SPEAKERS ON BUS
I have been thinking about a cattle prod
or one of them zappers that give a huge
electrical shock to those girls trying to 
rape me. I want to kill either the speaker
or the bus driver. I think I could zap a 
speaker and kill it.

If you sit on a bus for 24 hours in a 
country that just has one level of volume 
for the bus speaker.
LOUD
You want to end your misery.
Take a napkin, toilet paper, or something
and cover the speaker. Tape shut with 
duct tape.

4 BUS AIR CONDITIONER DUCTS
- Tape them shut.
You all think the buses in other countries
are terrible. I have discovered that
some of the best buses in the world are in
some of the poorest countries. 
But what happens with a good bus.
Air Conditioning.

Here I am in the tropics. Hot, sweating
and I get on a bus. The driver is sitting
in the front and the sun is baking him.
He keeps turning up the air conditioning
to get cool. The paying passengers in the
back are freezing. We scream, and holler.
But we are in one of those countries
where life has little value, and we are
cattle, and he is taking us to market.

I defend myself. I sometime just go
threaten him. Works best if you can
speak the language. If you do not speak
the language, and not into to physical
violence. You know a pacifist or self
appointed victim type, than you may
want to USE duct tape. Tape the vents
or ducts shut. This will allow the
cold air to back up in the air conditioning
ducts and maybe reach the driver or
the girl in the bathing suit top in the
seat behind you... Not so bad.

NOTE: I ALWAYS... ALWAYS... ALWAYS
carry a blanket on a bus, train, or
airplane. Any type of transportation.
I am not sure about Camels.

4. HOLD HOTEL CURTAIN CLOSED.
I read this one on some WebPages and stole
the idea. You can tell where they live.
This is a good idea. But if you live in
some of the 3 dollar places. You may use
the tape to make the curtain.

5. IDENTIFY YOUR LUGGAGE.
Put some of the colored duct tape
on your bag. Make a smiley face.
Than that expensive bag you have
that looks like everyone else’s bag
will stop having the identity crisis.

6. WRAP BOTTLES - PLASTIC JARS
I have written a few times about packing
and protecting valuables. I have plastic
coffee jars. Wrap them in duct tape
and they will probably last until the
next airplane flight. Duct tape is like
cloth and flexible. Make a durable and 
unbreakable plastic. 

I got a fight to pick with them airplane
baggage people. They are the worst. 
No wonder those guys advertise luggage where
that gorilla is throwing the luggage. 
It really happens. They want you to buy
a hard bag, and I have a soft backpack.
I understand the commercial.

TIPS ON PACKING.
BROKE URL http://www.hobotraveler.com/newstips043.shtml 
PICTURES OF BOTTLES
http://www.hobotraveler.com/alg_belgium13Aug01protectbreakables.htm 

8. BLISTER AND BANDAGES
Medical tape is a relative of duct
tape. They both have a cloth feel and
do not break. Duct tape will do the same
job, and probably is a lot cheaper.
But... If you are trying to look nice
for the girl next door. Use the medical
tape. 

9. WATERPROOF
I do not know what you want to keep dry.
Film, camera, books, or maybe your
stash of marijuana. Take whatever you
wish to keep dry. Put in plastic bag.
Wrap completely with duct tape.
The tape was originally designed to 
protect the bullets or ammunition in
World War Two. So protect your ammunition.

10. HANDLE
You want to make a knife.
Like in prison. A shive.
You need to protect your hand.
Wrap the handle. You can add
a cover or layer to anything.
It will repair you backpack strap
or protect your hand on a camp
skillet.

11. HOLD THE FLASHLIGHT TO READ.
There should be an international law
that say their should be a reading
light in all rooms, and next to the bed.
But if you are in an tent, or -1 star
hotel. There is a light in the middle
of the room ceiling... If your lucky.
So late at night... 
I read. I need light. I sometime read
by flashlight, candle, or oil lamps.
For safety and to hold the flashlight
just perfect. I tape it in place.

For those of you with the reading
problem. Here is a tip about that
I wrote a few live back.
HOW TO HAVE LIGHT TO READ
BROKE URL http://www.hobotraveler.com/newstips015.shtml 
HOW TO HOLD A LIGHT
http://www.hobotraveler.com/alg_arequipalighthang.shtml 

12. TAPE UP A COVER OF BOOK
I have to repair a lot of books.
I like clear tape. But if I was 
rich, and wanted to reduce the intrinsic
value or my ability to sell or trade the book to 0. 
I would tape it with duct tape.

Note, for those of you that try to
be macho and say you do not need a guidebook.
Tape up that Lonely Planet and no one
will know carry one.
"You are a closet guidebook reader."
You may need a 12 step program.

13. ALTERNATIVE TO ELECTRICAL TAPE.
I carry electrical tape with me.
I can wrap a bottle, or the cap on
the top of shaving cream. I normally
use electrical tape. It is easier to 
remove, and can be used again and again.
While duct tape. Just is too sticky.

14 HOLE THAT LET IN ANIMALS
I had an Iguana come in my window in
Managua, Nicaragua and eat my bag of
bread. Truly a scary experience.
Sometimes there are small holes
that need to be kept closed, or covered.
Most of the problems are cockroaches,
ants, and rats. But in the end mostly bugs.
I have a bounty on them all.

15. ROPE.. Use as a rope.
Fold the tape lengthwise, or against
itself, and you have a rope.

I said 10. But... I gave you more.
But it sounds better if I say 10.

For some more humor on duct tape
Read the Artoftravel.com 10 reasons
to carry duct tape. He did the Goa thing.
I think.
http://www.artoftravel.com/ducttape.htm 

Really excited about duct tape.
Go buy a book about duck tape.
http://www.hobotraveler.com/recommendedandy.shtml 

Just another day in Paradise!
PLAN YOUR ESCAPE... 
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