For a lot of folks, their idea of a repair kit starts and stops with a roll of duct tape. There’s nothing wrong with duct tape, of course. There are countless uses for it. But you may need a bit more. Since your gear can literally be your lifeline if you run into trouble, why not take gear repair a little more seriously by building a dedicate repair kit within your survival kit. Many of these kits have a gear list which includes a few multi-use items, like needles, duct tape and dental floss—all of which can be used for gear repair.
1. Duct Tape
From patching holes in hydration bladders and canteens, to taping your boots back together, duct tape is a modern marvel which can repair or replace hundreds of outdoor camping, hunting and survival items.
2. Floss and Thread
I like to have dozens of yards of each of these in a repair kit. The floss can be the strongest fiber for most repairs, but sometimes a heavy sewing thread can be a better match for stitching clothes, fabrics and gear back together.
Since needles are so easily lost, and easily broken, you’ll need several needles in your repair kit. Stout canvas needles can be used on heavy, coarsely woven materials. Finer needles can be used for most everything else. Throw a few “glover’s” needles in there for leather work, too.
4. Super Glue
A little one ounce tube of super glue can get many items back in working order. You may want to store it in its own plastic bag, in case it leaks.
5. Matches or a Lighter
While a repair kit is a great place to store a back-up fire starter, a small lighter or book of paper matches can also help you fix things by giving you the heat to melt ropes, webbing and other plastic gear.
A couple of buttons may not seem like priority items, but they will after your pants button blows out and you’re left trying to hike with your pants falling down. Trust me—buttons are good.
7. Razor blade
Few things are as sharp as a razor blade, while also staying that small and lightweight. Since repairs often involve cutting materials, a back-up blade can be a valuable asset.
A few feet of small gauge steel wire could be used as a snare, but it can also be used for some types repairs, such as mending fishing equipment, flashlights, etc.
10. Safety Pins
When there’s no time for stitching, you can pin a few safety pins in something which may hold it together for a while longer.
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