Nalgene Duct Tape Mod

Here’s a photograph of my favorite Nalgene OTG bottle that as you can see I’ve slightly modified.  I’ve been carrying short lengths of duct tape on my backpacking drinking bottles for a long time now, it comes in very handy in a pinch and my water bottle is typically always within easy reach unlike carrying one of those a little rolls of duct tape in with my first aid kit or goodies bag somewhere deep inside my pack.

Photo: Nalgene Duct Tape Mod

The great thing about this simple little mod (you really just wrap duct tape around your bottle) is that the tape stays put no matter how long you leave it on your bottle and doesn’t even come loose with multiple washings – which is good and bad.  I typically cut the tape into different widths (see the narrow white strip at the bottom) and use multiple colors to have extra options. Great for all manner of emergencies!

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  • porchdog

    you know Brian this is why i like your blog, your not one of those folks thats gotta have everything clean and perfect you go after the function of the items you carry, and thats what in the end, its all about,people dont need designer water bottles and yuppy items that look cool but are useless in the field, thank you for the time and effort you put into these reviews and posts, i know your time is limited, but its nice every day to see something else on your blog to look at, just wanted to tell you after seeing your post on fire starting my friend and i purchased the REI stormproof matches, man im impressed those babies are an EDC with me from now on, keep them coming my friend, Porchdog

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09628095804170935682 Brian

    Thanks porchdog! I’m a big believer that form follows function and not the other way round. I evangelize this as part of my day job and try to do the same here with my observations on what works for me and what doesn’t work. The REI matches are amazing aren’t they. Snag a few boxes because they sell out in the REI stores pretty fast :-)

  • Aawwff

     Looks like a good idea. Much easier to remove tape from such a wide surface as opposed to a trekking pole which is where I keep my tape. 

    Have you noticed any difficulty in seeing how much water you have left due to the tape? I like keeping track of how much water I’m drinking.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

       This is a pretty extreme example more for a nice photo opportunity, I generally don’t carry that much tape on a bottle. I agree that being able to see the water level is very important.

  • Aawwff

     Looks like a good idea. Much easier to remove tape from such a wide surface as opposed to a trekking pole which is where I keep my tape. 

    Have you noticed any difficulty in seeing how much water you have left due to the tape? I like keeping track of how much water I’m drinking.

  • bfgreen

     This is a pretty extreme example more for a nice photo opportunity, I generally don’t carry that much tape on a bottle. I agree that being able to see the water level is very important.

  • Erik

    Brian, I know its an older post, but I was wondering if your bottle leaks at all (I have the same one and mine leaks HORRIBLY). Great idea too

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Hi Erik, I’ve never had any issues with my Nalgene bottle leaking and the one you can see in the blog post has been through hell and back.

      I know that all Nalgene bottles have have one of the best guarantees out there, so I would suggest that you contact the retailer you bought it from or go directly to Nalgene. Here’s what I found:

      The NALGENE Outdoor Products Warranty:
      NALGENE Outdoor Products are guaranteed to be leakproof. Our hydration packs and bladders are also of superior quality. If one should fail to perform properly, return it for a replacement to:

      NALGENE Warranty Replacements
      75 Panorama Creek Dr.
      Rochester, NY 14625

  • Erik

    Brian, I know its an older post, but I was wondering if your bottle leaks at all(I have the same one and mine leaks HORRIBLY)

    Great idea too

  • http://www.briangreen.net/ Brian Green

    Hi Erik, I’ve never had any issues with my Nalgene bottle leaking and the one you can see in the blog post has been through hell and back.

    I know that all Nalgene bottles have have one of the best guarantees out there, so I would suggest that you contact the retailer you bought it from or go directly to Nalgene. Here’s what I found:

    The NALGENE Outdoor Products Warranty:
    NALGENE Outdoor Products are guaranteed to be leakproof. Our hydration packs and bladders are also of superior quality. If one should fail to perform properly, return it for a replacement to:

    NALGENE Warranty Replacements
    75 Panorama Creek Dr.
    Rochester, NY 14625

  • Brent

    I know this is a very old post, but I wanted to mention that I usually do the same thing with old hotel room keys. Small, easy to carry in a pocket, and you can actually get a lot of tape on them.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Brent, oh that’s a clever use for those. Thanks for sharing :)

  • deganu

    form follows function huh? utilikilt by chance?

  • Josh

    Just a small comment on this line, “…the tape stays put no matter how long you leave it on your bottle…”. I went backpacking this weekend and needed to use some duct tape that I had brought. It was a self-rolled roll of tape that I had made a long time ago. The tape was useless. When I unraveled it, it was falling apart and had no adhesive left. While the tape appeared to be fine, it wasn’t when I went to use it. So, there is a shelf life if you plan on reusing it.

    • http://www.briangreen.net Brian Green

      Umm.. technically it does stay put, but yeah it becomes useless after a period of time. Definitely worth taking a note of that and replacing it before a long trip or on a regular yearly basis. Thanks for the heads up and clarification.