Do you have a lot of hiking, climbing, or backpacking gear that looks identical to your friends’ gear? Does it get all mixed up in the car or in camp so you can’t tell what gear is yours? Here’s an easy way to color code your gear with colored duct tape so you can tell what’s yours and what belongs to somebody else.
Pick two or three unique colors and wrap them around all of your gear from bear canisters and carabiners to trekking poles and snowshoes. My colors are red and yellow, as shown above. Colored duct tape is super durable and will last through many seasons of abuse: $10 bucks worth will last a lifetime.
My friend Ken, a guide who works for Redline Guiding in the White Mountains (New Hampshire,) taught me this trick. We have a lot of gear in common that looks pretty similar and this helps identify what belongs to whom quickly. It’s a neat trick that I thought I’d pass along – great for winter hiking and backpacking gear – but the applications are limitless for fishing, hunting, camping, even skiing.