Duct tape is one of the most useful things on the planet. It can be used to secure, repair, or build in ways that other materials such as rope, glue, or conventional tape cannot.Because of the hundreds of applications for this miracle material, I have always loved duct tape. I’m especially fond of Gorilla brand duct tape, which has 50% more glue than conventional silver duct tape and adheres to damn near anything.Unfortunately, while convenient to use, duct tape is very inconvenient to carry around. It comes in large, 20-yard rolls with a big hole in the center, which makes the tape take up far more space than it should. When you’re carrying a full bag, that extra space could be crucial.I have found three different ways to easily carry around duct tape: in a mini-roll, a collapsed roll, or on a keychain.A Multi-Use ItemMany of us in the tactical world already have paracord a lightweight nylon cord, originally used in parachutes integrated into our everday carry kit EDC, either as shoelaces or as fancy lanyards and paracord bracelets. This is good, but cordage has limited utility. In three years I have yet to use my survival bracelet or my white paracord shoelaces. Meanwhile, duct tape is very useful in day-to-day life and unlike cordage, it cannot be improvised. You either have it or you don’t.I have been carrying duct tape on my keys now for several months. It holds up great and it has come in handy many times. I’ve used it to fashion an improvised bandage and to remove fine splinters of cactus fruit from skin. The methods outlined in this article will ensure that you always have some duct tape when you need it. And chances are you will need it.