Duct tape is renown for its usefulness. No argument there – I keep rolls in my vehicles, snowmobiles, ATVs, etc. for emergencies.
Interestingly, it sucks for use on actual ducts. I tried that many years ago only to have the tape completely fall off after several months.
I was introduced to Gaffer Tape many years ago by a professional photographer friend. It is typically my go to tape these days.
It is easier to tear, a bit more like cloth so it conforms better if you aren’t taping flat surfaces, and best of all it doesn’t leave a mess when you remove it.
It is more expensive than duct tape, so I still keep cheap duct tape in my vehicles for emergencies. But around the house, gaffer tape is my go to tape.