Country Lore: Pack Your Own Emergency Travel Kit

For emergencies, keep a small travel kit of useful items in your car. A pencil case filled with a dozen or so small items can be a useful and valuable mini tool kit.
By Robert McCauley
June/July 2008
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Many of us, while traveling, encounter minor mishaps that require repairs to our clothes or gear. For example, you may lose a button, or perhaps one of the screws on the frame of your glasses loosens.

For such emergencies, you need a travel tool kit. The travel kit should be compact and contain useful items. My own travel kit includes the following items that all fit into a zippered pencil case:

Swiss Army knife or Leatherman tool
Baggie ties
Tube of contact cement
Hank of string
Mini roll of duct tape, wrapped around a permanent marker
Jeweler’s screwdriver
4 spring clothespins
Needle and thread
Assorted rubber bands
Small LED flashlight

You may want to add or subtract items according to your personal needs. If you are traveling by air, it is important not to place this mini tool kit in your carry-on bag.

Robert McCauley
Kitchener, Ontario

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