New kit for a new year

Over the last few years I have travelled less and have only done day trails and short trips. As a consequence my kit got a bit mixed up and really needed some straightening out.

In my car I keep a fire extinguisher and basic tool roll, as well as a tow strap (legal version), but not much else. Regular trips to the car wash meant that I had to remove all the stuff each time, so I tended to keep less in the car.

With regards my “catering trunk,” it had been raided so often that I really needed to take stock of everything and sort it out.

With a fully kitted out “catering trunk” and toolbox, there was some duplication. As of late I had used the two containers for storage and simply dumped stuff in them, which meant that I had two of some pieces of equipment and none of others.

In addition, stuff was missing and needed to be replaced and I needed to decide what the best option was. I had numerous knives, two washing bowls and around three coffee making options.

Something had to go to make space and the idea was that I would have two complete “pack and go” kits that I could simply load when travelling.

I devoted some time to putting together the ideal catering trunk and tool box and, once done, they would not be plundered on an ad-hoc basis and would only be used when travelling, in fact I will also do this same exercise with my recovery equipment and first aid kit later.

A person’s kit remains personal, but my main criteria is as follows:

I like a minimalist approach, but do not want to sacrifice the ability to get a job done, as well as the functionality of the items.

I like things that can perform multiple functions, as they tend to take up less space and can still do the work five or six items.

That said, the quality of the function must not be compromised by a multi functional item. If it cuts meat and bread, it must do so equally well, which means I only look at really good stuff, rather than cut corners.

Coffee is important, and in this regard I need to prepare a quick, flavourful brew in equipment that is easy to clean and will travel without breaking. With regards to this, I will consider my glass, in other words, French Press versus a stainless steel version, as well as one or two other options.

Whilst I had to be careful in terms of weight and space, I need to be sure that I pack kits that will exceed expectations and possibly assist if I come across someone else who may have neglected to bring something along.

As the holiday progressed, I set up my new kits and this is what I came up with.

In my Navara I have a tool roll with spanners and screwdrivers, a fire extinguisher and tow strap, as well as a jack, jack handle and wheel spanner – the basics for an emergency around town.

In the box I have assembled the basics of a tool kit for a longer trip that may involve some off-roading. The basics include: two socket sets, a full set of spanners (in the car), screwdrivers (include at least two star and three flat), water repellant spray, pop riveter and rivets, wire, a small bolt cutter and side cutter, duct tape, self annealing tape, electrical tape, vice grip, files (two), pre-drilled bars for emergency repairs, small tyre irons, reusable cable ties, cable ties, globes, allen keys, torx tool, jerry can funnel, jerry can washer, jericho clamps (adjustable), cotton Gloves, paint brush and cloth.

I have a few other items, but I’m still looking for a suitable container for them. These include, Pratley putty, Pratley Quickset glue, selection of nuts and bolts, selection of rubber bushes, Q-Bond adhesive, nylon hose, Flight hand cleaner, small bowl for washing up duties, jumper cables and a Back on Track tyre repair kit.

And a new type of untested tape I saw at Builders Express, which was touted as a fiberglass tape capable of repairing anything.

Please feel free to comment, as I would love to close any gaps in my kit or pick up any tips from other off-roaders. – Glyn Demmer