If you’re anything like me, you love to be prepared. I absolutely hate being in a situation where I’m on the road and I reach for a tool I normally have, and it’s not there. In this article, I’m going to breakdown what I think are the car tool must haves, some of which might already be rattling around in your glovebox and door panel storage. I have taken my go to tools, both from the glove box and the garage, and organized them in one easy to access pouch that I can stow in my vehicle. None of what I’m using is the most expensive tool in their category; I don’t necessarily want to have my favorite Leatherman sitting in my car all the time. What all these tools have in common is that they were either already in my car, laying around in drawers and random boxes, procured on the cheap, used, or given to me as gifts. I wanted to utilize what I already have. No need to buy something new that serves the same function of a tool I already own – and the wife appreciates that ;). Why not keep a lightweight vehicle kit and forego any future moments of regret in not having the tools you need. This is your lightweight, only the necessities, kit. The “Mac Daddy” vehicle kit that you want for a long road trip, you know the one with everything but the kitchen sink, that’ll be covered in the next article.
1. ABKT Tac Universal Carry Pouch – It’s great to have everything in one pouch!
2. Mechanix Wear Tactical Original – Nobody likes to get back on the road with dirty hands!
3. Cattleman’s Cutlery Ranch Hand Knife – Not the greatest multi-tool, but it would do in a pinch.
4. Kershaw Blackwash Folding Knife – Comes in a kit with what I’m calling a seatbelt cutter/bottle opener.
5. Uzi Tactical Pen w/Glass punch – Just in case you need to break a window in a hurry.
6. Tire pressure gauge – Check with your tire manufacturer for recommended PSI and check often.
7. Veepeak Wireless OBD2 Adapter – Don’t leave these plugged in, it will kill your battery in short order.
8. Nebo 12v Rechargeable LED Flashlight – Yes, it plugs into your cigarette lighter! How cool is that?!
9. Techlite 200 Lumen LED Flashlight – I actually got this in a 3-pack from Costco for $20.
10. Basic cotton rag – Use it to check your oil.
11. Bic Lighter – You never know when your inner pyro will kick in.
By: Stephen Dumas