You just never know when you or a buddy will need a pry bar. We've seen them used on all sorts of mishaps from rearranging sheet metal to removing stuck parts. Their small diameter make storage easy.
At least a couple of sizes will help insure that you can cover the big and small size jobs. From Northern Tools, http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/ ... _200344788
and http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/ ... _200392496
3-Lb. DRILLING HAMMER (or mini sledge)
by Estwing (http://www.estwing.com/s_drilling_hammer.php
This hammer will come in handy for a lot of everyday chores, including driving tent and shower enclosure stakes, persuading difficult-to-remove parts, driving grounding rods, and a lot more.
From the Estwing website:
The Drilling Hammer has a bonded and molded Shock Reduction Grip® which offers the utmost in both comfort and durability, while reducing vibrations caused by impact. The head and handle are forged in one piece and have an attractive blue UV coating, both faces are fully polished. For use with chisels, punches, star drills and hardened nails. Permits heavy blows with limited swing.
Bolt cutters can come in very handy in the most unusual circumstances, from cutting a padlock for which you have lost the key to cutting cables and heavy gauge wire. In emergencies, (such as fires), it can be used to cut wire fences that prevent escape to safety. Well made (in the USA) bolt cutters are available from Home Depot, http://www.homedepot.com/p/H-K-Porter-3 ... /205367456
. From their website:
A high quality multimeter can become your best friend when it comes to trouble shooting automiootive or Ham radio problems. Do your self a favor and invest in a quality unit, made in the USA. Klein Tools makes just such units. Hers is an example of one of their multimeters, http://www.kleintools.com/catalog/multi ... -nist-cert
NUTS AND BOLTS
I spent a week one day in the charming town of Baker, CA as I was waiting for my vehicle to be repaired. All went well until the mechanic realized that he had everything he needed to get me back on the road, except the one bolt that would make it happen. My options were to wait until he ordered the part from Las Vegas, which would take no more than 5 days, or ........... well, that was really my only option. That is until I realized that I had the foresight to put together a good assortment of bolts, nuts, washers and similar stuff (including some grade 8 bolts.) The one bolt I had that would work was not a perfect fit but it was safe and was more then enough to get me home. End of story. I can offer two pieces of friendly advice: 1)carry some extra hardware, cause you just never know when it will come in handy, and 2) don't stay overnight in Baker.
ONE OF THE GREATEST TRAIL TOOLS EVER INVENTED - DUCT TAPE
It's uses are endless and if it isn't working for you, then you are probably not using enough!! Very little needs to said about duct tape except there are some heavy duty brands, made by 3M, Nashua and Scotch that should be considered. There are some outstanding, so-called, 100 MPH duct tapes that perform quite well, but be careful as there are some knock off brands that are junk.