9 Must-Have Tools On The Road

Unexpected breakdowns can bring any adventure to a halt. Especially when ill-equipped to solve the more common problems everyone experiences on the road. That is why this list of "9 Must-Have Tools" was created from personal experiences on the road. From a quick leak repair to five-hour long sand rescues, equipping yourself with these tools will help when your "in a pickle".


Whether replacing a head gasket, or simply installing some new spark plugs wouldn't it be nice if there was one car manual you could turn to with every "how to" imaginable. Say hello to the number one most quintessential item on our list, and perhaps the most helpful piece of automotive literature ever written. From diagnosing, repairing, and even keeping track of your maintenance with an included repair log, the Chilton/ Haynes Manuel is all you need to go from novice to full on mechanic in an instant! While the material may take some getting used to as it is rather technical, step by step guides with pictures aid you every step of the way. An absolute must have for anyone on the road! (Link to RockAuto.com)

2. Jumper Cables

The next item on our list is one you might've guessed, jumper cables!. Easily worth the cost there an absolute staple when out on the road. Plus your bound to run into someone at one point or another in need of a jump, and be a hero. You never know, they might help "spark" a new relationship.

(Link to recommended jumper cables on amazon)


Make sure it's heavy duty, we recommend Gorilla tape. Enough said. (Link to Gorilla Tape)


You may run into conditions where airing your tires down about 10-20% would be ideal for increased traction. Although, how are you supposed to fill them back up again?. Oh yeah, by using a 12v Pump! Keeping long-term costs down with proper maintenance of your vehicles tires. (Link to recommended 12v Air Pump)


Having spent some time being a locksmith myself, trust me when I tell you these are the LAST people you want to call in the event you happen to get locked out of your vehicle (unless you like spending money that is). To avoid this, simply tape a spare key somewhere inconspicuous like underneath your vehicle. Make sure not to put it next to metal that heats when driving. There is also a linked magnetic holder you can buy that works well. (Link to magnetic spare key holder you can hide on your vehicle)



The human body can go 21 days without food, but two to seven days without H20. It's vital for life, so it's vital to have on the road. Not only to survive, but for your miscellaneous needs. I found 12- gallons to be convenient enough for me and one other to last until the next grocery run, totaling 5-7 days off grid. The human body requires 1/2 a gallon a day, multiplied by the number of people living with you. Carrying 12 gallons as an individual gives you ~24 days maximum but realistically around 14 days. Obviously you'll be conscious of your personal usage and adjust accordingly. My motto, especially with water, safe is always better than sorry.

(6-gallon water cans are available at Walmart as well)



It's impossible to list even a fraction of the ways in which you can manipulate paracord to serve your needs. It's reusable, sturdier than rope and willing to stretch as far your imagination will take it. My most recent uses have been laundry lines, hanging brake calipers, and to hang black-out curtains. (Link to recommended paracord)


Besides saving you money on repairs while out on the road ,Equipping yourself with a tool-set expands your ability to make repairs on your own making you more self sufficient. An essential characteristic of the more apt and adaptable travelers on the road

(Link to recommended socket set)


Protecting your vehicle's health is paramount in any adventure, but making sure you're prepared for the road as well is just as important. While the 9 must have tools for yourself on the road would be a whole other post. It's important to take care of burns, cuts, scrapes, and bruises while on the road. Personally I have burned my hand grabbing pans, cut myself on the edge of metal, and bruised myself falling out the side of my van. I am on the more clumsy side of the spectrum, but it's still a must have for everyone. (Link to recommended first aid kit)


The last must have tool for the road is your mind, your attitude. Knowing that in all situations the only course of action is to do your best and stay relaxed. The mind being a large tool to hone and taking too much time for this blog post. A recommendation that has prepared me for the inevitable hardships of the world is Stoicism.