Packing a Vacation Toolbox

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When you reserved that summer vacation cabin several months back, everything looked and sounded hunky dory─beautiful views, comfortable accommodations, and pretty-much modern conveniences for your summer stay. Don't let your daydreams of perfect relaxation carry you too far from reality, though. Just as with your full-time abode, a vacation rental has its own collection of idiosyncrasies and can present minor fix-it emergencies while you're in residence.
Pack a vacation toolbox with the rest

When you reserved that summer vacation cabin several months back, everything looked and sounded hunky dory─beautiful views, comfortable accommodations, and pretty-much modern conveniences for your summer stay. Don't let your daydreams of perfect relaxation carry you too far from reality, though. Just as with your full-time abode, a vacation rental has its own collection of idiosyncrasies and can present minor fix-it emergencies while you're in residence.

Pack a vacation toolbox with the rest of your family's gear, and you'll be armed for just about any development and free to use your time for well-deserved fun instead of waiting for the arrival of a repair pro. Here's a suggested checklist, ready to be customized for your particular vacation destination.

The Basics

• Hammer

• Screwdrivers (slotted and Phillips)

• Pliers

• Wrenches (socket and adjustable)

• Combo pack of nails and screws

• Tape measure

• WD-40

• Fabric-backed duct tape

• Electrical tape

Safety First

• Flashlights

• Reflective tape

Power Up

• Outlet tester

• Outlet converters (two-prong to three-prong)

• Extension cords in a few different lengths

Seal and Secure

• Painter's putty and putty knife

• Spray-in foam sealer

• Quick-application caulking

• Paddle wire

For Surprises

• Plumbing repair kit containing a variety of washers, bibb screws and O-rings

• Super glue

• Adhesive remover

Cleaning Up

• Magic erasers for wall marks

• Degreasing hand cleaner

• Cleaning wipes (disinfectant, glass, etc.)

With a bit of planning, you can make sure that home improvement emergencies won't steal time away from the rest and relaxation a vacation should be all about!

Note: Tom Kraeutler is the Home Improvement Editor for AOL and host of 'The Money Pit', a nationally syndicated home improvement radio program. To find a local radio station, download the showfs podcast or sign-up for Tomfs free weekly e-newsletter, visit the programfs website.

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