Packing a Vacation Toolbox
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.
Screwdrivers (slotted and Phillips)
Wrenches (socket and adjustable)
Combo pack of nails and screws
Fabric-backed duct tape
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
Plumbing repair kit containing a variety of washers, bibb screws and O-rings
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 showfs podcast or sign-up for Tomfs free weekly e-newsletter, visit the programfs website.