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24 Items For Your Fix It Kit


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The material world that we rely on for comfort and security is created out of a finite number of materials and with some thought and ingenuity it should be possible to repair, attach, connect, hold together, tie down or tie up or even create some of our own forms of comfort and security when circumstances suddenly become less than ideal. It should be relatively simple to repair a tarp or tent, a split pipe or a fishing rod or tent pole, to rig up a support or a hook, and so on, and for that you need a Fix It kit!

When our children were young we arrived one evening at a remote camping lodge which we had not realized was off the grid. We had matches with us but had not brought a flashlight or other source of light (this was in pre-prepper days!). My husband located an empty tin can in the trash pit and improvised a lamp in it with diesel from our truck and a wick made from a strand from the frayed door mat. The light was dim and it smelt terrible and but was considerably better than no light while making supper and getting grumpy children to bed.

On another trip into a remote area our fan belt broke – and we were able to travel back to civilization with a fan belt improvised out of a pair of shorts belonging to one of our boys.

I won’t tell any more anecdotes of this sort – in case you think we never make a proper plan in advance and so have to resort to these weird solutions – but many years of rugged wild camping in places far from any form of civilization has taught me the following lesson. One of the most simple and cheap ways to prepare for uncomfortable scenarios is to put together a kit that will make it possible to improvise solutions in virtually any situation.

The first component of such a kit is a few tools, or a multi-tool that will perform multiple functions – because often you have to cut, bend, twist and in other ways adapt your materials.

The second component is a collection of fix-it materials such as:

  1. Cable ties – assorted sizes
  2. Clothes pegs
  3. Cotton wool buds – for cleaning out small spaces
  4. Duct tape – or some people prefer “gaffer tape”
  5. Elastic bands – an assortment
  6. Electric cable – twin flex (about 3’)
  7. Fabric, maybe a square of 2’ by 2’.
  8. Fuse wire
  9. Fuses – plug and car
  10. Glue – an epoxy glue that will glue most things to most other things (Note – This type of glue does not stay effective for too long – you will need to be updating it regularly.)
  11. Inner tube – this magic substance can be cut up and glued as patches on things that are supposed to be water-tight or air-tight but it can also be wrapped around something that needs to be joined and very effectively tightened because of its elastic properties.
  12. Insulation tape
  13. Lighter
  14. Lubricating oil
  15. Nails – a small assortment from some tacks (or drawing pins) to a couple of large cut nails for hammering into a wall)
  16. Pencils – a couple of robust ones (like builder’s pencils) can have uses as small pieces of strong wood apart from their writing uses
  17. Plastic bags – ziplocs and trash size
  18. Safety pins – assorted, from tiny (e.g. for securing a bandage) to large and robust (e.g. for repairing a rucksack strap)
  19. Scalpel blade
  20. Screws – a small assortment, for wood and metal
  21. Sewing kit (couple of needles & some fairly tough thread)
  22. Adhesive Putty
  23. String – heavy-duty cotton string
  24. Wire (bailing wire – about 3’) –thick enough to be able to create, for example, a hook on the end of a length that can be pushed through the rubber seals of your car door to unlock your car (unless you have a fob of course!).

I am sure you are getting the idea and could add your own Fix-It items – but I did a survey of the opinions of a couple of serious Fix-It types and they maintained that my list was far too long and contained far too many duplications of function. The following is their pared-down list for the seriously prepared:

  • A multi-tool and then
  • Baling Wire
  • Duct tape
  • Inner tube
  • Lighter
  • Rope
  • Twin-flex

I will leave it up to you how much comfortable redundancy you want in your Fix-It kit!

This Fix-It Kit does not need to take up a great deal of room and should be able to fit into a modest-sized Tupperware box.  The most bulky piece will be the duct tape.

fix it kit


The most advanced form of survivalism is having only this kit and creating everything else with it but that does mean that everything will take more time and energy.  Choices, choices!

In the same spirit, see below for a handy life hack!

Kate P

I have always had an urge to “be ready’ for emergency situations. To my delight, I discovered the term “prepping” and that there is a community out there willing to learn and share information on a subject close to my heart. I also discovered how entwined self-sufficiency and homesteading are with prepping!

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