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Field Repair Kit

A Field Repair Kit need not take up much room but it will prove invaluable if you want to ensure your holiday runs smoothly and even quite major repairs can be undertaken in the field with a little skill and the right tools.

Clive Garrett checks out his emergency kit…

Junior hacksaw and multitool with screwdriver bits take care of most jobs. A small file and scissors are useful additions if not on your multitool. A small selection of sand paper and Wet And Dry smooths off any rough edges.

• Gorilla tape – general repairs.
• Sail tape – fabric repairs.
• Tenacious Tape – almost evereything, including inflatables.
• Tear Aid – Type A for fabric and inflatables; Type B for vinyl windows.
• Self amalgamating tape – electrical, pipes and reinforcing repairs on air connecting tubes.

• Glues and patches for fabric repairs.
• Alcohol wipes to prepare a surface – clean off grease.

Two great products for DIY jobs and repairs include Sugru − a rubber compound that can be moulded and then sets.Also, the polymorph plastic beads that melt at a low temperature (hot water) enabling the resulting globule to be moulded before setting as it cools. I wish I could remember where I got mine from, but they are easy to find online nowadays, including multi-coloured options from Amazon.

Whipping twine, waxed cord and needles take care of most repairs ranging from split poles to fabric holes. My home kit includes sail maker needles and palm for bigger, more permanent jobs.
Clingons help repair eyelets and, when used with Cam cleats and the spare guys, help rig and set a tarps.

A good selection of guys, cord runners and pegging elastic/rubbers.

Various sprays take care of cleaning, DWR replacement and seams.

I add items like batteries and spare mantles and regulators depending on camping gear used.

All pack neatly into a small box ready for action. The yellow lid stands out amongst the camping kit.