It starts with duct tape, of course, but there are other small items to bring
We know that duct tape is very handy for all sorts of repairs and improvised solutions, as well as decoration. In fact, it's so versatile and well-known that an enterprising company has trademarked a corrupted version of the term, Duck Tape, and sells it under that name. [For those not familiar with it, duct tape is a very sticky, water-resistant adhesive tape with a fabric "matrix" in the tape, which gives it additional strength and allows very little stretch.]
When you are going out on a field or doing an improvised repair job, it's always a good idea to bring some duct tape with you—as the astronauts of Apollo 13 found out.
But I was thinking: what else do I routinely bring when faced with an improvised, unexpected, or unusual repair challenge? Sure, I take tools such as various pliers, screwdrivers (standard and Phillips, or "-" and "+", as someone once called them), or even better, a screwdriver handle with many different bits, plus a knife, a hammer, and an adjustable wrench—but a repair takes more than just the tools, in most cases.
My "take it with me" list includes duct tape, of course, but also:
•Small and large paper clips
•Heat-shrink tubing, both thin-wall and thick-wall, and from skinny (1/8 inch) to large (1-inch or more); I also like the kind that has internal heat-sensitive glue: when you shrink it, the glue melts to form a water-tight seal, and adds rigidity as well
•A handful of nylon tie wraps, medium length, plus a longer, wider one I picked up at a trade show
•Metal hose clamps, small and medium (you can chain these in series for a longer clamp)
•Medium wire, #14 AWG
•Some small screws, nuts, and washers, of various lengths
What indispensable items do you bring in your emergency "just in case" kit, for those hard-to-plan repairs? ?