Tools for Vacation Homes: Knowing What to Pack

Pack items to ensure comfort at your home away from home

Packing tools for a vacation home ensures that your daydreams of perfect relaxation become a reality. Just as with your full-time abode, vacation homes have their 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.

Vacation Home ToolboxThe 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

Tools to 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
  • GREAT STUFF™ Insulating Foam Sealant for drafts in vacation homes
  • 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.)

Plan ahead by packing tools for your vacation homes toolbox, and home improvement emergencies won't steal time away from the rest and relaxation of your vacation!

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