Backcountry Repair Kit
Carrying a general field repair kit makes you more self-sufficient. This is particularly important on long or remote trips. Think of it as a first aid kit for your gear. Having the minimum number of items will let you limp back to the trailhead. Adding luxury and sport-specific additions may let you continue your trip with style.
- duct tape.
- big needle and thick nylon thread (or dental floss).
- big rubber bands.
- swiss army knife.
- alcohol pads for degreasing or cleaning gear for repairs.
- safety pins.
- pole sleeve.
- 25 centimetre square of no-see-um-netting for repairing holes in tents, packs, clothing.
- sandpaper for roughing up areas to be glued.
- Inflatable matress repair kit.
- 5 to 6 metres of thin cord.
- 1 metre or more of stovepipe wire or mechanic's wire to fix bindings, rudders, etc.
- super glue.
- epoxy that cures at low temperatures.
- pole segment.
- stove kit.
- ladder and slider buckles, with a slot cut into the support so it can be slid over closed loops.
- 1 metre of accessory webbing.
- ripstop nylon and polyester scraps to repair clothing.
Sport-Specific Repair Kit Additions
- Park tool.
- patch kit.
- spare tube.
- spoke wrench.
- allan keys, low-profile screwdriver, and socket bits for your boat.
- small gripping wrench.
- spare stainless steel nuts, bolts, and washers for your kayak.
- 2 spare rudder cables, pre-cut for your boat.
- several copper crimpon fittings, and heat-shrink tubes or tape for rudder cable fixes.
- marine-grade epoxy glue for repairing very small holes and sticking parts back together.
- awl for heavier sewing jobs such as sprayskirts.
- Aquaseal® for waterproofing seams and patches on clothing, tents, or drybags.
- small, solid, watertight protector case to keep tools and materials together.
For fibreglass or fibreglass/Kevlar kayaks:
- 30cm square of fibreglass cloth.
- epoxy (polyester or vinylester) resin used for your boat. (Carry two-part resins in two plastic 35mm film canisters – seal the lids with duct tape.)
- small paintbrush with cut-down handle to apply resin to fibreglass cloth and brush grit off a repair after sanding.
- 2 pairs latex gloves to keep epoxy resin off your skin.
- multi-tool saw or half a hacksaw blade to trim and smooth holes prior to patching.
- Aquamend® Wet Surface / Underwater Epoxy Putty to repair smaller holes. or cracks.
For plastic kayaks:
- Quikplastik™ Epoxy Putty Plastic Adhesive (does not adhere to wet surfaces or polyolefin plastics).
- pocket multi-bit tool with 1/4" hex shank, 5/32" drill bit for re-drilling skis.
- appropriate screwdriver bits for your bindings. (#3 posidrive, T-20 torque bit, etc.)
- self-tapping binding screws
- spare binding parts.
- golf tees (scrape the paint off) as wooden dowels for plugging screw holes.
- hose clamps for ski pole repair or ski tip repair.
See also Survival Essentials.