Going somewhere a bit far? Bring these handyman tools that will surely be handy!


Before we enumerate the tools you have to take with you on your next trip, you should first pick a toolbox. It could be a Japanese sliding lid box, a carpenter’s chest with a top lid, or a suitcase box with a fold-down lid.

Each of these types has its own characteristics, but whatever model you choose, be sure it has enough numbers of trays, drawers, and doors to accommodate the tools you need to bring. You should also consider selecting one that has a few drawers only. Otherwise, it would be so heavy it’s no longer going to be handy.

When traveling, it’s best to keep your tools securely enclosed because exposed ones can damage your other things.

Moving on, here are the necessary tools you have the option to take with you. Remember, before purchasing, always read online reviews of tools to avoid buying something that wouldn’t last a month.  Feel free to add anything like a power tool or remove tools from the list.


  • Tenon saw
  • Tape measure
  • Swiss knife
  • Small hammer 12-16oz
  • Sliding bevel gauge and protractor
  • Screwdrivers
  • Sandpaper
  • chiselmallet

    chisel and mallet

    Portable vise or a clamp

  • Nail set
  • Metal shoulder plane
  • Marking or cutting gauge
  • Jack plane
  • Glue
  • Dovetail saw
  • Dividers or a pencil compass
  • Coping saw
  • Chisel mallet
  • Card scraper
  • Cabinetmaker’s rasp
  • Block plane
  • Bit brace with an auger bit set
  • Bench chisels
  • A mortise chisel
  • 4” combination square or double square
  • 22-24” panel saws – a rip and a crosscut
  • 2 sharpening stones
  • 2 pencils
  • 12” combination square


Before packing tools, make a checklist first so that you don’t forget anything. Also, examine if you really need to bring the tools. If you’re not going to need half of the tools listed above, then you don’t have to. Bring only half of them if you wish. Traveling with a lot of tools can be inconvenient, so it’s crucial for you to inspect whether or not each tool is usually used. Do consider the weight as well. Your toolbox should be comfortable to handle with one hand. Organize the placement of tools in your toolbox as well so that you won’t have any trouble accessing them when you need them. Before carrying the toolbox, make sure it’s entirely closed. You wouldn’t want to rearrange them again after falling on the ground, would you?