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Multi Utility tools for a backpack

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1. Posted by oudies (Budding Member, 14 posts) 1 Sep '12 05:45

HI

Can you list the most important multi utility tools that we should have for a backpack.

2. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1534 posts) 1 Sep '12 11:00

95% of multitools are 95% useless for 95% of backpackers. Do you really need to tighten a Philips screw or a metal file or a socket set or a Robertson head or an eyeglass screwdriver when you travel? Most people would answer, no.

Multitools are fabulous for some people, but most travellers are much better served by a simple folding knife, a cork screw/bottle opener and a little roll of duct tape and maybe a tube of crazy glue. Consider your needs carefully before buying yet another gadget.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry

3. Posted by DonnieG (Budding Member, 5 posts) 1 Sep '12 11:24

I agree - the most I've ever REALLY needed is a bottle opener or a knife. And both of these are pretty easy to come by if you don't have one. Travel light.

4. Posted by oudies (Budding Member, 14 posts) 1 Sep '12 20:03

don't you consider smartphone a tool with multi utility ??? calls, emails maps, internet, caclulator... what else you can think of..

5. Posted by CheersT (Travel Guru, 1534 posts) 2 Sep '12 13:58

oudies, in English the term multitool generally refers to one thing, something like this: http://www.leatherman.com/

If you're interested in all sorts of gadgets like smartphones, etc. then it would be better to re-word your question.

Have fun.

Cheers,
Terry