After being inspired by the movies, reading tool buying guides, and purchasing the right tools for you, you might wonder how you should take a trip with your devices especially if you’re a handyman who needs to do work someplace else—whether near or far.
Another reason why you have to take them with you is that you can’t live without a few tools near you. After all, you’ll never know when you need to fix something, right? It’s better to be sure by bringing your tools with you; it’s one way to avoid regrets.
Today, we’ll tackle the issue comprehensively.
Traveling by Car, Train, and Boat
To take a road trip with your tools, you must be sure the tools are secure in a durable toolbox that won’t open or be drastically moved every time your car hits a road bump. You can take any tool with you if you travel by car as long as the car can handle your weight plus your tools’ weight. If you want to travel by train, you have to consider the security checks and the weight of the toolbox. You should also pack them correctly. The same goes for traveling by boat—you have to think twice if you can handle that heavy toolbox and if the boat can too. Bear in mind that a handy toolkit should be carried using one hand only. Otherwise, it will no longer be handy and convenient. To be safe, always take your handyman ID or certification with you so that the security personnel won’t question your need for those tools.
Traveling by Airplane
You can’t place saws, drills, blades, knives, box cutters, screwdrivers, and pliers in your carry-on bag. All these tools are prohibited from all cabins. You could, however, put them in the luggage. Always inspect if their packaging is secured. You wouldn’t want your other stuff to get damaged, and you also wouldn’t like it if the inspectors get hurt because of your improperly packaged tools.
Also, know that some tools are subject to size and weight limitations. Tools that are too big and heavy like crowbars, hammers, hatchets, axes, and cattle prods might be banned. To be sure, check if the terminal allows it. Some terminals let you travel with these tools after they’ve been checked in. Remember that airports have different rules, so you should check their website first before you make a checklist of the tools you ought to bring with you.
Lastly, just as when you travel by car, train, and boat, you should also take your handyman ID or certificate with you when you’re about to travel by airplane.