Choosing the right tool bag
If you don’t already own a basic tool kit, it might be practical for you to buy a tool bag that comes complete with a set of standard tools that you’re likely to use at one time or another, such as a screwdriver, hammer, spanner and pliers. However, if you’ve already got your own collection of tools, you’ll want to figure out exactly which tools you want to fit in the bag before buying one, so that you choose a bag that’s big enough to accommodate them all. In order to keep your tools organised and protected, you’ll also want a bag with different compartments that can accommodate all of your tools while keeping them organised.
If you only want to put a few lightweight tools in a carrier, a small tool roll or pouch may be perfect for you. However, if you’re planning to carry fairly heavy tools, it’s best to choose a solid-based bag that’s made from a heavy-duty material with strong, reinforced handles to prevent the bag from ripping. If you go for a rucksack or shoulder bag, make sure that the straps are adjustable for maximum comfort, and if you think that you may struggle to lug a heavy tool bag around, look for one with wheels to make it more easy to manoeuvre.
If you’re going to be working outside, near a body of water or close to a water source, get a waterproof tool bag to protect your tools from rain, splashes and spills. If you anticipate working in a dirty environment or in a confined space, you may not want a tool bag or roll that needs to be laid out, but rather a bag with a fold-out frame that will keep the base elevated. Likewise, a tool bag, pouch or roll with hooks that can be attached to a wall or railing would also be good options for smaller spaces. If you tend to do a lot of dirty jobs, buy a dark-coloured canvas bag that can be wiped down easily - you’ll thank yourself later!