It’s easy to see why a multi-tool is an essential piece of camping gear. From cracking open a cold one to slicing up paracord, a multi-tool has every blade, screwdriver and gadget you need to perform day-to-day tasks while camping.
Ever heard of the Swiss Army Knife? You probably have and with good reason. Camping multi-tools offer a mind-boggling amount of flexibility with the wide array of tools at your disposal. Straight blades, serrated blades, saw blades, screwdrivers, bottle openers, can openers, pliers, wire strippers and scissors – the list goes on. There are only a few circumstances where you’ll find yourself not being able to use your camping multi-tool.
When looking for your next multi-tool, it is important to consider what you might be using it for. If you plan on travelling overseas for example, a bladeless multi-tool will be needed to pass airport security. If you plan on camping in the snow, select a multi-tool that is made from non-corrosive and rust-resistant materials. Do your research beforehand and bring the appropriate multi-tool on your next adventure.
There are four common types of multi-tools; folding, pocket, keychain and one-piece.
Folding multi-tools are the most common type of multi-tool on the market. They feature a collapsible design and often feature the most tools on any multi-tool platform. The classic Leatherman is a popular example of a folding multi-tool.
Pocket multi-tools house all their gadgets in a single package. They are lightweight, compact and designed to fit in your pocket without tools bulging from the sides.
Keychain multi-tools are mini versions of folding multi-tools. They are far smaller and only offer the most important tools inside the device. They are designed to be attached to your car or house keys.
One-piece multi-tools are often designed to fit inside your wallet and occupy a space around the same size as a credit card. They are typically made from laser cut steel and feature basic tools such as allen key heads and a bottle opener.
Whatever camping multi-tool you choose, be sure to check out our guide to planning a trip that actually goes to plan for other great ideas to use on your next big adventure.