One lesson that our trip to Africa taught us is that we can get by with a lot fewer tools and spares. The stuff we brought definitely saved a lot of hassle a few times, but we would have survived with out it. That said, small useful things are still coming with, especially an assortment of bolts, in the event a wheel falls off our car... again.
Pictured to the right is the side storage compartment in our 4Runner. It is small, but it fits a surprising amount of stuff.
The second place we are storing tools is under the passenger-side rear seat. This is the standard storage place for the stock bottle jack and lug wrench. And a very easy place to access in case we want to make a repair without unloading the back. We were pleasantly surprised to see there was a lot of extra room under the seat, enough to fit a decently sized set of tools.
Jessica, our team seamstress, was put to work sewing nylon bags and tool cases that we could easily wrap and tie closed. This saved us the wasted space of a tool box but still kept everything organized neatly under the seat.
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