“A spare glass sediment bowl makes an excellent tot glass”
jacks and you can get aluminium racing jacks from the likes of Snap-on or Sealey that are half the weight of a regular trolley jack.
Aside from the obvious stuff like fan belts and fuel pumps, I never travel without four specific items. Number one is a gear lever. They do break and you’re absolutely buggered if you don’t have a spare. Same with the glass sediment bowl in the fuel line: if you drop it and it shatters, you’re banjaxed. The spare also makes an excellent tot glass. A set of extra wheel nuts is always handy. Yes, you can borrow a few from other wheels in an emergency, but it’s safer not to. And finally, I carry a spare sump plug. Losing all your oil can be terminal – we once had a case where the oil pressure switch vibrated off and the first thing we knew about it was when the engine started knocking.
Otherwise, it’s amazing what you can do with a bit of ingenuity. Need a bolt? Your Land Rover was built with a rich selection of nuts and bolts, some of which can be robbed in an emergency. You don’t need two bolts to hold a bonnet hinge on. However, I always carry a bag of assorted fastenings, plus a selection of electrical connectors and so on. For carrying bits and pieces like these and some basic tools, I use the cubby bag from a Discovery 1. You can stick your paperwork in the outer pocket and it’s just the right size for carrying into the ferry lounge or hotel…