While traveling, especially by air, passengers’ bags need to be checked to ensure that they are not in possession of tools and equipment that could be a danger to themselves and other passengers. These tools, of course, include knives and sharp objects.
But it can be very inconvenient to travel without the tools that you need now and then to perform simple tasks. You might need to cut tape, for instance, or tighten a loose screw on your watch. This is where multi-tools come in handy. These are tools that are easy to carry and, even if they do have a sharp edge, they do not pose much of a threat to anybody. They can be put in a wallet or even added to a keychain.
Thankfully, many multi-tools are TSA- approved, making them safe to be included in all your travels. Below are some of the best TSA-approved multi-tools that you can include on your keychain or in your wallet for good travel.
Of all the multi-tools out there, the Doohickey Multi-Tool has been proven to be the most compact and travel-friendly. With its stainless steel material, the Doohickey keychain model resembles a house key and, with its size, it is small enough to fit on any keychain, no matter how crowded the keychain is. The small size also enhances the reliability of the multi-tool, as you can carry it with you everywhere, whether you are traveling or not.
The most interesting feature of the Nite lze keychain multi-tool is the fact that, even if it is very small in size, this multi-tool can be used in five ways. The multi-tool can be a bottle opener, a screwdriver with a flathead, a file, and even a serrated edge, which makes it a great tool for opening packages. The Doohickey multi-tool is only 2.5 inches in size.
It is also very durable, able to withstand any bumps that it goes through every day. A carabiner clip is also available on this tool to enable you to stick it to your bag, belt, or any other hook. It also has a streamlined design that makes it easy to carry and remove from its position.
The Kershaw multi-tool is one of the simplest multi-tools available. It is not conspicuous as it has a very simple design. You can carry it in a bag, purse, in your pocket, and you can also attach it to your backpack. It has multiple functions, which include a bottle and box opener, a flathead screwdriver, and a pry bar.
The Kershaw multi-tool is made of stainless steel, making it very durable and efficient. It is corrosion resistant and you can therefore use it during your outdoor hiking and camping trips. Its grip is quite strong and it has a glass-filled nylon handle for more stability. It is 2.75 inches in size and is, of course, TSA-approved.
The Gerber multi-tool is very unique because, with a size of less than three inches, this multi-tool has seven functions that can be successfully performed using it. This tool can be used as a wire stripper, as dual screwdriver trips, a pry bar, and both a box and bottle opener among other functions. The small 2.8-inch size lets you easily carry it on your keychain.
The Gerber multi-tool is also very durable as it is made from stainless steel that is coated with a single piece of titanium to ensure that it remains light and easy to carry. The titanium nitride coating also makes the multi-tool resistant to corrosion. The Gerber Shard, therefore, has great quality, and its functionality is also perfect for its features. Additionally, it is quite inexpensive and has a limited lifetime warranty.
The SOG multi-tool is one of the most outstanding multi-tools available. It is made unique by a number of factors, the first being its construction. The multi-tool is made of stainless steel with a black 3CR13 finish. This makes it as durable as it is efficient.
The second feature that makes the SOG multi-tool unique is the number of functions it can perform. Being under three inches long, it is impressive that it has more than 12 tools that aid in improving its functionality. Among these tools are bottle and box openers, screwdrivers, and a pry bar.
All 12 features are packed together into a stylish skull shape, which makes this multi-tool even more unique. It has a limited lifetime warranty and won’t cost too much more than the others.
The Gerber Dime multi-tool has a more traditional design as it features standard folding tools. It is very safe to travel with because it lacks any attachments that would make it a danger.
Unlike the other modern multi-tools, the Dime Travel multi-tool lacks a standard knife, blade but it has all the other tools, such as wire cutters, bottle openers, a zipper hook, fine and coarse files, needle nose pliers, and medium and small flathead screwdrivers among others. The Dime Travel multi-tool has more than 10 tools that improve its functionality.
With its small 2.75-inch size, this multi-tool fits perfectly on your key-chain, making it possible for you to carry it with you everywhere.
With a 25-year warranty guarantee, the Leather Piranha 2 pocket tool is one of the most travel-friendly tools that you can own. This multi-tool features more than seven tools including a bottle opener, and stepped hex screwdrivers.
The Piranha is unique as it has been constructed with its own two-sided hex bit with a flathead on one end and a Philip’s driver on the other end. The Leatherman Piranha pocket tool is also slightly larger than the other multi-tools, with a measurement of 3.87 inches.
The Piranha is made from stainless steel and, with its size, the tools are well fitted within it to make it very TSA-compliant.
The Griffin pocket tool is the only multi-tool on our list that is available in a variety of sizes and materials. Although this tool exists in different sizes, they are found in single pieces and they are all still small enough to fit onto key chains. The smallest Griffin pocket tool is three inches, and the largest is 4.2 inches.
With the many sizes and materials, the Griffin pocket tool serves between nine and 15 functions, depending on the model. Tools include rulers, a pry bar and nail pullers, box cutters, stepped hex wrenches, and many more. The largest Griffin pocket multi-tool includes has both imperial and metric measurements.
The Griffin pocket tool is also very versatile when it comes to the construction material. You can purchase models in brass, stainless steel, or titanium.
With the size of a credit card, the Lever Gear multi-tool is made from 420 stainless steel, and it also has a perfect satin finish and permanent graphics that are laser-etched. The size of this tool may seem small, but it has more built-in functions than all the other multi-tools mentioned. The functions of the Lever Pro are more than 40 in total. Some of them include box openers, wrench sizes of different measurements, bottle openers, rulers, and screwdrivers, among others.
With all 40 functions, the Lever Gear Pro only weighs one ounce. For this reason, it can be easily carried in the wallet, making it easy for you to go anywhere with it. The Lever Gear multi-tool is 3.35 by 2.79 inches in size. With its lifetime warranty, you can be sure of a 100% money refund or replacement if anything goes wrong.
It’s a useful, smart buy if you’re looking for a wallet versus keychain model.
The Tactica multi-tool is quite impressive. This is because, at first sight, you may think that this non-folding tool is a keychain carabiner. This multi-tool is very durable as the sturdy stainless steel used to make it has its core wrapped in a composite interior, which makes the multi-tool ultralight-weight. In fact, the M100 multi-tool is 40% lighter than titanium, and it is also very strong, making it the perfect combination for your travels and adventure as you can take it with you always.
Compared to the other multi-tools, the Tactica multi-tool is more stylish and the coating has been enhanced to make it scratch resistant. As to function, it has more than 20 built-in tools for you to use. Some of the tools available are box openers, stepped hex wrenches, and rulers, among others. The M100 multi-tool measures 3.15 by 1.57 inches.
The TT Chopper pocket tool is one of the smallest multi-tools, its size being smaller than a pinky finger. This pocket tool is only 2.25 inches long, making it easy to carry with you everywhere you go. It is also very strong and long-lasting as it is made from strong and solid stainless steel.
Despite being small, the Chopper pocket multi-tool has more than 13 built-in functions, some of them being driver tips, stepped hex wrenches, and bottle openers, among others. It’s a simple one-piece multi-tool with many different functions that aren’t affected by its size.
As the name suggests, the EDC Card multi-tool is capable of fitting into any credit card slot in your wallet. This multi-tool is strong and durable, as it is constructed using military-grade S30VN stainless steel. It’s virtually indestructible.
As a multi-tool, the EDC Card serves more than 30 functions, some of them being rulers, a screwdriver, a bottle opener, and a nail remover. It measures 3.25 by 2.06 inches.
The James Brand Hook keychain multi-tool is considered the most beautiful multi-tool ever made, due to its ability to balance its function and form. It is uniquely made from sturdy billet titanium, which is ultralight but also very durable. Its black Cerakote finishing enhances its style.
Being less than 3 inches in length, the multi-tool is easy to carry on your key chain and it has more than five functions, a few of them being that it can be used as a screwdriver, a pry bar, a bottle opener, a ruler, and a keychain. It is also TSA- compliant, making it quite acceptable for travel.
If you are feeling adventurous, then the classic Victorinox Swiss Army Jetsetter pocket knife is the right tool to have. With its multi-tool properties, the pocket knife can be used for seven functions, some of them being scissors, a bottle opener, a screwdriver, and a pry bar among other functions.
Since it is made of stainless steel encased in red ABS scales that are perfectly polished, the Victorinox knife is very durable. It weighs only 776 ounces with a length of 2.28 inches and a height of 3.54 inches. This means that this multi-tool pocket knife is small enough to be carried on a keychain, and you can, therefore, carry it with you anywhere you go.
With a lifetime warranty, the Victorinox Jetsetter knife is guaranteed to serve you for a very long time.
The CRKT Viva EDC stainless steel multi-tool is four inches long and it can be used as a pry bar, a flat screwdriver, and even a hex wrench. The most important aspect of this everyday carry product is that the hex wrench comes in 5 sizes, making the CKRT multi-tool very versatile and efficient for that purpose.
The design of this multi-tool is also very unique as it features a ring that serves two purposes. The ring can be used to hold the EDC multi-tool steadily on your finger and also keep it at its place on your belt or wherever else you choose to carry it.
The CKRT multi-tool is made of stainless steel and since it only weighs 0.64 ounces, it is easy to carry around with you without any problems.