A few years ago, I was traveling in Provence in a leased turbo diesel Peugeot. It was an amazing car, but had low clearance that made it a poor choice for driving off road on rough terrain. As someone who occasionally makes poor choices, I did it anyway. The car high centered on a particularly rough stretch, but I managed to get it to my brother’s remote property on a l hilltop above the Ardeche River.
I started smelling diesel shortly after I parked the car, and found that there was a hole in the plastic fuel line. I was about 20 miles from the nearest village, and had no cell or other phone service. If I’d had a Bondic portable plastic welder, I’d have been back on the road in no time. I didn’t have a Bondic portable plastic welder, so I had a very bad day.
I always try to travel with some sort of repair kit, but nothing in my small kit has been as useful as Bondic. As Bondic reminds customers, it is NOT a glue gun. It’s literally a plastic welder. The Bondic uses technology developed by the dental industry to extrude a viscous liquid plastic which can be shaped to fit your repair. The plastic will not dry or harden until it’s exposed to ultraviolet light, which Bondic supplies with a precision tip that lets you shape your weld to fit just about any small repair.
The Bondic plastic welder weighs less than an ounce, and is about the size of a pretty fat pen. At a cost of $19.95, there’s no excuse for not traveling with one of these, particularly if you’re likely to be in remote or undeveloped areas.
You should also consider investing in Bondic plastic welder refills, especially if you’re accident prone, since it may be hard to find them when you’re abroad. Amazon carries them, as do Walmart and Home Depot, but the refills are light and cheap, so you can’t go wrong with a refill or two.