Now keep in mind when I made this list, you have to understand I am a dad with two boys who are 6 and 4 years old.  If you have daughters or older or younger children, your list might be different, but I have no way of telling.  If you do have a different list, leave a comment below and let us know.  The other day I was cleaning up some cereal and I was thinking about the most used tools I use because of my kids and decided to make this list. Now you can use any brand of tool, but these are just the brands that I have and get the most use out of.

Ryobi 18V Inflator

Ryobi Inflator

If you have boys who are into sports, then this is a no brainier.  My kids probably have over 40 balls that I am always blowing up.  Yes, I am a sucker when we go to the store.  They both want to get a new ball because it has a different design or something on it.  I am cheap, so I buy the cheap balls and they are always loosing air.  I can’t tell you how much time and energy this has saved me over the years.


Milwaukee M18 Vacuum

M18 VacuumAgain another no brainier.  This is useful for anyone who has kids.  Let’s face it, kids make messes.  In fact, I think that is part of their DNA or at least their job description.  Between me and my wife, we are using this thing at least 2 hours a days following around the kids.  My wife would disagree, she would say she is following them around more and yes, even cleaning up after me.


CRKT Knife

KnifeYes a knife.  I can’t tell you how many times I have needed a knife to open up packaging for the kids or something else. This is something I like to carry around because I probably grab for this a couple times a day.  My kids always have strings hanging from their clothes or something else I need to cut for them.



Screwdriver Set

Screw DriversOne thing you can’t have enough of is screwdrivers.  I am either fixing one of their toys, tightening a screw for them or opening up their toys to replace batteries.  Speaking of batteries, I have a tip for new parents.  If you are about to have your first child, make sure you buy stock in a battery company because you will spend about 100K on batteries for the kids.  I can’t believe how fast batteries die in toys and that is if they decide to turn them off.


Dorcey Flashlight

LightThis might be your most handy tool, well beside the vacuum.  Kids are always dropping their toys or little trinkets into dark spots like under the couch, or under a dresser.  If there is a small dark place, a kid will find a way to get something stuck there.