Get yourself organized with a field box. Tackle boxes are ideal
for this purpose as they have lots of nooks and crannies. They're
cheap too--mine cost $25 at Outdoor World.
I keep all of my launch supplies, and most of my building supplies
in mine. It makes it easy to build rockets at the kitchen table
and put it all away at the end of the night, while ensuring that
if I need to make a field repair I can do so.
I also put labels on the bins to keep everything tidy. Engines
come with labels you can cut to size and then tape to the tackle
Chutes & Streamers
We seem to melt
a lot of parachutes, so I have to make new ones periodically.
Go to a camping store and buy one of the cheap disposable mylar
"space blankets." This material is more melt resistant
than the trash bag plastic of most rockets, and its easier to
see glittering in the sun too. Pick up some heavy duty thread
at the sewing store, tape disks from office supply, a hole punch
(to make holes through the disk and chute so you can knot the
shroud lines), and you are ready to make parachutes and streamers.
I like to attach
mine with snap swivels, and keep the chutes separate from the
rockets until just prior to launch. This gives a lot of flexibility
to swap chutes, try a streamer on a windy day, and that sort of