It’s been a while since I first wrote about my “OMG I wish I had a…” Kit so I figured it was time for an update.
The kit is amazing, if I do say so myself. Have you ever been in a situation where you think, “Oh my gosh, I wish I had a [fill in the blank]!”? Well, I certainly find myself in those situations all the time. Yes, I tend to panic a bit (okay, a lot) more than the average person. But I have to say, this is something that I would recommend to anyone, regardless of whether or not she’s a Nervous Nancy like me.
Every time someone thinks it’s dumb, they always come to me when they have their own OMG moment. Every. Single. Time. Seriously, making fun of the kit is like a curse. You’ll need it.
I’ll share what I carry in mine, but definitely consider the moments where you wished you had something. Add it to your own!!
It seems like a lot of stuff, but as long as you look for tiny pieces to stash in your case. Speaking of cases, I recommend looking for something that won’t show dirt. I have a canvas clutch… and it shows its age. Cosmetic cases are great because they’re lined and often have a plastic-type outer shell. Plus, they’re the kind of cases that can be toted around anywhere. Throw it in your purse, your work bag, your backpack, a weekender. Wherever you’re headed, make sure you’ve got your kit with you.
Seriously. Just like the iPhone Flashlight App… you don’t realize you need it, until you need it.
Let’s deep dive into the contents of the kit:
Ear Plugs | When I’m super anxious… these are essentially life savers. Block out all the noise and I already feel better. These come in individual packets and I always have a few packs at the ready.
Sewing Kit | Whenever I’m in a hotel, I snag a sewing kit. They are handy. I’ve absolutely sewn on shirt buttons, used needles to get out splinters, and even safety pinned a baggy skirt. The hotel kits are the perfect size.
Band-Aid Blister Block | Sometimes even the most comfortable shoes can result in blisters after miles of city walking. Bonus, Blister Block has a secret use!
Pill Box | I am prone to headaches and they tend to come at the wrong times. Read: the worst times. I always have a few aspirins and Excedrins on me.
Headphones | I actually typically carry three of these on me at all times! Somehow they always end up in pockets, the bottom of handbags, or back at my desk in the office. Seriously, why can I never remember to put them back! That’s why I always have a few options!
Mobile Charger | Lifeguard Press sent me a Lilly Pulitzer portable iPhone charger and it’s amazing. My phone battery makes me super nervous. Instagram and subway tunes always drains the battery even before dinnertime! Eep!
Burt’s Bees | Do you need to know anything more about this? I’m addicted.
Thumb Drive | I pretty much use Dropbox nowadays, but a flash drive still comes in handy. I store certain documents on here and I always back up projects in case I can’t access the interview somewhere.
Faux Pearls | It’s great to have a spare pair on you in case you forget to put your earrings in that day. Do you feel naked without earrings? I DO!!! It drives me crazy, so now I always have an extra pair with me just in case.
Band-Aids | I have bandages in my wallet and in the kit. You can never have too many Band-Aids!!!
Lipstick | I don’t wear it every day, but I like to have it with me in case I find myself heading into an important meeting or drinks after work. Uber Beige is the perfect shade.
Pony Tail Holders | You can never have enough. The crease frees are perfect for when you need to quickly pull your hair back or when you get caught in the rain. (Happens all the time to me!)
Money | I always fold up a twenty and keep spare quarters with me. Cash only cafes are never a problem with my “emergency twenty.” (Yes, coffee counts as an emergency.)
Toss into a cosmetic case like this one from Kate Spade and you’ll always be prepared!
What would you add to your kit?