At no time is this idea more relevant than during winter, when even a quick car trip could mean having to haul yourself out of a snow drift or walk unexpectedly when a battery dies. Properly stocking your bag, while it might not be a hedge against zombies, could at least mean you are more comfortable in any one of several emergencies.
Now, many of the ladies out there probably have me beat as far as organization, but I thought it might be amusing to take a look at what I carry on a daily basis to deal with emergencies:
- cell phone
Foul Weather Gear
- black wrap
- fleece ear band
- extra hankies
The First Aid Kit
- OTC medications, like pain relievers, allergy pills, etc.
- any current Rx medications
- feminine hygiene
The Tool Kit
- small knife
- screwdriver with interchangeable "bits"
- protein bars
- packet of instant coffee
One of my headache triggers is hunger, and one of my headache cures is caffeine, so I've taken to carrying a couple of emergency basics with me. This came in very handy on a long flight back from San Diego this summer, when I found that I had no time to eat breakfast and nothing of any interest was available for purchase on the plane. A couple of protein bars got me home.
- business cards
- writing supplies
Obvious, of course, but if you don't think ahead, it is easy to become the woman showing up for a meeting with a huge bag but no pen. Embarrassing.
Again, I'm sure that many people have me beat with their prep. However, I've been reading a lot about stocking a "bug out bag," and many of the plans focus on constructing a bag that may not be convenient to carry on a day to day basis. But that's when emergencies strike. At least, with a well stocked purse, I'll be able to handle a few situations -- and you never know when I can distract the zombies with a protein bar.
What are your favorite essentials to keep in your bag?