Being Prepared: 18 Things I Always Have With Me And Why

I put this all down to being a Girl Scout…ah those days of being a Brownie. Memories.

I remember old Brown Owl (our adult leader in charge) telling us youngsters that as Brownie’s we were building courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place. 

I reckon I’ve done that. So far. In my own way.

One thing that I did learn as a Girl Scout, was to be prepared. For every eventuality. Maybe that’s where my organisation skills were bourne!

Regardless of whether we are frequent travellers, digital nomads or just generally making sure that when the trains are cancelled or there is a random bomb scare (not to be all doom and gloom but let’s face it you just never know nowadays!) that we are fully prepared.

I’m not talking about lugging around a suitcase with the kitchen sink in it but just some small practical items that come in handy. When I used to drive to work I kept an extra set of clothes in the car along with blankets in case I got stuck in bad weather. But now I commute via the tube and pretty much live out of my tote so it’s pretty essential I have all my must-have’s. Just in case.


Photo Cred: Tatiana Nino / Unsplash

I probably have more than 18 but here are the main necessities:

  1. Lip Gloss because everyone hates dry lips.
  2. Tissues because right now it’s damn cold in London and I can’t stand sniffing, it’s disgusting.
  3. A phone charger as the day can just disappear and I don’t fancy feeling like I’ve lost an arm when my phone is dead.
  4. Hairband for when my hair has decided to go ape. It happens frequently.
  5. My Kindle for escaping into another world on the morning commute.
  6. Earphones to block out sniffing (can you tell it annoys me?).
  7. IPad for blogging on the go, it keeps me energised and saves time later.
  8. Perfume for well, I just have an obsession about smelling good.
  9. Plasters for those annoying blisters which appear at the most inconvenient times and I can’t hobble. I look stupid.
  10. Ibuprofen to get rid of any nasty headaches. Fast.
  11. My glasses to prevent squinting at that awkward moment when someone shows a presentation and you can’t see it. Plus squinting gives you wrinkles.
  12. Bobby pins in case the hairband breaks!
  13. A pen for updating my diary because if I don’t do it straight away there is every chance I will forget.
  14. A nail file because there is nothing worse than a broken nail which catches on every item of clothing.
  15. An extra tampon for any woman who might be in need. It does happen!
  16. Business cards because you never know who you’re going to meet.
  17. A Weight Watcher snack because no one wants to have to put up with a hungry me.
  18. Good luck charm, my rose quartz gemstone (it’s the stone of the heart opening up the heart to unconditional love and positive energy).
What items do you always carry with you?

N x

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    • niccimcshane
      February 12, 2018 / 2:00 pm

      Ha yes of course!

  1. February 15, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    There are so many items on this list that I feel like I’ve needed in a pinch. Great ideas!

    • niccimcshane
      February 15, 2018 / 4:02 pm

      Thank you! Every little helps ‘just in case’ 🙂

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