As with everything, it’s all about context.
If you’re Cheryl Strayed as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail in her memoir Wild, you’ve got a compass, a super loud whistle, a good-luck feather, and about fifty pounds of other essentials on your back.
After Katrina, I bought red emergency backpacks from the fire department, with water, space blankets, a radio, flashlight, and a bunch of other essentials, and put them in the cars.
In Colorado, I carry more: jugs of water, ice scrapers, rain gear.
But for all around every day emergencies?
I just discovered the Shemergency survival kit. A super-cute little silver bag with TWENTY-SEVEN female essentials. It’s got all the basics you’d think of: a sewing kit, a tampon, safety pins. Plus things you wouldn’t think of, but will need when you least expect to: stain remover, nail polish (and polish remover), dental floss, a brush and mirror. The zipper pull is even a nail clipper. How clever is that?
The company, Pinch Provisions, also makes Hemergency kits, mini-emergency kits and other specialty kits, including for students and Brides. Love it that that one even includes wedding bands!
A great and thoughtful gift for teachers or friends.
Mine is going in the car right this minute.