Emergency! Where is the TAPE!
We all know we need to prepare an emergency kit; a working flashlight, candles, matches, and a few extra batteries for the times when the weatherman is actually right and a blizzard really does hit.
However, much more useful to me are the emergency kits I have prepared for real-life, 100%-certain-to-happen emergencies. For example, I can predict with 100% certainty that the scotch tape will be missing when I need it most.
Emergency scotch tape: This tape resides in a top-secret hiding place. We handle all normal tape needs with the tape in the end drawer. Missing tape under usual circumstance is not an emergency. Emergency examples include needing tape to wrap a birthday presents 10 minutes before I leave the house, or midnight Christmas Eve gift wrapping.
Emergency bathroom towel: This towel hangs on the towel rack, separate from the other towels. If every towel is in the wash (not including towels left on bedroom floors), we can use the emergency towel. Whoever uses it must hang it on the bathroom door and it becomes the user’s towel for the next week. That person must replace the emergency towel immediately.
Emergency toilet paper: I keep a six-pack of Charmin extra soft bathroom tissue with my emergency supplies. We can use it only when guests are due to arrive and I’m down to the last roll of toilet paper in both bathrooms. If we run out under usual circumstance, paper towel will work until I can make it to the store.
Emergency small bottle of Coke (or drink of your choice): I use my bottle of Coke only in the case of a dire Coke emergency. The only one authorized to drink it in our house is me. In the case of any emergency, it is very important to have your favorite beverage available and close at hand.
Emergency toothpaste: Cole once took his own money and walked to Walgreens to buy toothpaste because I kept insisting that some was left in the tube. He knew I had kept forgetting to buy a new tube. He now insists that we keep an emergency tube of toothpaste on hand at all times.
Emergency printer ink: Do I need to explain this one, or have you made the trip to the 24-hour Kinko’s at 11pm to buy ink (if it’s in stock) or print the paper that is due the following day?
Mini-marshmallows and instant hot chocolate mix: If a blizzard does hit, the thing you are most likely to miss is hot chocolate. You might not have milk, so the best type to keep on hand can be made with hot water. Hide your hot chocolate stash, write down your hiding place in code on a piece of paper, and put it in a special spot.
Batteries: These are not for the flashlight in your other emergency kit, they’re for when you can’t find the ones you bought for kid’s birthday presents or Christmas presents. You cannot own too many different kinds of batteries. Put them into a shoebox (labeled “shoes”) and hide them under your bed.
Duct tape: Put a roll of duct tape with your top-secret scotch tape stash. When your kid informs you at 9pm the night before a school camping trip that the shoes he was planning to take have a hole in them, you will thank me. Duct tape can solve most problems.
Dog food: I plan for business emergencies by collecting different kinds of dog food in small bags. Just the other day, a camper showed up without dog food. When I questioned the dog’s owner, he replied, “Oh, I did not know I was supposed to bring food. I fed her this morning.” Okay; but during a week’s stay, I am sure she is going to want to eat again.
In the event of a real emergency, we might starve if the Peapod truck could not make it to my door; but I still would be able to wrap presents and serve hot chocolate the right way.
What do you keep in your “real” emergency kit? This would be a good place to start….
★~♥~♥~★~ ♥~★~★~♥ ~