October 19, 2012

Travel-Sized Sewing Kit and More

by Rachel Paxton

Do you ever find yourself on-the-go and not prepared for emergencies? Sometimes it's not even your emergency...it might be your children's or co-worker's.

I am always finding myself without things I could really use, like a safety pin or even spare change. I finally resolved to put together a little kit with what I consider necessities when traveling or at the office.

You can store your supplies in any small container or cosmetics bag. Use your imagination and find something you already have around the house. You can keep your supplies in your car, purse, or in your office desk. Where you keep them will determine how much you can store in one place. You could maybe have different kits stored in different locations, depending on the anticipated need. If you shop around you will find lots of travel sizes of common everyday products. Once you buy them, you can often refill them (like ibuprofen bottles). Here are the things I've found indispensable:
  • Small bottle ibuprofen
  • Allergy medicine
  • Needle, thread
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Safety pins
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Band-aids
  • Kleenex
  • Spare change
  • Phone card
  • Pocket knife
  • Small package baby wipes
  • Spare buttons
  • Dental floss
  • Small toothbrush, toothpaste
  • Small flashlight
  • Comb or brush
  • Hairspray
  • Cosmetics/perfume
  • Antiperspirant/deodorant
  • Spare stockings/pantyhose
The list goes on and on. Of course you won't want to necessarily store this all in one place, but just think about where you normally are and what you might need while you're there. You can't ever be too prepared, and everyone will be impressed with how organized you are.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom who is the author of What’s for Dinner?, an e-cookbook containing more than 250 quick easy dinner ideas. For recipes, tips to organize your home, home decorating, crafts, and frugal family fun, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com and Suite 101 athttp://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/creative_homemaking. To subscribe to their monthly newsletter send a blank e-mail message to FreeRecipes-subscribe@egroups.com.