Make Your Own Mini-Emergency Kit

By Georgia Slater
Staff writer

Although many try to plan for what they hope to be a perfect first, second or maybe even 100th date, things don’t always go according to plan. So, instead of worrying about a laundry list of things that could go wrong, be pre-emptive and come prepared with a mini date emergency kit; it’s always better to be safe than sorry. This guide will give you tips on how to create your own kit so that you are able to enjoy your date—without thinking about any unwanted surprises.

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Step 1: Find a case to keep your kit in. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, something like a medium-sized makeup bag will do the trick. However, make sure it’s not too small. Nobody is going to see your kit anyway, but you definitely want it to be big enough to hold all the essentials.

Step 2: Bring liners, tampons, pads, etc. A girl’s worst nightmare is getting her period in front of other people, let alone in front of a guy. Just in case of this crisis, make sure you stash plenty of supplies.

Step 3: Have Chapstick, lip gloss and some other makeup handy. You never know when you might need to touch up before you pucker up.

Step 4: Don’t forget gum, breath spray or mints. Before you can even think about going in for a kiss, think about what you had to eat before. You probably need a breath mint, so make sure you always pack these in your kit.

Step 5: Pack the essential odds and ends. Bobby pins and clear-nail polish both offer multiple different uses in desperate times. Need something fixed? Need to stop a run in your stockings? Now you’ve got it covered. Also, remember to always pack tissues, perfume and a mini-deodorant in case you break a sweat worrying about any of the above crises.

Step 6: Always have your cell phone charged and stowed. You never know when plans might change especially  when you need to find a new ride home from a girlfriend. However, hopefully you’ll only need your phone to call and rave to your friends about your night.

Step 7: Bring extra cash and change. Whether you want to pay for yourself, or your date just simply doesn’t offer, it’s always better to play it safe and save the awkward “Are you guys paying together?” chat for later.

Though you don’t need to pack all of these items in your kit, it’s never a bad thing to be prepared for the worst. But remember to never forget about Step 8—of course the most essential step—have fun!

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