Make (or Restock) a Mini “Emergency” Kit

Ack! So cute! (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

Ack! So cute! (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

I love the “Minimergency” kits made by Pinch Provisions. (You know I love a good kit!)  The Minimergency kits are adorable little pouches that contain oodles of “just in case” health, beauty, and fashion items to keep in your purse, backpack, or diaper bag. Each little pouch fits in your palm but contains all of the following:

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Ready for (almost!) anything!  (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

Ready for (almost) anything! (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

Can’t tell what’s what?  Here’s another look.  (Image from PinchProvisions.com)

I own a Minimergency kit and I’ve bought several as gifts, but you could easily make a cute DIY version, too.  The nice thing about buying the Pinch Provisions version is that everything matches and is neatly labeled, but I hesitate to actually use anything because it’s all so cute–and that completely defeats the purpose!

Therefore, this post includes some ideas for building DIY kits or restocking one you already have.  Christmas will be here soon, and “emergency” kits like these would be great gifts or stocking stuffers for the ladies on your list!

Note:  The key to making or restocking your kit is to think tiny–even tinier than “travel size”!  Read on!

Step One.  Find a pouch. Look for a biggish coin purse, a small makeup bag, or a little pencil case.

Step Two.  Fill your pouch with the stuff you probably already own:

Two hair tie(s).
Four bobby pins.
Two neatly folded tissues.
Tweezers (standard tweezers are pretty small to begin with, but there are mini versions available, too).
Nail clippers (the kind with an attached nail file).
Applicator-free or compact tampon.
Two Band-Aids.
Breath freshener. Don’t forget to include a wrapped mint or stick of gum.
Lip balm. You can probably squeeze in a full-sized tube of lip balm. I’ve also seen mini bullets of lip balm sold in vending machines in movie theater restrooms. (I believe the brand is Lip Rageous and the balm comes in all kinds of fruity flavors.)

Step Three.  Get creative and see how many of the following goodies you can find and add, too!

Sewing kit. You just need a needle, lengths of black and white thread, a safety pin or two, and maybe a button. Wind the thread on a small piece of cardstock, and tape the needle to the back.

Individually packaged moist wipe. Snag extras the next time you order hot wings at a restaurant, or check for individually packaged Wet Wipes in the baby department at your favorite store.

Two earring backs. Buy extras in the jewelry section of any store like Target or Walmart, or raid your jewelry box for old earrings you don’t wear. Sterilize the backs by soaking them in rubbing alcohol.

Colgate Wisp mini toothbrush, dental floss, and/or dental pick. My dentist gives me mini spools of dental floss each time I visit her.  You could just snap off a length from your regular spool, too.

Hairspray. Ask for an extra perfume sample spray vial the next time you’re at Sephora and you can fill it with (non-aerosol) hairspray. If you already have a few perfume sample vials that you’d like to use, try flushing them out with rubbing alcohol before adding hairspray.

New, sealed packet of two ibuprofen tablets. You can find these at convenience stores and in restroom vending machines. (Note: I do not recommend carrying or giving unmarked and unpackaged pills!)

Deodorant towelette. These can be tricky to find, but I bought some made by LA Fresh and sold from Birchbox.

Nail polish remover towelette. These are also tricky to find, but Birchbox sells some!

Fashion tape. Buy a pack of double-sided “fashion tape” for your kit(s). Try the Hollywood brand sold at Bed Bath and Beyond. (I tried a cheap version from Dollar Tree and it left adhesive on my clothes!)

Stain remover towelette.  I found a three-pack of Shout wipes in the dollar section at Target.

Clear nail polish. Clear nail polish is great for stopping runs in your tights or adding a little shine to your nails on the go. Finding a tiny bottle of clear nail polish is kinda tough, though. OPI and Essie often sell sets of mini polishes, but they’re colored.  Walmart sells tiny bottles of Bon Bons nail polish, but I’ve never seen one in clear.  Maybe you could buy a bottle of Bon Bon polish (a light color?), empty it, clean it out (fill with nail polish remover, close, and shake?), and then refill it with clear polish…but that sounds messy and tedious.  Thoughts?

Other ideas for your kit: Blotting paper, lotion, allergy medicine, eye drops, spare contact lens, comb, perfume sample, mirror, tiny Swiss Army knife

Yay for preparedness!  🙂

– Angela

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