I tend to overdo it. I admit it. I have a stash at my office to prepare myself for most work related emergencies or sudden tasks. I don’t expect you to be as neurotic about it, but here is a list of what I have stashed in my office, and why! I admit that I am fortunate enough to have an office for my job, and I have had a lot of long days and weeks the past several months. These long hours reminded me of why it matters to have these sorts of kits ready. I do admit that I am fortunate to have a job that provides me a full office and that my employer thinks I am competent enough to handle projects that may require extra hours.
I have most of this stashed in a drawer of my desk. I have fitted the contents of this kit to the space I have, but there is lots of space left to expand. I did toss a spare bar of scented soap in the drawer to keep the entire thing smelling fresh. I try to do a quick audit every three or four months to make sure everything is still stocked, but especially when I know the busy season is imminent.
White Cotton Pocket Square
Yes, I have an emergency pocket square. I don’t feel complete if the jacket pocket and lapel is empty.
Two ties – 1 black with grey and silver pattern, 1 yellow with blue pattern
Here are the two ties that I can toss on to complete any outfit with one of the shirts above. Black or brown shoes, any color pants, these should help me look professional if a last minute meeting happens
This is a pair one prescription out, but instead of tossing them, I’ve got them stashed here in case my current pair breaks, or I have somehow rundown my spare contact lens solution.
I’ve had to repair jacket buttons and make quick stitches on pieces of clothing.
Travel Kit (Spare tie bar, Cuff Links, Collar stays)
Okay. Maybe I overdo it a little bit. I still have them in the office
For pretreating coffee mishaps
Express Shoe Shine Sponge
No, I don’t use it often, but if my shoes are not shined for that surprise meeting …
Spare shoe laces
If you don’t change them often enough, they will break. Be prepared.
Cheap Plastic Shoe horn
Maybe you had to remove your shoes to get the wayward pebble from the parking lot.
2 or 3 Wisps
I have this sample size of a solid cologne which means there is much less of chance for a mishap smelling up my entire office.
Running late, you may miss a spot, or in the winter if you have a pilling sweater, can help clean up the look.
Chapstick or lip balm
My hair is thin enough, so I don’t really have much need for a comb, brush, or styling product but certainly consider those if you are follicularly gifted.
Eyeglasses repair kit
I have glasses. They may need to be fixed.
Spare Contact Lens case & Saline solution
See above. Sometimes I’m in contacts.
10 cellulose handkerchiefs
Because the paper towels from the bathroom are not always right to offer someone
Ibuprofen or other painkiller of choice
First Aid kit
Yes, my office has full first aid kits, but I like to keep some band aids and gauze in my office as well.
If you have the space, or the coat rack, you can consider adding these extras. I don’t expect you to be as overprepared about it as I am, though.
Sometimes, you just forget to take your umbrella with you. A backup in the office isn’t a bad plan.
Two Dress Shirts – 1 White, 1 Blue
I may need a change of shirt if there is a lunch accident. Perhaps I am called for a meeting and took this as my one day of the week to wear a polo. And it let me put two more shirts in my home rotation.
1 Spare Suit
Yes, the spare razor is listed above, but this can be an alternative to that. If you have facial hair, the trimming and shaping components are more helpful than the razor.
So how prepared are you at your office or place of work? Am I overdoing it a bit here or is this just right?