How to Build Your Office Survival Kit

How to Build Your Office Survival Kit In Case of Emergency, Relax. I loved being a Girl Scout when I was young. And I took their motto to heart: Be Prepared! That’s why I always keep a fully stocked “office survival kit” in my desk drawer. It’s saved my bacon many times – and earned me the eternal gratitude of more than a few coworkers.In Case of Emergency, Relax

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I loved being a Girl Scout when I was young. And I took their motto to heart: Be Prepared!

That’s why I always stash a fully stocked “office survival kit” in my desk drawer. It’s saved my bacon many times – and earned me the eternal gratitude of more than a few coworkers.

Your workplace may keep some of these things stocked already, which is a great perk! But it’s no substitute for having your own stash – because sometimes the office manager is on vacation, or the delivery doesn’t arrive, or everyone else has a killer headache too. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your “survival kit” always has your back. Read on for a quick step-by-step guide to the essentials!

Step 1: Grab a Zip-Up Makeup Bag

I find that a zip-up makeup bag is the perfect size to hold the office survival kit – it’s cute and it’s easy to stash in your desk, locker, car, etc. You probably have a bunch of them hanging around, so choose your chicest work-appropriate one. Not like this one:

I don’t recommend this bag for work, though it does capture the essence of what we’re doing here. Oh Shit Kit by DaintyDirtbags, $13

I don’t recommend this bag for work, though it does capture the essence of what we’re doing here. Oh Shit Kit by DaintyDirtbags, $13

In case you need a new makeup bag (or just an excuse to get a new one), here are some pretty-and-professional choices from Etsy:

Step 2: Toss in Four Fashion-Malfunction Fixers

When a seam splits, a button busts loose, or coffee lands in your lap at work, you need to fix the situation fast. Add these lifesavers to your survival kit – you’ll thank me later!

  1. Safety pins – You’ll find a few in the mini sewing kit (see below), but throw in a few more – this is the #1 most often-used item in my survival kit!
  2. Fashion tape – This super-sticky stuff fixes fallen hems, dangerously droopy necklines, and a multitude of other wardrobe mishaps.
  3. Shout wipes – Before these wipes came out, I used to literally go buy a new shirt if I spilled something on myself at work. These things are genius at getting rid of stains so you can get on with your day (and save your money).
  4. Mini sewing kit – You don’t need an arsenal of sewing supplies to reattach an errant button – a mini sewing kit has everything you need. (Fun fact: thread makes handy stand-in for dental floss when you’ve got something stuck in your teeth.)

Step 3: Just Say Yes to Drugs

Now it’s time to add any medications you might need while you’re at work. For example:

  • Your preferred painkiller for a headache or cramps (I’m talking Advil here, folks, not a bottle of Jim Beam)
  • Non-drowsy allergy meds, if you get hay fever
  • Any prescriptions meds you take that might be needed during the workday
  • Vitamins (you’ll actually remember to take these yummy gummies)

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Step 4: Add Your Favorite Little Helpers

Last of all, those little things that everyone needs sometimes: band-aids, feminine hygiene supplies, dental floss, and a toothbrush and toothpaste. Finally, grab a reusable water bottle (I adore my lovely turquoise Corkcicle bottle).

That’s it! Stash your kit in a secure place in your desk or car, and you’re ready to face the workday, whatever happens.

Did I miss any essential office-survival necessities? Let me know in the comments!

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9 comments

  1. Brianna says:

    Love this list!! I definitely need to add shout wipes (my coffee got me today!). One thing I ALWAYS have is Lysol wipes. They may think I’m a nut for always wiping the copier down, but I see them sneezing in their cubicles!

  2. Mica says:

    Oh I need those wipes, I wonder if they have them in Australia? I always used to have little must-have pieces like this in my desk at work, just in case. It was always so embarrassing having to ask around the office to see if anyone else had them! Better to keep a supply.

    Away From The Blue

  3. Stephanie Fletcher says:

    Something I love about your writing in addition to your really valuable advice: you are hilariously funny. I wonder where you got that personality trait.

  4. Stephanie Fletcher says:

    PS I hope you realize that Brainy Business Babe’s Advice for Office Life would be a fabulous non-fiction how-to.

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