I once had a friend who said her life was either rolling smoothly or in nuclear meltdown. More often than not, the meltdown isn’t from a lack of planning, it is when something unexpected happens that throws us off schedule. For example, we encounter traffic on a typically easy drive, or the baby throws up on our shirt as we are heading out the door.
Sometimes, we find ourselves scrambling when an item we use regularly breaks or goes missing and waste time trying to find a replacement solution. To minimize the chances of being sabotaged by such an irksome development, here are a few items that I’ve decided it is just worth keeping a spare of:
ALWAYS KEEP AN EXTRA….
- House Key (preferably hidden outside) and Car Key
- Camera battery/extra memory chip (ready to go in the camera bag)
- Hair dryer/styling tool (since these often break after the shower, and before and an important event)
- Thumb Drive (for when the printer breaks and/or the internet is down and you need to transport a document)
- Sympathy Card and Hostess Gift (it just saves time to one on hand)
- Batteries (esp. “D” batteries for flashlights and hearing aid batteries)
- Fuel for your generator (esp. if yours runs on gasoline, since it can be difficult to get to a gas station in situations where generators are needed)
- Contact Lenses/Glasses (have these “on you” at all times)
- Bottled water (always have a few jugs in the house)
- Poster Board (since kids never tell you they need this until the night before)
- Extra roll of tape (especially around the holidays)
- Cell phone charger (if you can, keep one in the car since batteries often die when you are out and about)
- Extra coffee carafe (the glass ones break easily when bumped at the wrong angle… and who wants to start the day without coffee?)
- Umbrella (they always seem to break on rainy days)
- Jumper Cables (keep them in the car)
- Quarters (these still come in handy for parking meters and the tooth fairy)
- Hairbands (for those with long hair, keep a few in your purse)
- Pen or Pencil (have an extra in your car and bag)
- Printer Ink Cartridges (always have a spare “black” ready to go)
You may have a list that relates to your particular profession or situation, so keeping a checklist of “never run out these” is a good idea.
What items do you make sure to keep a duplicate or spare of?