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10 December 2010 @ 01:37 am
Crash Kit  
When I am in charge of (or sufficiently invested in the success of) an event, I usually pack a "crash kit" to cover the foreseeable disasters. Since I'm always worried about forgetting something and because this might be useful to other folks, here is the packing list:

First aid Kit - bandages, alcohol swabs, moleskin, liquid skin, gauze, ibuprofen, aspirin, antacids, my personal Rxs
Toiletries - Q-Tips, tampons, baby powder, emery boards, hair ties, comb, brush, bobby pins, hair pins, cotton balls/squares, hair spray, lotion, carmex or vicks, hand sanitizer, deodorant, Kleenex, spare pair of nylons, hand/baby wipes, contact lens case
Sticking things - rubber cement, super glue, masking tape, scotch tape, duck tape, supermodel tape (superstrong doublestick tape), electrical tape
Sewing kit - pins, needles, thread in likely colors (at least black and white), safety pins, scissors, ribbon in likely colors, lacing bodkin, multitool
Cleaning items - Magic Eraser, tide pen, shout wipes, trash bags, zippy bags (multiple sizes), paper towels
Food - Emergen-Cs, flavored water packets, granola bars, fruit flats, gum, breath mints, flask of Scotch
School Supplies - Notebook or notecards, pen, pencil, highlighter, Sharpie, paper clips, rubber bands, binder clips

Of course there are things that should be added or could be deleted depending on the context (e.g. for an SCA event, nylons are probably unnecessary, but extra duck tape may be prudent).
Current Mood: productiveproductive
whymcwhymc on December 10th, 2010 08:18 am (UTC)
I remember, from time to time, the George Carlin 'stuff' bit... feel vaguely sheepish, and then shrug it off an work to make sure that I have just the right mix of essential tools and supplies in my backpack, so that any disasters that might strike while I'm on campus can be dealt with. (Lesson for this week: add a micro-sewing kit - having the ties that keep the front of a furry hat from falling in your face give out sucks, and electrical tape, while a prince among multitaskers, is not really the right tool for the job...)
eithni: greeneithni on December 10th, 2010 08:30 am (UTC)
Oooh! Electrical tape - Good call. I often pack that and did not this time. Going on the list!
teffanteffan on December 10th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
The up-side of being a fencer means you carry electrical tape most of the time, and there's hardly ever NOT heavy fighting so duct tape is not so hard to find :)
baronessekatbaronessekat on December 10th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
When my Knight was on the throne of Æthelmearc, I made up a "Retainer's Box". It was a tote that went to every event and had all that you had listed above, along with things like copies of Kingdom Law and Corpora, Crown Care Kit (polish, soft rag, etc), "Calm the Queen Kit" (electric kettle, several varieties of tea, sugar, shelf stable snacks), and so on.

I don't think the Retainer box is still in existence but for many reigns it got passed from one head retainer to another. It saved us many times.
eithni: Baronesseithni on December 10th, 2010 03:24 pm (UTC)
Yup... This is crash kit us essentially a beefed up version of what lives in my purse and/or event kit and pretty much what I carried to every event when my apprentice was queen. It all fits into a small tote, so it's not much bother to bring and sooooo worth it.
Albredaalbreda on December 10th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Am I allowed to snicker at the inclusion of a 'flask of Scotch'?

eithni: snapeeithni on December 10th, 2010 03:21 pm (UTC)
Albredaalbreda on December 10th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, Maam!

eithni: greeneithni on December 11th, 2010 07:23 am (UTC)
Hey! It's a staple! And multipurpose!
Albredaalbreda on December 11th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Undeniably! It just isn't something I would ever have thought of putting on a packing list!

(A Zombie-pocalypse list, yes, but hopefully your events don't run THAT amok!)
eithni: greeneithni on December 11th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Not yet, but you never know.
teffanteffan on December 10th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
No, because it is VERY important!!
EllieSamelliesam on December 10th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have a similar list of stuff I always bring. Although now I need to replace my really awesome sewing kit, because I lent it to someone at Boar's Head who did not return it. :(
teffanteffan on December 10th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
If it was a small female fencer (while you were retaining), I can make sure you get it back, or better.
teffanteffan on December 10th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
I would add 'standard' scissors (not the little sewing ones) and shopping bags (the handle kind). Your trash bags probably fill the same purpose, but I love having the handles for being able to carry around wet items (like shoes or bathing suits) or things people give me (or that I want to hand off to them). Plus it gives me a second purpose for all those store bags I get (besides just recycling them) :)

Since I tend to change purses/bags so frequently, I've started just leaving a super-basic kit in the car since that's the most consistent storage location I have with me :)
eithni: greeneithni on December 11th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
Yeah, the scissors are standard ones (actually two this time as I correctly assumed they would be a high-use item and one pari was misplaced before we left the prep-station). Yup Trash bags = a few plastic grocery bags and a couple big black leaf bags.
cayswann: yellow-streakcayswann on December 10th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
My "crash" kit is "if I need to crash on someone's couch, what do I need, minimum?" A way to take out my contacts... there's a small contact case and eyedrops in my wallet/ipod/bag at all times. I also keep a Burt's Bees chapstick in the same bag, because it doubles for salve for scrapes on my hands.
eithni: greeneithni on December 11th, 2010 07:26 am (UTC)
heh. The overnighter kit is a whole other kettle of fish. Though I suppose a contact lens case is not a bad plan.
arebekah: devicearebekah on December 11th, 2010 03:06 am (UTC)
I like to have zip-top bags on hand - they can serve as containment (for sticky/damp/icky items, or things that might get away/lost, or need protection from the sticky/damp/icky conditions), pseudo-envelopes, sign protectors in the rain, etc...
eithnieithni on December 11th, 2010 07:28 am (UTC)
yup. They are on the list, under cleaning supplies, since I usually think of them as mess or potential mess containment.
Aaronaaron_pike on December 11th, 2010 05:38 am (UTC)
eithni: greeneithni on December 11th, 2010 07:30 am (UTC)
I have paper towels on the list... I guess a chamois would not be a bad plan, but I've never needed it. *knock on wood* I DID bring a sheepskin and a stepladder to the wedding, since I knew D had a plan to climb a tree for some of the pictures and I didn't want her or the dress damaged.