What should you have, wherever you go? Want corroboration that we’re not the only ones thinking along these lines? Check this out.
1. A flashlight
Or, as a certain boyfriend says, if you’re going to buy a flashlight, you should just buy a headlamp. Whatever your preference for mobile light, you need one. What if the power goes out? What if you need to stun a burglar? What if your dog gets stuck in a water drainage pipe? (Don’t laugh, this has totally happened.) You’re not going to want to run to the store for a flashlight when you need one—have it on hand.
2. Spare light bulbs
The same logic for having a flashlight applies here! Okay, not all of it—a light bulb isn’t going to help when your dog’s in a drain. But it’s pretty sad to have to unscrew and rescrew a bulb as you move from room to room.
Bonus: get low-energy CFLs and save on your electricity bill.
You know, if you’re still in that cool group of people who don’t have an iPhone. Or, better yet, if you want to be able to calculate things even when your iPhone has died because you dropped it in water trying to get your dog out of a drain.
4. Basic toolbox
You can put this together yourself. A good basic toolbox should include at least the following: a hammer, a screwdriver, a tape measure, spare nails and screws, an adjustable wrench, duct tape, and pushpins. I’ve needed all of these in my rental in the period of just a few months.
5. Sewing supplies
Sewing is a lost art. (It doesn’t have to be! There’s tons of YouTube and online tutorials. And local fabric shop-sponsored classes. But I’ll save my sewing enthusiasm for another day.) But a little sewing kit costs like $3 at a drugstore, and can save your butt when the button pops off your only tux right two hours before the wedding, or you need to safety-pin your slacks together for that big interview. Keep it classy. It’s the least you can do, considering you can’t even keep your dog out of drains.