I’m rather proud of my emergency repair kit because it’s quite practical and it gives me a sense of security when leaving the house. Of course, I developed the kit through a process of trial. There were at least two disasters in public places and that does tend to clarify your thoughts about the proper response. Asking my neighbor if they could “spare a square” would not have sufficed.
I made one kit to carry in my awesome Downton Abbey bag that I take to work every day. Inadvertently, I once left the kit in a friend’s car, so I made up a second one. The container is just a toiletries travel case, and rather stylish, don’t you think? Though the stuff inside it gets a little squished, the advantage of the smaller case is that it fits in my purse; so it gets carried along when the Granthams and their staff are not in attendance.
Alright then, shall we take a look inside?
The purpose of my kit is to clean up a mess and then appropriately fit myself out afterwards. So it contains a paper towel or two and some kind of wet wipe. Remember that some wet wipes are appropriate to use on yourself, and some are not. The latter could still be helpful: for cleaning things that are not yourself, such as your clothes or the floor. Yes, friends, I have survived a few battles.
There should be a couple plastic bags. The grocery bag works as my trash bag until I can safely exit the stall and the smaller bag is for items I wish to keep but must be entirely isolated for the time being.
And before the process concludes, a clean pair of underpants and a new pad (the latter, for more minor disasters) would be most welcome. Like your spare tire, the underpants in your emergency repair kit do not need to be your premium set. Their purpose is just to get you to the appropriate service station.
And on the subject of pads: do you fully comprehend the variety available? I mean, I knew the choices were so myriad that it was difficult for women to get the right package for themselves let alone the poor men we so often send after this necessity. But I only knew the half of it.
Besides a wall of feminine hygiene products, there is a whole nother (as we so erroneously say) bevy of options for folks with other, well, leaks. Besides Always and Summer’s Eve, there is Poise and Depend and several other euphemisms. In fact, I think Euphemism would be a great name for a pad itself.
Or no – wait! I just thought of an excellent name: Good to Go. See it works on a couple levels.
The point is, don’t feel limited by your pad options. If you look in the other corner of the store as well, you are likely to find just the right length, width, thickness and wing extension specifications to suit your own particular situation. (I’m not even including the third section of specialized products for the collection of bodily fluids – for babies.)
And I hope I am leaving you with some ideas, or perhaps just permission, for carrying some of these things around with you as you venture out into a world that pretends none of us have these problems (Pretends, another dang good name for a pad) when, in fact, based on the stock evident on the market, a considerable segment of humanity is looking for these solutions. (Oh, Solutions, and that might be the best one yet. I would totally buy a pack of ultra thin, long, Solutions with flexi-wings and a dri-lock core.)