Today I wanted to share with you something I think we should all have ready and waiting in our bathroom cupboard: an emergency toiletries kit. It seems like the most boring thing to get ready, but there’s nothing like being able to use the toiletries you love when you’re not at home (especially if you have allergies or skin sensitivities like me). There’s just something about being able to use the products you love when you have an emergency hospital visit or a last minute trip away. I know it calms me!
What you’ll need:
- Toothbrush & Toothpaste – I like the travel size ones that don’t take up too much room
- Sun cream – because you just never know if you’ll need it
- Deodorant – this really goes without saying, but having your favourite one might make you feel better
- Shower Gel – this is especially important if you have sensitive skin or allergies to certain things like citrus (because that’s in almost everything -it seems)
- Shampoo (and Conditioner) – because you feel better when you can wash your hair with your choice of product (mine is an awful colour, but it works on my hair like magic and is citrus free!)
- After Sun Gel – in case that sun cream wears off early and you need to cool any sunburn down
- Optional: Any makeup products you can’t live without – I don’t wear any so my kit is super basic
I like to go with the carry-on approved size items so this can be for last minute flights, or things like a hospital stay or even a weekend away at a friends house. I got a carry-on kit that came with two click-top bottles, one spritzer bottle and two little tubs (like the sun cream in the image) and a clear zipper bag that they all fit in for around $12 at Priceline. You can pick up this type of bottle just about anywhere though. I even saw a set at Ikea the other day.
You could get the little kits that are already made up from the supermarket if they have your preferred brands (or you’re not fussed with your shampoo or shower gel choices). Or just grab some of those empty bottles and fill them up the next time you’ve picked up a refill for your favourites. I try not to use them at home for fear that they’ll be empty when I need them most.
Things like the toothpaste will need checking every now and again to make sure it’s still in date, but most of your kit should be easy enough to store in the bathroom cupboard or somewhere you’ll remember easily. I like to keep a roll of masking tape near by so that I can cover the tops of the bottles in the hope they don’t leak and to make sure that I’ve closed them properly. I should probably keep the tape on them, but I worry that it might lose it’s stickyness whilst it’s in the cupboard. I like to over think things ;)
If you have kids or are living with a group of people you might like to have one for each person in the house with their name on them or even colour code by person. This could be overkill, but I just love the idea that should you all need to get away quickly there’s less scrambling. With our Fire season here, it seems like it could be good for piece of mind if nothing else.
Do you keep a kit like this in your home? What other things should I have added? I’d love to hear, tell me in the comments!