Emergency kits might inspire fear at the first mention of their name, but they aren’t necessarily tied to instances of disaster. Thanks to handy sites like Pinterest and Etsy, there’s inspiration for ways to create kits for both real emergencies, and for those little emergencies that life throws at us daily. This column will explore ideas of items that could be essential for various types of emergency kits, so that you can be inspired and start your own. This month, we’ll put together a kit that’s great for moving day or for a housewarming gift.
As always, we want to make sure to put our kit into a container that will serve a purpose other than just holding your fabulous kit. For this kit, consider a bucket that might be handy for repairs or the move itself—or, if the move has already happened, you can use a nice mixing bowl.
Every home could always use a few more of these. A surge protector provides all those extra plug-ins you need in our electric world while also providing safety to all of your devices. You can keep this inexpensive and grab a protector from a nearby dollar store, or you can invest more and get one with rotating plugs, color-coding options, and more.
Every new home is going to need some new décor to warm it up. Toss in a hanging kit so that you’re kit recipient can hang to their heart’s desire. These kits can be found easily and inexpensively at local dollar stores.
We never realize how much junk we have, until it’s time to move and pack it all up. During a move, there’s an endless array of trash that’s going to accrue. Toss in a bag of heavy duty, flexible garbage bags so your recipient doesn’t have to make a late night trip out to the store when they’re unpacking all of those boxes.
Once your kit recipient gets all of their furniture into their space, they’re probably going to want to move it around until they find that perfect organization. Toss in a pack of surface protectors, so they can scoot their furniture as much as they need without putting any marks or tears in their carpet, or scratches on their hardwood floors.
If the new home is a rental or if your kit recipient tends to change his or her aesthetic often, then include a pack or two of various Command strips. Command makes a huge variety of hooks, strips, grippers, decorative hangers and even command Velcro. If you’re not sure what-all they need, a good selection of plain strips or Velcro and a pack of wire-hanging strips for picture hanging are always useful.
This item won’t necessarily make the move particularly easy, but it will add to the ambiance and relaxation following all of the hard work from the move. Grab their favorite scent, or if you’re not sure what that scent is, then find something that has a fresh, but relaxing, scent like lavender, eucalyptus or mint.