In theory, a survival kit sounds like something a superhero would need to venture out into the world to fight a nemesis. Admittedly, in practice the contents of a survival kit are not likely as edgy as what Clark Kent would need to get by, but don’t let that make you think that you don’t need one. Especially in summer, having a little package of go-to essentials can make all the difference. Consider your survival kit a style-preserver. With a few preemptive measures, you won’t have to worry about looking disheveled in a meeting, or feeling uncomfortable in your office all day. What should one include in their kit? We thought you’d never ask!
Pack an Extra Undershirt
This bit of advice cannot be stressed enough. Yes, an extra layer seems like the last thing you’d want to add on in the July heat. However, putting a barrier between your body and your carefully picked shirt and suit jacket will do wonders for keeping you feeling fresh throughout the work day, come intense sun rays or humid summer storms. So wear one, and store one in your survival kit in the event that business is booming and you need an outfit refresher midway through a longer than average work day.
Handkerchiefs – Not Only for Your Grandpa
Put the image of your grandparents shining their inch-thick bifocals with the handkerchief that seems to live in their back pocket out of your mind. Carrying a tasteful version of their cotton square is totally advisable, and should definitely go in your kit. Hell, it could even go in your breast pocket if you’re really enthusiastic. Regardless of whether you want to invest in an elaborate show stopper or keep it simple with a low key cotton version, having one on hand to dab away unsightly sweat beads is never a bad idea. Keeping your skin near your hairline dry will prevent blemishes. Plus, keeping your neck area sweat free will go a long way in saving your shirt collars from looking aged before they actually are, especially if you wear a tie every day. Let the sweat soak into your handkerchief instead of your clothes.
Sock game separates style newbies from accomplished men of couture. Don’t overlook the opportunity to be fashionable and be sure to carry spare pairs. The sock’s material is an essential thing to consider when trying to keep cool in your professional gear, so go for something breathable that works with your body temperature like merino wool. Having an extra pair on hand will guarantee you stay fresh and comfortable during your day’s travels. Put some back ups in your kit!
Keep a mini version of all your daily essentials in your survival kit. Check out the travel section at your local drug store, and in particular, grab extra hair and skin care products. It’s likely that by the end of a busy day, after throwing high temperatures into the mix, whatever product you used in the morning to keep your hair in check will have been sweated out. Mini containers of gel, hairspray, or whatever you use in your daily routine are a smart thing to take with you when you’re on the go. The same goes for your skin, where excess oil may build and block your pores if not for a mid-day quick fix – whether it’s a gentle toner or a quick swipe with oil-removing wipes. Don’t see your favourite brand in the travel section of the drugstore? No worries – buy a travel-sized for liquids/creams and load it up at home to add to your kit.