Truthfully, everyone should have an “Oh Shit Kit,” not just brides on their wedding day. It’s an emergency kit of everything you might need for all sorts of disaster scenarios. It’s genius! They’ve become associated with weddings because that is often a time when you’re more likely to run into an emergency that calls for flossers or a safety pin.
Why an Oh Shit Kit?
How many times have you had a situation where you went “oh shit” or “oh shoot” or any other range of varying expletives? If you’re human, I’d hazard it happens at least once a week. If you’re really human, it might even be daily.
It’s those moments when you need an extra hair tie or stain remover. You have goop all over your hands, but no wipes around.
Basically, the Oh Shit Kit is there to save your booty in an emergency. That’s why it goes beyond weddings. Put it in your car. Pack it when you travel. Give it as a graduation gift (maybe with a gift card or something…). The concept of being prepared for an emergency transcends weddings.
What to Include in Your Oh Shit Kit
Now, there is a fairly standard base to the kit. From there, you can make a TON of different variations, depending on what your needs are.
Oh Shit Kit Basics
This is just a starting point. If you’re putting something together for a wedding, maybe you’ll include mini champagne bottles or airplane liquor bottles. If it’s a bachelorette party, you might include Gatorade or water additives for a potential hangover. If this is the oh shit kit in your car, you might include jumper cables (though you should really have those in your car already).
There is no right or wrong way to build your oh shit kit. Everyone and every case is different, so just make sure you have things on hand that will save you when you need it. If you run into an instance where you don’t have something, add it to the kit!
P.S. I’ll update this post in a few weeks with photos once I’ve distributed some gifts to a bride and some bridesmaids this spring. Stay tuned.
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