Several years ago, there was a blizzard, and one of DH’s colleagues stayed over with us, so she didn’t have to drive all the way home. I was scrounging for a new toothbrush for her, and she told me she didn’t need it, she always had an overnight bag in her car, just for situations like this. At the time, I thought it was crazy, but honestly, it is just smart.
Last winter, we had some health problems entailing ovenights at Children’s Hospital. The first time, there were frenzied phone calls, requesting contact solution, and clean socks. I remember DH walking into the room proudly, after a trip to the neighborhood drugstore, with a travel sized bottle of “extra volume” shampoo. Anyone who knows Kate or me IRL knows that the last thing we need is “extra volume.”
So, I pushed down my sense of denial, and when we got home, I bought a small messenger’s bag at the thrift store, put in a change of clothes, filled a ziplock bag with toiletries, and packed the whole thing into the car. Now, I’m ready for blizzard, an flood, or another trip to the hospital.