Going to work and running into a minor wardrobe emergency just before a big presentation is the stuff of nightmares, so why not prepare yourself ahead of time?
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Here are some things you should always keep stocked in your desk just in case:
Consider them work desk essentials!
If you have the space to spare, keeping a presentable work outfit is always a good idea. You just never know when you will accidentally turn a corner and bump into someone holding a huge cup of freshly made black coffee which has now been dumped down your front. It doesn’t even have to be more than just a shirt and a pair of pants.
Kleenex / Tissue Paper
Having a small pack of tissue paper around will always be handy, because you never know when you might need it, or need to blow your runny nose and can’t get to a bathroom in time to do so.
Unsurprisingly, this is the number one borrowed item from my desk from men and women alike. No matter how neat and clean you think you may be, having a handy stain removing pen around will help treat any stains before they have time to set in and ruin your clothes; then when you get home, just pop it in the wash if you haven’t already washed the offending stain out in the bathroom sink at work.
The day you have a headache will be the day you wished you had the foresight to stock a little aspirin in your drawer just in case (also handy to have if someone has a heart attack). Other handy medications include allergy pills and eye drops to get rid of your red eyes or to refresh your eyes before a big presentation. If you wear contact lenses, you might want to keep a small travel-sized bottle of contact lens solution and a spare set of contacts around, just in case.
Extra Subway Tokens
You never know when your car might be snowed in or otherwise blocked and unable to be driven home, which is where having a few subway tokens would be handy. Other uses for these tokens would be if you need to hop onto the subway quickly to run an errand but don’t want to take the car.
Having a few coins around is always a good idea, just in case you need to take the car out, pay for parking for half an hour, or just to use it to scratch a ticket or buy a drink in the vending machine.
One of those very light umbrellas will do the trick. They barely take up any room and will be a welcome item for when you’re about to leave work and it starts to rain without warning.
Have something on hand that won’t expire quickly (fresh produce is out of the question), such as nuts or dried fruit because when your hunger pangs hit, you don’t want to have to resort to eating out of a vending machine just to tide you over until you can have a decent meal.
A lint roller is also a handy item to have around. If you don’t have one, tape will do the trick just as well.
The one time you wish you had a safety pin on hand will be the time that you don’t
For women in particular, here are a few more things that would be help:
• Spare pantyhose (if you wear them)
• Hairbands to tie your hair up in a ponytail in case it loses its shape or frizzes
• Clear nail polish to stop runs in your pantyhose (if you wear them), or nail tears getting out of control
• Spare feminine products (just in case!)
• A pair of flats to switch out into if need be
• Blister block just in case your heels give you trouble
• An evening clutch if you are someone who gets invites at the last minute
• A few makeup essentials: concealer, mascara, lipstick for those invites