But I was reminded of one of my particular neuroses as I was “date-i-fying” my purse before I left the house this morning. Normally I’m a “spectacles, watch, wallet and keys” kinda person, not really worrying about having much of anything more than those essentials with me for my regular day-to-day.
However, I put a little more thought into the purse just before a date. I’m like a freakin’ boyscout, prepared for nearly any emergency (most of which have happened to me at one point or another):
-Pocket sewing kit to tackle any last-minute button pops or seam rips. Nothing like losing a well-placed button at an inopportune moment.
-Cash-money (which I rarely carry otherwise), including a variety of bill denominations and change for parking meters. Comes in handy not only when dealing with parking, but I also make it a rule to carry enough to cover my half of the bill – because there are guys who will insist on going dutch.
-Extra car key, in case my flustered/distracted self locks the regular key in the car.I’ve done this more times – not necessarily on dates – than I care to admit. And while waiting for BCAA together after a good date can be a fun adventure, doing it with someone you aren’t getting along with ranks just above having your toenails removed with pliers
-Fully charged cell phone for any number of emergencies. Including making a clandestine call to a friend to set up a rescue from any number of unpleasant scenarios, or just calling a cab to go the hell home.
-Four colours of lip stick/gloss. I’m just indecisive, and some look better in certain lighting than others. Also, while sparkly looks great to start off with, I switch to a colour that will be easier for my date to remove from his own lips, should the night go that way.
-Gum, mints, losenges. Nuff said.
-Small vial of perfume. Smelling pretty is just a good idea in general. I tend to get a lot of complients on Clinique Happy Heart, or anything that smells like dessert.
-Makeup/hair touchup stuff. Useful if we end up getting caught in the rain, or getting hot and sweaty.
-A small pharmacy worth of medication, primarily consisting of pain killers and gastrointestinal relief potions. These are mostly a “just in case” scenario, but have quite literally saved my ass a couple times in the past!
Depending on which date it is, and my intentions for the night, I’ll also sometimes add a small arsenal of Elexa products, as well as a toothbrush, and perhaps a cozy sweater, hat and flip flops in the trunk. All part of my plan to never do the walk of shame (again).
I just like to be prepared.
What about you? For the girls and the boys, what are your date-night essentials? Have I forgotten anything that’s saved you in the past, or that you wish you’d had?