Preparation Starts with “PR”

“Preparation” means more than arriving early or having extra copies of the meeting agenda. Let’s be honest – the ability to prepare for any situation is a trait that can take any public relations professional from good to outrageously awesome.

The know-how to preemptively arm yourself with handy supplies is not always natural, but learned. Think “wrenches” like stains, rain or red onions – You know…the Greek salad before that meeting. For me, the self-fulfillment of being prepared for something unexpected is always the best.

Below is a list of pocket-size items you may want to consider toting. You’ll prevent disasters both large and small while astounding clients and coworkers with your knack for PReparation:

* Guys, some items may not apply to you, unless you want to be scarily prepared:

  • Tide to Go Pen
  • Nail File*
  • Oil Blotting Tissues*
  • Chapstick or Lip Gloss*
  • Visine
  • Tissues
  • Koozie (warm hand, cold beverage)
  • White Out
  • Mirror
  • Hair Tie*
  • Business Cards
  • Pen (seems obvious but you’d be surprised)
  • Notepad
  • Breath Mints
  • Feminine Hygiene Products*
  • Collapsible Umbrella
  • Band-Aids
  • Spare Change
  • Hand Lotion
  • Safety Pins
  • Lighter
  • USB Flash Drive
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sharpie Marker
  • Snacks (for the low-blood sugar moment)
  • Wallet-size Calculator
  • Wallet-size List of Local Taxis
  • Stamps
  • Advil
  • Bottle Opener

You may need a large bag or briefcase, but it’ll all be worth it when you inevitably save the day. Mary Poppins anyone?


  1. Kelly says:

    And Tweezers! These can function as both tongs and a screwdriver (if you’re lucky)

  2. Justin says:

    Actually hair ties can apply to guys…just saying.

  3. Becky says:

    Swiss army knife keychain! I can’t tell you how many emergencies this has avoided! Scissors, pen knife, nail file, screwdriver, tweezers and toothpick all in one!

    Just watch out when you go through airport security.

  4. Pam says:

    I love this list! People always make fun of my humongous bag, but I like to be prepared. I would add to the list: Road Side Assistance Card. And an essential to carry in you car: Jumper cables.

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