Monday, July 08, 2013

A Wedding Personal-Surival-Kit (PSK)

My brother is getting married in a bit, and I felt it was my responsibility to properly equip him for the big day. Rather than prepare a full-blown-handle-anything wedding day kit, I made him a personal one. Of course, it's in an Altoids Tin. I tried to keep the contents focused on actual wedding day needs; I'm assuming he won't have to start a fire or catch fish on his big day. Thought I could be wrong.

Why a Personal Kit and not the kitchen sink version?

  • I'm a firm believer that smaller kits will go more places. He can toss this in a pants pocket at the start of the day and keep it nearby no matter where he or his bride are.
  • Fewer items means that you know exactly what you're carrying, and can quickly put it to use.
  • A smaller kit promotes of life's most important skills: Learn to Improvise. I believe if you can make do with what you have, you're already a good way towards a successful and happy marriage.
  • The wedding planner already has the big kit covered. So yeah, what I'm providing is pretty much symbolic. But who knows, the kit may still save the day. We'll see.

Contents

  • Altoids Tin
  • 2ft of Gorilla Tape (essentially fancy Duct Tape)
  • (1) cough drop with the handy message "You've survived worse" printed on it
  • (1) sewing kit with multiple colors of threads, needles, a button and a small safety pin
  • (2) bobby pins
  • (1) large safety pin
  • (1) penny
  • (1) sharpie
  • (4) ibuprofen tablets
  • (2) Pepto-Bismol tablets
  • (1) hair rubber band
  • (1) multi-tool with small blade, scissors, file and most importantly bottle opener
  • (8) quotes/jokes about marriage for use in off-the-cuff speeches
  • (2) band-aids (not pictured)

A few comments on the contents:

I really like the multi-tool, it's compact, inexpensive, fits an Altoids Tin and most importantly is actually functional. It should work well for opening packages or trimming stray threads.

Why a penny? Dozens of reasons! Randomly, I selected a penny from the year my Brother was born. That makes it Lucky, right?

About the only item I didn't fit in there that I wanted to was one of those stain remover sticks. I'll have to keep an eye out for one.

2 comments:

  1. What about the ring?

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  2. Beverly - an excellent suggestion!

    Maybe I should slip some tinfoil and a piece of cardboard into the kit: instant ring, right?

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