We all have those days that just go sour because something goes wrong. There is a twist of fate that ruins your day and puts you behind schedule. It always happens when you least expect it and at the most inopportune moment. Some mishaps don’t have to ruin your entire day. If you plan accordingly and have backups, you can save yourself a lot of time and stress. Most of the time, it is not a question of if something unfortunate will happen, but when.
1. A smartphone is basically an extension of yourself. You can’t communicate with anyone without it. So, when you accidentally wash it or it gets caught in the rain, you have a finite amount of time to fix it. It is very important to make sure you power off your device right way. Then you need to place it in an airtight container with some form of absorbent material. Rice is handy in a pinch, but you can plan ahead and have desiccants waiting for this exact occasion. You can purchase them online or you can slowly save them up. They are those little packets that come in shoeboxes and jerky. Every time you find one, keep it stored away for the moment you really need it. They will come in handy on a rainy day.
2. Everyone eventually gets a flat tire. So, you should be prepared by, not only having a spare tire, but also the knowledge of how to properly replace a flat tire. It is quite simple to learn but it is harder to actually do. You need to make sure you have all the proper tools to replace the flat tire and safely secure the spare. Being prepared to change a flat can be the difference between paying for a tow and being self-sufficient and saving some money.
3. Another vehicle-related misfortune is when your battery dies. It could be caused by multiple things, from leaving a light on to just having an old battery. Not only should you have a set of jumper cables in your car, but you should know how to use them. Electricity is no joke. You can also spring for a jumper kit, so you won’t need to rely on a good Samaritan to help you jump your vehicle.
4. Another day ruiner is when you lose your wallet. All of your credit cards, your license and other valuables- gone. Make sure you freeze your accounts right away. That will save you from having to dispute charges if someone uses your cards. You should also have back up cash somewhere, either in your car or at home. Even having a backup$20 can help you buy some gas or get a meal while you are getting everything back on track.
5. Forgetting your keys for your car or your home is another scenario that is inevitable; it’s just a matter of time before it happens to you. Hiding a spare key always comes in handy; you can hide the spare for your
home in the yard or even hide a spare car key under your license plate. You can also give a spare key to a trusted friend or family member for just this occasion. Another helpful trick is to know how to break into your own car or home. As a last resort, the knowledge of how to pick a lock or jimmy a door could be a real lifesaver.
6. Accidentally breaking your glasses is another common unlucky occurrence that can ruin not only your day but even a week, depending on how long it will take to get a replacement. You could use the tape on the bridge trick, but it is always better to have a backup pair. You should also have a repair kit on hand to fix the hinges, in case you lose a screw.
7. Stains are inevitable. As humans, we are always spilling or dropping things. Being prepared for a spill can help you maintain your cool in the workplace instead of fretting over a dreadful stain. There are plenty of one use (one-use) stain removers that you can keep at your desk or you can just keep some hydrogen peroxide to quickly get the major stain out.
8. Power outages happen when you least expect it, but it doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared for them. Always have candles and matches in an easy to reach location, along with a flashlight or lantern. You should also have an alternate method for cooking or heating water in case your water heater is electric as well. Camping stoves are always a good thing to keep handy.
9. Another panic-causing event is when your dog eats something they shouldn’t. Maybe they snuck a bar of chocolate off the counter or ate some plastic out of the trash. Keep some peroxide on hand so you can use it to induce your dog to vomit. You only need a tablespoon or so, depending on the weight of your dog, but it should be enough to get them to vomit whatever is in their stomach that shouldn’t be.
10. The best way to be prepared is to have a pack with the essentials ready to go. It should have travel toiletries, with a toothbrush and deodorant. These can come in handy if you are running late and forget them before leaving for work. Having a snack or two in your pack can also come in handy if you forget to pack a lunch. You should also have a little stash of medical supplies like band-aids, antibiotic ointment, and aspirin for minor aches and pains.
Instead of waiting for some misfortune to befall you and ruin your day, take some precautionary measures and be prepared. Knowing you can handle the small pitfalls that fate may try to throw your way will alleviate your stress and give you a strong sense of self-reliance.