What Goes In Your Day-Saving MacGyver Kit?

What Goes In Your Day-Saving MacGyver Kit?

Rachel Sanders almost expects to have her contact go dry at a moment’s notice. She also anticipates unexpected sunshine, lacking change for parking meters, and for headaches to strike at any moment. So Rachel carries around a MacGyver Kit with convenient and clever problem solvers. What would you pack in yours?


Rachel strips most of her goods of their packaging in favour of plastic wrap. The result is an impressive amount of gear packed into a (custom-knit) bag about the size of a soft-drink can. A sampling of the choice items:

  • Bandaids (5)
  • Knuckle bandaid (1)
  • Sewing kit with: needle black and white thread black and white buttons safety pins (3)
  • Excedrin
  • Benadryl
  • $1 in quarters
  • Contact lens case containing:
  • lip balm suntan lotion

  • Spare set of contact lenses
  • Tweezers
  • Deodorant
  • Earplugs

Now comes the fun part: tell us what you’d pack in your own soft drink-sized MacGyver Kit (or, as Rachel suggests, your less-family-friendly “Oh S#%$ Kit”.) Throw in some of your own day-saving tools, and tell us how you’d pack them (like how Rachel uses contact lens cases to store small liquids/gels), in the comments below.

The MacGyver Kit [Trust Rachel]


  • At first glance I thought this looked a good idea, then I thought about when the last time was I’d really needed anything *right now*. I can’t think of any occasion where I haven’t been able to cope with what I had in my pockets, and I only carry my wallet, keys and maybe a hanky. Everything else could either wait (cut finger? suck it, let it bleed and scab up) or could be fixed by popping in to a shop if you pass one to buy what’s needed.

  • I keep a iphone usb cord, band-aid kit, and pain-killers in my volleyball bag (which is almost always in the car when I travel)
    In the car boot I also keep a pair of jeans, shorts and shirt, deodorant, toothbrush and paste, bacteria wipes and a couple towels.

    This is more for those times when you unexpectedly go out or something happens during the day. For example, you slip and land in a puddle on your lunch break. Or if giving a lift to someone from sport who is sweaty, I can give them a towel to protect my seats.

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