Usually we have a little warning before we vomit our lunches, but sometimes you only have a matter of seconds to find a toilet or trash can to hold your puke. It’s disgusting in the moment, but you can continue to feel awful throughout the day if you’re unprepared and can’t immediately leave to go home. Building a tiny little vomit survival kit, however, can restore you to freshness.
You don’t need to put much inside, just a few things that can make you feel a little less gross after an involuntary purge:
- A small pouch to carry the kit. You probably have something already that’s about the size of an index card, but if not, you can just get these and go with the size that suits your kit best.
- Wet wipes to clean off any of the aftermath on your face (or elsewhere).
- Tissues for your nose so you can blow it. As gross as this may be to think about, sometimes vomit can end up in your nasal passages. You don’t want that smell bothering you indefinitely.
- Colgate Wisp mini toothbrushes. You could bring a toothbrush and toothpaste, but that takes up a lot of room. These little guys are single use mini brushes with the toothpaste built in. They’re great for cleaning your mouth up in an emergency.
- Three empty bottles to fill with liquids. When you vomit, a few things happen. You end up a little dehydrated, your stomach is still upset, and your mouth may still stink a little. Fill one with ginger ale to settle your stomach (although it will probably be a bit flat by the time you drink it, and be mindful of expiration dates), one with electrolyte-enhanced water to rehydrate you, and one with mouthwash to get rid of any lingering aftertaste the toothbrush couldn’t handle.
- Altoids (or other mints) to keep your mouth feeling fresh.
Depending on your needs, you can keep this kit at work, in your car, in the bathroom, and/or wherever else you choose. Just make sure you have access to it during those inopportune moments and you won’t feel so gross after you puke.