Being prepared is a key skill for any good bridesmaid. Rounding the “emergency” kit (and here), here are items I keep on hand for hair-related, make-up-related, and other miscellany that’s bound to come up.

  • Bobby pins
  • Deodorant
  • Earring backs
  • Gum, or better yet, listerine strips (no unpleasant mouth smacking noises or motions)
  • Hairspray (reviews tend to recommend this or this on the cheap)
  • Lipstick (and/or chapstick), of the bride’s color
  • Lotion–which serves as the be-all, smoothing hair frizzies, preventing static cling (apply to legs), moisturizing chapped hands, etc.
  • Mints (see above in re: gum)
  • Nail file
  • Q-tips (or “cotton swabs” to those who prefer the generic term)
  • Razor
  • Scissors
  • Shoe grips–if the bride is wearing her shoes for the first time, the bottoms are probably not scuffed up, so you could consider bringing something that will adhere to the bottoms preventing slips (like this)
  • Snacks–preferably something that 1) will not stick to your teeth (no taffy), 2) will not stain (no strawberries), 3) provides some nutritional value, although hard candy is also a good addition for the sugar-craving bride
  • Straws–so the ladies can take a sip without disturbing their make-up
  • Tweezers
  • Water bottles--because hydration is key (no passing out at the altar!)

Have I forgotten anything? What tips and tricks do you have for the day-of?