Float – check. Business cards – check. Pens – check. There are a whole list of items on my checklist which I make sure I take with me to each event. However, there are a few “must have” items which I have learnt over the years are worth their weight in gold. Here’s a list of my top five – I wonder what yours would be?
1. Wet-wipes. I have arrived at many an event to inwardly groan at the site of chemical toilets. My pet hate of all time, these ghastly, but necessary conveniences always leave me wanting to scrub my hands in disinfectant. Wet wipes are a no-nonsense, practical solution.
In addition to this, they are also great for cleaning up unforeseen spillages. I once had the lid fall off my coffee whilst I was drinking, covering my white shirt in brown sludge. Wet wipes went a long way to getting rid of the stain and making me a bit more presentable at a time when a change of clothes was out of the question.
2. A bottle of cola drink. I don’t like cola or fizzy drinks. However, after a long day eventing, the journey home can be soporiphic, no matter how short it is. Sometimes a “boost” is needed. A drink of cola contains caffeine and the fizz means it gets into your system quicker. I have also experimented with eating apples and bananas, both much healthier options. However, for me, the fizzy quick fix seems to be the most effective to perk me up enough to get me home. It goes without saying that if you’re bone tired, you shouldn’t drive at all. Pull over and get some rest.
3. A folding crate or two. Ah, the joys of a folding crate! Need to raise your display for added height – use a folding crate covered in a cloth. Need to transport goods for sale? Use a folding crate. They’re light, don’t take up much space when they are collapsed and provide wonderful storage at very low cost. Take a few extra ones with you wherever you go, together with a spare cloth, in case your space allocation is not quite what you expect.
4. Blu Tack – invalable for sticking things down, especially if there is a breeze! It is also great for de-fluffing and I have even used it to stick my SatNav to the dashboard of the car in an emergency!
5. A packet of biscuits. Notice that I say a packet and not just a chocolate biscuit. This is not because of my insatiable love of biscuits (although anyone who knows me will identify my love of food!). It is because they are a great way of making friends. Okay, so you may not want to be best buddies with the stallholders next to you. However, you may well need them to cover for you when you pop to the loo or to get more supplies from storage. How much better then to be on good terms with them and how much more willing they will be to help out if you have shared a biscuit or two.