My younger son, who is 11, hopped into the car last Friday and told me that the extra shirt he keeps in his backpack came in handy at school that day (apparently he had the need to wrap it around his head “to be like a ninja”). I wasn’t aware he carried an extra shirt around so I asked him about it. He said that since he’d started reading survival manuals and books a couple of years ago, and found out how important extra cloth could be in a survival situation, he’d always kept the t-shirt stowed away in the inside, zippered pocket.
I smiled at that and then reflected on what I carry in my purse on a regular basis. Like my son, I believe it’s good to be prepared. I won’t bore you with the all the various and sundry items I walk around with (my purse weighs several pounds) but I will tell you about what I keep in one of my zippered pouches at all times. FOOD! That’s right, I walk around the world toting snacks wherever I go. I’ve done it for the past couple of decades.
When I first started weight training, I amended my diet to accommodate the need for good, high quality calories. At first, I often found myself out and about without any desirable food alternatives. I didn’t want to rely on fast food, or sugary snacks and so I started keeping healthy snacks in my purse that could tide me over until I could make a nutritious meal. It’s served me well. I never find myself at the mercy of the closest McDonalds when I get hungry.
Over the years, I’ve discovered what food items work best in my purse. I learned quickly not to put squishable foods like bananas in there, even just for the day. Somehow, they always turned into a mushy, oozy brown mess no matter how I tried to place them so they were protected. I also avoid food that rots…just in case I forget it’s there…until, I notice a singularly unpleasant odor following me around.
What’s inside, you ask?
I’ve found, over the years that it’s best to be prepared with at least one meal on hand at all times. That way you can stay true to your nutritional goals and if you do end up with a Big Mac in your hand, it’s because you made a conscious choice to eat it and not because it was the only alternative.