Throwing a bachelorette bash is an excellent way to de-stress and reenergize before the big day, but between toasting to your last night as a single woman too many times and running out of $1 bills at a certain sort of entertainment establishment, any number of things can go haywire during the fête. The solution is to be prepared for any scenario, and the key to preparation is an emergency kit. Whether you're planning a relaxing afternoon at the spa, a rigorous ropes course bonding exercise, or a trip to the local club to let loose, every bride needs a handful of key items on hand in case of crisis. Jove Meyer, owner and creative director of the lauded Brooklyn-based company Jove Meyer Events, and Rachal Smith Zembrycki of New Orleans and Nashville-based bachelorette party-planning company Bach Weekend offer their thoughts on exactly what crucial items to pack for an epic — and safe — bachelorette party experience.
1. Transportation company phone numbers
Zembrycki recommends that brides distribute the phone numbers of local transportation companies to each member of the party, lest attendees become stranded after a late night of carousing. "Before going out everyone should have the phone numbers for local cab services," she advises. In addition, "Pre-plan a meeting spot incase the group gets split up," Zembrycki suggests. There are usually one or more members of the bachelorette party who enjoy cheekily branching off from the prescribed plan.
2. Fashion emergency accoutrements
Not all bachelorette party crises are health-related, Meyer reminds brides. In case of a fashion emergency, Meyer proposes carrying a lint roller, a Tide pen, fashion tape, safety pins, deodorant removing sponge, scissors, baby wipes and extra undies.
3. Refreshments and snacks
Bachelorette parties are usually synonymous with drinking, and the last thing brides need is a group of highly inebriated pals painting the town red after imbibing on an empty stomach. "If the group is staying overnight in a hotel, bottled water and some snacks are a must. Always keep some food in your stomach and stay well hydrated!" Zembrycki insists.
4. Electronics essentials
Ensuring that your iPhone has a full battery may not be a top priority at your bachelorette party — but it should be. Make sure to stash your phone charger in your bag before dashing out the door. "Somehow phones die at the most important moments!" Meyer reminds brides.
5. First aid basics
Meyer advocates carrying first aid necessities for any bachelorette bumps or bruises that may occur during the revelry. His favorites to have on hand include Benyadryl, Tums, cough drops and blister defense. Zembrycki agrees, explaining, "Many brides don't realize they need to be almost as prepared for the bachelorette party as they are for their weddings."