All set for any emergency?

How well are you set for emergencies? Husband thinks that I am always ready to think of the worst. He says I jump every time the phone rings, that I am totally paranoid.

Paranoid or not, I cannot step out of house without my phone.. Nor can I go to sleep without the phone beside me. How on earth did I survive those years before mobiles? Or even landlines for that matter.. Clearly, my paranoia has grown over the years..

I never step out without my wallet with me. Husband on the other hand, is known for forgetting his. It has happened more than once that he has gone out, and realized at the checkout that he has forgotten his wallet at home. Normally, I am there to rescue him. Once, right after Poohi was born, we went for a walk and had planned to pick up a few essentials from a nearby supermarket. We got everything and stood in the queue, only to reach the checkout and realize that neither of us had our wallets. Now this was just a few of weeks after my delivery. I was not supposed to do any thing that exerted me. My mum had decreed that hauling my handbag was hard work 🙂 So I was without my handbag, husband had no money on him, and I was already exhausted after the walk. We had no option but for me to wait there while husband rushed home to get his wallet.. And yes, those days we did not have a car either! That was probably one of the only times we ended up like this – without any money. Husband, as I said, is still unfazed about walking around without his wallet, cards or money. I am the other extreme. I feel extremely uncomfortable. I might not have cash, but I always have cards and my phone. Husband is not bothered about the phone either. His phone’s primary use is to browse the internet. Calling up people or receiving calls are much lower in priority 🙂

Once chatting to a friend, I was jolted out of my complacence. She said she kept a couple of hundred pounds with her at all time! My jaw-dropped! There would be days when I could only find pennies in my purse.. And husband is of no help either. Goodness! Here I was, thinking that I was all set for emegencies, only to realize that I wasn’t! Money was added to my emergency kit. Now I always have cash as well 🙂 Can’t take chances, you see! Not 200 pounds –  I would be scared to walk around with that much on me – but something for sure.

Is it a wonder that you can find just about everything in my handbag? Everything except the one thing that I need at that moment 🙂

So tell me, are you all set for emergencies? And what do you consider your must-haves?