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Did We Register for That?

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Statistically speaking, there are going to be 182,000 weddings in June this year. Chances are, you’ve been invited to one of them. Money is the most popular gift, followed by something off the couple’s wedding registry. Do you ever wonder how many china plates and bookends wind up at the Goodwill or how soon that $30 bath sheet will be lining a puppy crate? Not that we’re cynical here, in fact we love weddings. But, we’re practical – thus the name of our company.

And so, when we’re invited to a wedding we like to give something different. Something slightly off the registry. Something that’s going to be valuable long after the money is spent or the blender breaks. We like to give peace of mind, tied up with a big white bow.

That’s right. We sometimes we wrap up a Survival Kits, whether they are not sure they wanted one or not. The idea started at my own wedding when a favorite uncle gave us a basket of smoke detectors, every kind of battery we might need, flashlights and a first aid kit. Sure, we may have curled our eyebrows when we opened the box, but we have used all of these things at some point – usually the need arises around 3 a.m. for some reason – and we find ourselves thanking Uncle Ray aloud as we shuffle gratefully back to bed.

At Wise, we’ve improved on Uncle Ray’s long ago Emergency Basket. We call it the Essential Survival Kit.

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Here’s what comes in our nifty red emergency backpack:

  • Packages of Pocket Tissue (6)
  • 4-in-1 Dynamo Flashlight (6)
  • Deck of Playing Cards (1)
  • Water Proof Matches (50)
  • Waste Bags (2)
  • Note Pad (1)
  • Golf Pencil (1)
  • Mylar Sleeping Bags (2)
  • Leather Palm Work Gloves (1)
  • 36 Piece Bandage Kit (1)
  • Water Filtration Bottle (1)
  • Portable Stove (1)
  • Stove Fuel Tablets (16)
  • Metal Fork (1)
  • Knife and Spoon (1)
  • Sierra Cup (1)

Wise Emergency Food Supply (44 Servings) including:

  • Savory Stroganoff
  • Chili Macaroni
  • Creamy a la King and Rice
  • Pasta Alfredo
  • Creamy Pasta and Veg Rotini
  • Teriyaki and Rice
  • Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
  • Hearty Tortilla Soup
  • Apple Cinnamon Cereal
  • Brown Sugar and Maple Cereal
  • Crunchy Granola

This will carry your young couple through an entire week of a bad snowstorm, an extended power-outage or a worse-than-average supply chain interruption. (And, there have been times we’ve tossed around the idea of faking an emergency just so we could turn off our cell phones, play cards and catch up on sleep for a week. It’s not a bad idea and we won’t tell if you do it.)

The kit is $179, which just about equals the cost-per-head that your hosts are shelling out for your cake and dinner. You’d be Even Steven.

The thing is, most young couples have a lot on their minds – jobs, new families, housing, not killing each other or their in-laws, so they probably aren’t thinking about what happens in an emergency. Think about it for them; help them take care of each other. Someday they’ll be thanking you out loud as they shuffle gratefully back to bed.

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