Mary Poppins

Event Managers are a strange breed who like any good scout are always prepared. Not being an event manager myself I often find myself out and about at meetings or on an event without a pen/swiss army knife/mac or other random item. However, I can rest assured that the event manager by my side will be able to magic with Mary Poppinsesque efficiency the required item from somewhere.

With that in mind, I thought I would quiz the EMG Operations Department to find out what exactly is on the EMG Events Survival Kit List, and what they don’t leave the office without.

Definition of a Survival Kit: a package of basic tools and supplies prepared in advance as an aid to survival in an emergency.

Tools & other useful items

  • Multi tools kit
  • Pliers
  • Mallet
  • Cable ties
  • Bungee cord
  • Rope
  • Duct tape
  • Plastic bags
  • Matches
  • Lighter (with spare fuel)
  • Torch
  • Tape measure


  • Well stocked First Aid Kit


  • Clip board (with various forms & emergency contact numbers)
  • Lots of pens
  • Lots of pencils
  • Sharpies
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Headed paper
  • Post its
  • Blue tac
  • Double sided tape
  • Safety pins
  • USB stick
  • Elastic bands

Technical Equipment

  • Phone & charger
  • Camera
  • Laptop/iPad & charger
  • Walkie talkies
  • Spare batteries

Personal Items & Accessories

  • Spare hair bands
  • Spare hair pins
  • Tissues
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Wellies
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Water
  • Snacks

Obviously there would be some changes depending on the type of event but this is a pretty good starting point!