28 Comments

  1. Sarah
    September 22, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    All great suggestions! I would include breath mints. You never know when you'll be pulled into a meeting right after lunch, or when you'll be taking a cab with a top executive. Have them on hand for yourself and to offer to those around you – sometimes that's all you need to break the ice!SarahSweet Spontaneity

  2. Jordyn Upchurch
    September 22, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    Friction block is literally life. I told my husband about it when he was breaking in a pair of loafers and he seriously swears by it now!xoxo, SSThe Southern Stylista

  3. Miranda
    September 22, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    This is a cute idea! I seriously need a padfolio. I've been going to "big" meetings lately and feel so out of place without one! I'm going to have to look into the friction block. That seems like a great idea!

  4. Morgan Flinchum
    September 22, 2015 / 8:15 pm

    All of these are great go-tos! I never drank a lot of coffee before starting work and now I can't start my day without one!-MorganHow 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  5. Allison
    September 22, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Omg yes dry shampoo–because I'm too tired to wash my hair when I get home from work!

  6. A Peachy Sonder
    September 22, 2015 / 8:38 pm

    Great suggestions! My pens are always stolen because I invest in nice ones, but they are the ones I prefer so I just deal with it! It's the little things in life (like a perfect pen) that mean the most. :)xo. A Peachy Sonder

  7. Unknown
    September 22, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    This is such a cute idea! I would have never thought of making a gift basket. I am also very glad you recommended items that are essential for someone starting out in the workforce. I am a college junior, so I'm not there yet, but I know the day isn't too far off when I will be needing this advice!Colleen | Buckeye Bliss

  8. Breakfast at Lillys
    September 22, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    Such a solid list!I'd def add an agenda in the mix as well because I'd be completely lost without my planner.xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  9. Kayleigh Adam
    September 22, 2015 / 10:31 pm

    Love love this! So true!www.kayleighskloset.com

  10. Fairy Princess Jord
    September 22, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    After just over a year in the workforce I can vouch for your first job survival kit. Lipstick totally makes me feel more put together, I CANNOT live without coffee and a tide to go pen is a smart item I need to incorporate.

  11. Allison Leighann
    September 22, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    I love this so much. I actually have my first "real job" interview this Thursday! :)Allisonleighann.

  12. Lauren Ashley
    September 22, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    YES! This is great! How cute would this be as a care package for a family or friend who's going into a first job?!LaurenThe Fashionista's Diary

  13. Brittany Lockwood
    September 22, 2015 / 11:31 pm

    This is so perfect, as you know I just started my new job. I might just have to make a little gift basket for myself. Thank you so much for your constant advice and support as I journey through post grad life! <3xx. Brittany | Southern Soul

  14. Carley
    September 23, 2015 / 12:51 am

    I have been on the hunt for a padfolio, thanks for sharing!!Carley @ preppylane.blogspot.com

  15. Kylie Souder
    September 23, 2015 / 1:08 am

    Such a great post, these are definitely necessities!

  16. Nicole
    September 23, 2015 / 2:19 am

    You nailed the first job kit perfectly! I love the friction blocker…it's a must! And good quote is always great to keep spirits up at work!Nicole // Chronicling Home

  17. Ashley Vickney
    September 23, 2015 / 2:31 am

    Love this! Saving it for my first job in January! Love this! xoxo

  18. Anonymous
    September 23, 2015 / 3:13 am

    Great post! Cannot stress tide to go enough! I end up getting the weirdest stains from food randomly, I swear!Courtney//As We Stumble Along

  19. Ashley
    September 23, 2015 / 4:01 am

    AMEN to all of the above!! My keurig cups are my biggest and most important items in my survival kit! I usually make coffee and take it with me before work, but on those few days I forget, my K-cups come to the rescue!xo Ashley

  20. PostgradPrep
    September 23, 2015 / 11:59 am

    I would add favorite snacks (serious my snack drawer is my favorite), cute post-its/to do list pads, toothbrush/toothpaste since you never know if you will have a big meeting after lunch, and lotion. What a great idea though and you covered a lot!

  21. Anonymous
    September 23, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    Such great recommendations! I think you got everything covered. I can't tell you how many times I've needed tide to go after spilling coffee on my shirt – such a klutz!Alessandra | blog.pumpup.com

  22. Kayla Rivoli
    September 23, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    I've never heard of the friction block balm! I need to look into that! These are all really great items that I'd love to receive if I was starting in the "real world"! Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  23. Alicia
    September 24, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    I don't think I would have survived post-grad life without coffee. I've become an addict!!xo, Alicia | Alicia Tenise

  24. Anonymous
    September 27, 2015 / 10:48 am

    Great post! Pens are a must because somehow I always start with about 50 and end up with one half chewed one??Pop over to my blog!Sarahhttps://everydayconcepts.wordpress.com

  25. Lexis Hope
    October 21, 2015 / 10:15 am

    Tide to go can save lives!xoxo Lex // LexMeetsWorld

  26. Deborah Bodayle
    May 14, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    I also think Static Guard and a small bottle of body spray would be items that could be included in this wonderful gift idea. Maybe even clear nail polish to stop a run in your hose.

  27. Deborah Bodayle
    May 14, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    I also think Static Guard and a small bottle of body spray would be items that could be included in this wonderful gift idea. Maybe even clear nail polish to stop a run in your hose.

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