On my way out to dinner last week, I got caught in one of the surprise freak thunderstorms that was plaguing our fair city.

I looked like a drowned rat. Luckily, I was prepared.

Not a single regular reader of this column would be shocked to learn that I wear quite a bit of makeup pretty much every day.

I also spend most of my time away from home, and I don't exactly travel light.

I tote so much makeup with me some might call me overprepared. Better safe than sorry, I say.

These are the things I (currently) carry, and why:

With all of the above, I was able to make myself presentable again on short notice. Though perhaps next time I should also carry an umbrella.

Alison Smith is ready for nearly any beauty scenario. Got a burning beauty question? Email asmith@philly.com.