Before we begin…
It is worth mentioning that we are a production company, not medical professionals. This post is meant to be informational and does not serve any official capacity. You should always consult with a medical provider or on set medic before handing out any type of medicine or giving medical advice.
Headaches are terrible
Headaches on production? The. Actual. Worst. Honestly, when anything starts to flare up — seasonal allergies, disposable contacts, or even over-indulging in craft services — it’s always going to feel worse when you’re on a job, under all kinds of pressure. This is precisely why we pack a robust hospitality kit for every single job, and scale it up or down depending on the location. Beyond the bandaids, here’s a peek at what we pack.
Advil and Excedrin
Excedrin is an obvious one. Crew and clients don’t have the opportunity to go to a pharmacy, and may not carry something like pain meds on them at all times. Knowing some people have allergies to acetaminophen, we come prepared with options.
We want some of our items to be a surprise and delight — but needing a feminine product shouldn’t be a surprise you feel unprepared to handle. If we had a client who we’d just met that day, it would probably be awkward for them to ask someone on our team for supplies. So we keep them conveniently in the bathroom, no “excuse me”s necessary For items like this, we’re anticipating needs for comfort level on set, and making sure “delight” follows any “surprises” on set.
We’re specifically asked about these pretty often. But not just any eye drops; we’re known for introducing our crew to Rohto Ice Drops. More than just aiding in traditional ways, if people are feeling tired on Day 7 of a shoot, or it’s an early call with an hour-and-a-half half drive to set, or it’s just a really long day and they’re feeling drowsy, sometimes crew will use our eye drops just to feel refreshed and alert. Sharing a little item like this can be great for morale.
If someone feels a cold is coming on, taking these right away can be a huge help. Especially during flu season, our crew has really appreciated the B12 since a lot of them are working back-to-back shoots. This item can make the difference between being on set, or being home sick — which is a nice reassurance.
Alka Seltzer and Tums
Stomach troubles are the worst. These help.
Shout wipes, gum, and floss
We use Shout wipes all the time on set — and they come in especially handy with wardrobe. Gum and floss are things that people often forget to pack, but are essential when you’re eating on the road multiple times a day.
Summer sun protection…and winter warmth
Sunblock is a no-brainer, but we carry several other items to combat sunny days. If we know we’ll be shooting outside on a particularly hot day, we’ll soak washcloths overnight in water and lavender or peppermint essential oil, and put them in a fridge. The next day on set, they’re super cold, refreshing, and fragrant. Alternatively, in wintertime, we stock plenty of hand warmers and space blankets for standing around on cold days. They really help.
Essential oils and supplements
Some people don’t like to take traditional medicine, so we are always stocked up with natural alternatives. A lot of times, we keep lavender or peppermint on set, which is great for migraines. A few drops of peppermint oil on the temples is also another great way to help people focus and stay alert.
As this list shows, many of our items aren’t necessarily driven by hospitality or even hygiene, but about staying three steps ahead. We keep our kit near craft services where it’s easy for our set medic to access, to ensure that everyone has everything they need to stay healthy and happy.