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Digital Care Package Part 1: "Essential" Takes on a Whole New Meaning

By Lauren Rahill

As I was prepping my workspace this morning for another day at “the office,” I laughed as I saw what was laid out in front of me. I realized that, in addition to the standard work essentials — laptop, cell phone, phone charger, coffee, notepad/pen — I (completely by accident) had created a little lineup of work from home essentials that get me through each work day.

I thought I’d share some ideas for adding to your own list of essentials.

1. Hand sanitizer. Because not touching my face has been the challenge of the century, taking unexpected, hero-like resolve, hand sanitizer has been my saving grace these past few weeks. Seriously, after this, we all deserve a medal. Note: Any brand you can get your hands on will do, but shout out to my friends at GAIN for unknowingly hooking me up months ago!

2. Kiehl’s ultimate strength hand salve. All that hand sanitizer is making my hands akin to sand paper. Anyone else?

3. Hydrating lip balm. Not wearing my usual red lipstick is putting a serious damper on lip care. A really moisturizing lip balm will help get those lips ready for whenever social distancing allows us within six feet.

4. Allergy pills. A special thank you to Oklahoma for providing a fun daily guessing game: COVID-19 or allergies? Having these little guys handy has allowed me the continued use of contacts and seriously (though not entirely) decreased the need to touch my face.

5. Wireless headphones. Being able to pace and talk is really upping my conference call game and helping me get in some steps, particularly during the intermittent rainy days of recent weeks (again, thank you Oklahoma).

6. Nail file. Nail salons are apparently not considered “essential.” Therefore, we must improvise.

I never want to make light of a grave situation, but in all seriousness, if we can’t find ways to laugh at the craziness of our current reality just a little, we may need to add crazy pills to the essentials list soon.

As for me, number seven will likely come around 5:00 p.m. with the appearance of a wine glass.

What do you prefer? Red, white or maybe some rosé? (Personally, I don’t discriminate.) Email me your wine of choice at!

Lauren Rahill oversees Sagac's account management and new business group. As Marketing Director, she brings to her role nearly a decade of experience planning and executing public affairs campaigns for pro-business political committees and managing the strategic planning aspects of Sagac’s public affairs clientele.

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