The Fixer Upper star is ready for anything!

By Meghan Overdeep
December 10, 2018
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Chip and Joanna Gaines
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In addition to her favorite $6 eyeliner, you can always count on ever-practical home design maven Joanna Gaines to be packing two other essentials wherever she goes: a tape measure and a notebook.

The busy Homebody author explained to Country Living that the former is a must-have simply because you never know when you'll stumble upon a piece you just have to have.

"I always have one in my purse," Gaines revealed of her go-to tool. She also recommends keeping measurements for empty areas handy, so you'll be prepared if you come across something unexpected.

"You'll never know when you need it," she said of her trusty tape measure "You may find that perfect piece and say this is exactly what I needed!"

And then there's the notebook. Gaines, 40, told Country Living that she favors a small, leather version that's tiny enough to stash in her bag.

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"I always have a notebook in my purse because you never know when you're going to sketch something out or take a note," she shared.

We have a feeling that Gaines, who welcomed her fifth child in June, has also been carrying around a diaper or two lately!