It’s going to be a mite chilly waiting for that 5am opening this Black Friday! Here are 9 supplies recommended by veteran Black Friday shoppers to keep you fed, warm, and entertained while camping out in line:
A small tent helps keep the wind off and contain body heat.
2. Sleeping Bag
The insulation of a sleeping bag keeps the cold ground from sucking out all your body heat.
3. Warm Clothing
If you’ve got snow pants, you’re ultra-prepared! Otherwise, several layers of clothing are a must. Don’t forget thick socks, and make sure all your joints (ankles, wrists, knees) are covered as those are major points of heat loss.
If you don’t have a sleeping bag, two blankets (one for underneath you and one for on top of you) will do the trick.
5. Food and Water
While your food will probably be cold, it’s best not to bring items that are meant to be eaten cold (ice cream, etc) and stick to snacks that are eaten at room temperature, such as crackers and sandwiches. You don’t want things to melt; rather, you want items that might normally be placed into a refrigerator (the outside air will act as the fridge).
6. Books/Games/DVD players
Sitting for hours can get pretty boring. Bring reading material to keep yourself occupied, or some DVD’s or Blu-ray discs for yourself or friends to watch. With a great game, you’ll also like make some new friends!
7. Fold Out Chairs
Keeping off the concrete will help you stay warm and avoid leg cramps. Small fold-out tables are also nice to have if you’ll be there for several hours so that you have something off of which to eat and drink.
8. Camping Heater
If it’s going to be dangerously cold, or you’ll be out for a long time, a small propane camping heater in your tent will make the night go a lot faster.
9. Extra Circulars
You never know what might happen if you only have one! Extra copies of the circulars will also help time pass if you’re into price-matching. You can also spend some time scouring the best Black Friday shopping apps on your smartphone.
While this looks like a lot of stuff, it really is necessary given the length of time you could be waiting and how cold the temperatures can drop. Once you get your ticket from the retail store, you’ll want to make sure you can get all your stuff packed away in a reasonable amount of time. Be sure to bring a buddy to help get it all back in the car so your spot in line isn’t lost.
And an important last note: as you’re planning out where you’re going to shop, make sure to scout out the area for bathrooms. If you have a buddy, one of you can hold the spot in line while the other goes for a bathroom break. Some shoppers even bring an RV and take turns waiting in the cold in line! You can also check for 24 hour restaurants or nearby gas stations. You don’t want to miss the first few minutes of the sale because you’re stuck in line for the bathroom when the doors open.
Be prepared and make this year’s Black Friday the best yet!
(photo credit: djLicious)