By Lindsay Craven
Emergency kits might inspire fear at the first mention of their name, but they aren’t necessarily tied to instances of disaster. Thanks to handy sites like Pinterest and Etsy, there’s inspiration for ways to create kits for both real emergencies and for those little emergencies that life throws at us daily. This column will explore ideas of items that could be essential for various types of emergency kits, so that you can be inspired and start your own. This month we’ll looking at items to prepare a kit for “Black Friday,” a time of great deals that come with great sacrifice.
You’ll want to carry something that’s not a hassle to balance with your shopping bags. If you plan to head in with the pushing and shoving of the door-buster crowd, you may want to carry a cross-body bag that won’t fall off your shoulder in the rush.
Black Friday is a crazy experience and the best way to tackle all the great deals is being well prepared before you head out that night. Do some recon work in your Thanksgiving Day ad inserts in the local paper. There are lots of great templates online or apps for your phone that keep track of what items you’re looking for in each store and their sale price, and you can even go so far as to see if you can find a store map online, so you can find out where you need to go in the store once you’re in the door.
Long lines are the nemesis to all Black Friday shoppers. If you have a friend as hardcore as you, then you may have the convenience of conversation to keep you busy, but if you don’t, or if you end up in separate lines, then you may need to entertain yourself. Prepare your iPod or phone with a great, upbeat playlist or your favorite podcast, or you could even bring along a great page-turning book to keep your mind off the creeping check-out lines.
Hours upon hours of shopping can lead to a growling stomach and dehydration, and those food-court lines can be just as brutal as the store lines. Make sure to take along some healthy supplies to keep you nourished. Take an extra large, preferably refillable, water bottle and some healthy energy or protein bars. Bogging yourself down with carbs and sodas could just slow you down and make you sleepy.
Toting around a full-size bag might be a bit cumbersome in the stores, so make sure to take a wristlet that you can move your essentials to. A perfect wristlet would have room to carry your phone, some cash and credit cards, a lip gloss and maybe even have a hook for some hand sanitizer to clip on to keep the germs at bay.
It’s inevitable that in all the noisy crowds and stress of shopping you’re going to get hit with a headache or backache from standing in line. Take an assortment of pain relievers, some breath mints that can also double for nausea relief if you’re in a pinch, and maybe even some Emergen-C, if you find yourself next to some sickly people in line. Better to be well prepared than sore and sick the next morning.
Your feet will most definitely be the most abused portion of your body, come the end of Black Friday. Even if your shoes are particularly comfy, it’s always a good idea to stash a pair of insoles in your bag, in case they’re no longer doing the trick halfway into the day.