Some of the most dedicated outdoorsmen will be packing their 4x4s with tents, sleeping bags, camping stoves, hand-warmers--smartphones and portable DVD players. With only the most vital supplies, they will journey across endless miles ...and pull into their local Best Buy parking lot.
Along with some of the biggest electronics deals, Black Friday means adventure to many urban mountain men and soccer moms alike. Shoppers will campout as early as a week before the big day to be first in line for the deals. Sound exciting? Be wary; the smallest mistake could mean your survival (or just your place in line). Preparation is key, and ConsumerSearch is here to help you prepare for this escapade. When planning your super savings siege, consider these packing essentials:
Shopping buddy: This is a must-have. A shopping buddy helps pass the time, and with a buddy, you can plan a rotation to occupy your spot. Also, when the big moment finally comes, a buddy can run supplies back to the car while you save your spot.
Tent: Consider how long you will be camping out. If you are planning on arriving the day before, you may not need a tent. For a longer stay, a tent is a must for privacy, some comfort, and shelter from the elements. Everything you bring must be cleaned up; bring a small tent that can be disassembled and packed in a hurry.
Umbrella and poncho: If you are not using a tent for whatever reason, an umbrella is crucial. A poncho provides even more protection. Don't let the rain or snow ruin your Black Friday experience!
Sleeping bag: The best defense against the nighttime cold, they are easy and quick to pack.
Chairs: Sitting on the concrete will eventually hurt; folding chairs with a carrying bag help remedy a sore butt.
Layers of clothing: The night will be cold. Dress in layers for warmth. This way, if it does become too warm, you can simply shed some clothing. Consider hand warmers if you live in an especially cold area.
Power cord plus power strip: Cell phones and any other battery-powered devices will most likely die during a long wait. Some stores may provide an outdoor outlet; call in advance to check.
Entertainment: Nothing makes time crawl like standing - rather sitting - in line. Bring games, books, knitting, or a portable DVD player to pass the time. Catch up on that reading you've been putting off.
Snacks: Do not forget sustenance on your suburban campout. Bring plenty to drink and something to snack on. Plan out your meals in advance. You may need to pack a camping stove and cooler if you plan on an extra long wait.
Pack light: When it is time to break camp and jump in line at the door, you want as little to carry or throw in your car as possible. CJ Fehr from Buffalo, NY, decided to forego any luxuries last year in place of an extra speedy entrance, "When it was finally time to head into the store, we really had nothing on us but are wallets and phones. So, we didn't have to put anything in my car or leave on the sidewalk." Admittedly, he wishes we had brought chairs, and a raincoat.
Equipped with these Black Friday campout essentials, no one can come between you and great savings. Now go get those deals!