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November 17, 2016

Black Friday Survival Guide

Black Friday is the largest shopping day of the year in the United States, and many people revel the experience of researching the best deals, camping in line at the store and feeling the rush of obtaining a limited-stock item. If you’re thinking about joining the Black Friday excitement this year, get a leg-up with these helpful tips.

Know What You Want Beforehand
If you’re just planning on blindly going to the shopping center to stumble upon Black Friday deals, it probably won’t work out well. Most stores send out circulars a few days before that let you pore through all the deals. Make a list of things you want, and the stores that offer it at the best price, and plan your Black Friday shopping trip accordingly.

Drink Coffee in the Morning
Most retailers start Black Friday at the crack of dawn. Because of that, crowds of people line up outside the stores overnight to ensure they get what they want. Show up too late, and it might be sold out. To help you stay energized for this camp-out, brew yourself a pot of coffee before heading out. Pour the coffee in a thermal mug to keep it nice and hot for those long Black Friday lines!

Stay Hydrated
Coffee will help keep you energized, but water will ensure you’re hydrated throughout your Black Friday experience. Waiting in long lines can drum up thirst pretty quickly, so bringing along a few bottles of refreshing water will allow you to focus on those sweet, sweet deals. Our 6.5-ounce Absopure Packables are the perfect size to throw in your bag before you head to the store.

Bring Snacks
Liquids prevent dehydration during Black Friday, but they won’t satisfy an empty stomach. And the last thing you want to do is lose your spot in line to go to a restaurant. Make sure you bring lots of filling, healthy snacks along to make your wait in line more comfortable. Consider bringing these nine hydrating foods, like cucumbers, apples, celery and baby carrots, to pack a healthy, nutritious punch.

Take Breaks
If you’re going Black Friday shopping with a friend or family member, it’s important to switch off waiting in line to prevent drowsiness and sleep deprivation – especially if you’re planning on waiting in line overnight. If you’re going through Black Friday alone, then staying hydrated, drinking coffee and eating healthy snacks will help keep you in the game.

Arm Yourself with Apps
In the technological age, shopping is more efficient than ever! There are tons of apps you can download on your smartphone to help you navigate the hustle and bustle of Black Friday – from sorting through and comparing the best deals, to finding a great parking spot.

What advice do you have for first-time Black Friday shoppers? Tell us in the comments!