Dealing with the shopping masses on Black Friday can seem like a daunting task, but contributing Lifestyle Editor for Shape Magazine and author of The FabYOUList Susan Campbell Cross, provides tips that make the holiday shopping scramble easier. The key is to shop smarter not harder—making a few adjustments to your shopping routine can make the difference between going home with all the items checked off your list or getting lost in the chaos.
Susan recommends the following products/apps to turn anyone into a Black Friday shopping expert:
What to Bring in the Car: Pack a cooler for the car stocked with HYDRIVE Energy Water to help you stay focused, energized, and calm as well as snacks (Go Picnic makes some great no-prep healthy options).
Have a Plan of Attack: Decide which stores should be hit up first especially when it comes to purchasing big ticket items, time is of the essence! Recruit your best shopping buddies (no lightweights!) and be prepared to start early and stay out late. Be prepared and have an app like Find My Friend in case anyone gets lost in the massive crowds.
Make Technology Your Friend: Prior to heading out on your Black Friday mission, load up on apps that will make life a little easier. Evernote is a fantastic way to sync notes with other people which is ideal for sharing a shopping list and keeping everyone organized. Take Me to My Car lets users track where their car is parked, helping to make navigating out of a parking garage hassle-free.
Swap the Handbag: Ditch your regular heavy purse for a backpack or crossbody bag to allow a hands free shopping experience. Handy things to carry along for this long shopping excursion could include this mini emergency kit, basic first aid items, wet wipes for shopping carts and hands and an extra phone battery. Make sure to bring some reusable bags in a dark/non see-through color so your family can’t see what’s inside when you haul in the loot at the end of the day.