Los Angeles Times –
Preparing for Black Friday means knowing what to wear, what gear to bring and what kind of support you may need.
Sensible clothing is key. If you’re camping out overnight, wear layers and keep warm. If you’re mainly looking for shoes, wear a pair that’s easy to slip on and off, such as flip-flops. Shopping for outerwear and don’t want to wait in line for fitting rooms? Wear a tight-fitting tank top and try things on in the aisles.
Carry a water bottle or an energy drink and snacks such as granola bars or crackers.
Charge up your smartphone or tablet. Download Black Friday apps, check retailers’ Twitter accounts for updates and consult price-comparison websites while waiting in line.
Store layout maps are crucial if you plan on shopping for a specific item with a limited supply.
A list of store opening times can help you plan the order of stores to hit and not waste time.
Consider using walkie-talkies to communicate with multiple friends and family in different areas of a store at the same time. They’re useful where cellphone service is weak or nonexistent.
A patient buddy who isn’t shopping can lug your bags around, save a spot for you in line and run to Hot Dog on a Stick to get you a snack.
A detailed shopping list, with specific model numbers for electronics and sizes for clothing, will keep you focused. And, if you’re being good, set a budget.