From the long lines to the early wake-up call, hitting up post-Thanksgiving sales is no picnic. Here are our essentials to get you through the day.
Girl with bowls
The last thing you'll want to worry about on Black Friday is a bad hair day. So, bring a collection of ponytail holders and pins to secure your strands out of your face, so you can focus on stock-piling more discounted goodies.
Goody Simple Styles Mini Spin Pins, $7.50; amazon.com
First Aid Supplies
Shopping sales can get aggressive any day, but when you couple it with rushing crowds and early-morning, dimly lit parking lots, it's the recipe for sidelining boo-boo's. At the very least, bring adhesive bandages to seal any nicks or paper cuts (those weekly advertisements are lethal!) to keep your discount-scrounging paws in tip-top shape.
Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids, $5; cynthiarowley.com
Burt's Bees wipes
It's no secret, ladies. Even the most laid-back shoppers can work up a sweat when tracking down Black Friday deals. Keep your mug refreshed with skin-soothing makeup wipes throughout the day to look your best as you hunt. Bonus purpose? You can also use them to clean off any dusty boxes.
Burt's Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract, $5.99; drugstore.com
Orgins Calm Inducer
When screaming shoppers prove to be too much, keep a stash of aromatherapy stress potions on hand to get some mid-spree zen. We love this formula for its tension-busting basil and peppermint scent.
Origins Peace of Mind On-the-Spot Relief, $11; orgins.com
Dr. Scholl's inserts
Standing for hours in lines is murder on your your heels and tootsies. Search out a pair of insoles that promise long-lasting relief for your hard-working feet, to keep you shopping long after you cohorts tucker out.
Dr. Scholl's for Her 16-hour Inserts, $9.99; drugstore.com
Lisa Hoffman scented bracelet
Leaving the house at the break of dawn can cause anyone to forget a few essential primping steps, including deodorant or perfume. Mask any hints of B.O. with a fragrance-infused bauble, like this orchid-scented bracelet. Then, use it to disarm your fellow shoppers with a whiff of relaxing notes.
Lisa Hoffman Fragrance Bracelet, $65; lisahoffmanbeauty.com
Combat potent germs on your shopping cart, basket, or shelves with an arsenal of disinfectants. We like this combo pack for its ability to kill surface germs and cold-carriers on your hands, too.
CleanWell Disinfectant Spray and Wipes Pack, $7.99; cleanwelltoday.com
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