New Year’s Eve is one of the most festive times of the year. From spending the night in Time Square or heading to your last party of 2016, there is something out there for everyone. This year no matter where you are make sure you are prepared with these nine essentials items.
Most celebrations will have tight security, especially Time Square. Definitely, avoid bringing a large backpack or purse and opt for a small bag. Our top pick is the small canvas messenger from Berchirly. The bag is the perfect size for all your essentials.
If you’re spending New Year’s Eve in Miami or any other warm place, you can stop moving and head to the next item. If you’re heading somewhere cooler like New York City or Boston, pack a scarf, hat, and gloves. It will be cold. Even if the temperatures aren’t dipping too low – be prepared. For most events you’ll be outside for most of the night and temperatures will continuously fall throughout the night. For the best deal, opt for a set that includes a scarf, hat, and gloves. We’ve found a set in multiple colors for only $23.99 on Amazon.
New Year’s Eve can be great for the whole family, but sometimes children can get bored, especially if you’re early to an event and it hasn’t started. The Amazon Fire Tablet is the perfect kid-approved distraction. You can load it up with games, videos, or books to keep them occupied. Also for $39.99, if it gets lost you’re not out much—compared to an iPad or smartphone.
You’re going to be outside or out partying for a pretty long time on New Year’s Eve. Make sure your phone stays charged so you don’t miss that Instagram-worthy ball drop or late night Facebook post. If you have an iPhone we recommend going for a credit card sized portable charger—it’s pretty convenient and can fit right into your pocket or purse taking up little to no space. There are also many options for Android and other phones too.
I always forget to bring hand warmers when heading out in the winter, but they are definitely a necessity! Try to grab a couple from a local store or order them in bulk from Amazon. If you plan to use them continuously invest in the Zippo Hand Warmer. It can be refueled and used over and over again. They have a six-hour version and a twelve-hour version.
If your heading out late, even in warmer climates, you’ll probably want to bring a blanket. Especially if your New Year’s Eve celebrations are at a local park. You will want something to lay on or wrap up in while enjoying the festivities. One of our favorites is this microfleece travel blanket from Amazon. It's also perfect for long train rides too.
This goes without saying, the morning after can be a bit brutal. Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or Tylenol will be a necessity. Our advice is to stock up for later in the year from either Amazon or Jet. They have great deals on bulk purchases, compared to buying a single bottle or travel pack at your local pharmacy.
Keep an eye mask handy so you’re not interrupted during your morning recovery the next day. Our pick is the Alaska Bear sleep mask. It’s pretty comfortable and will keep the sun out of your eyes so you can recover uninterrupted.
#9 Patience Priceless
No matter where you go this year you will need to have patience. From large crowds in NYC to crowded bars try to keep a smile and bring in the New Year on a good note!