Black Friday is one of the fiercest and eagerly awaited shopping events of the year, characterized by multitudes of swarming stores in search of enticing bargains and discounts. However, in the middle of all this excitement, it is essential to remember to stay safe. Here are a few important steps that smart shoppers should consider to enjoy the Black Friday deals safely and stress-free. Prepare well to make the most of the seasonal sales without taking unnecessary risks.

  • Make a list. Having a list will help you sort out your needs and priorities, save you from forgetting to buy presents, and allow you to optimize your time at the stores. Following your list will make your shopping trip more efficient and stress-free and help you control your expenses better.
  • Wear a face mask. Although face masks are no longer required indoors, physical contact with other customers in a crowded store increases the risk of transmission because of the higher chance of exposure to contagious diseases such as the common cold, influenza, or COVID-19.
  • Use hand sanitizer. Keep a small sanitizer bottle in your purse or pocket to use it frequently. Avoid touching your face while shopping to reduce the risk of infection.
  • Clean the shopping cart. If you use a shopping cart or basket, clean the handles and grips with disinfectant wipes before you touch them.
  • Avoid bringing children, seniors, or animals so you can focus on doing your shopping without delays. Moving through crowded spaces with them would become difficult, which could increase the risk of falling or suffering injuries.
  • Avoid stress and anxiety. Anxiety can be triggered by crowds, noises, or by wasting time trying to find a specific product. Get emotionally prepared for the situation you will experience. If you notice you’re starting to hyperventilate or stress out, cut your shopping trip short and leave the store.
  • Less busy hours. In recent years, stores have extended the times during which their special sales are active. Try shopping during off-peak hours to reduce contact and help you keep your distance.
  • Contactless payment. Some stores now feature cash registers where you can scan and pay for your products.
  • Keep your purse close by. Go for a handbag that will be difficult for others to access, such as a cross-body bag with a zipper. If all you carry is a wallet, place it in your front pocket.
  • Bring only what you need. Minimize the amount of cash and number of credit cards you bring to avoid potential losses in case your wallet or bag gets stolen or misplaced.
  • Take stock when you leave the store. Make sure you have your wallet, credit cards, and shopping bags.

Follow these measures to protect your physical and mental health and your belongings so you can enjoy a more relaxed shopping trip. Remember that prevention and safety are key to ensuring a healthy experience.