True story: I had never heard of a bar crawl until my late twenties. I attended a large university in a small town with a one-mile-long strip of 15 or so bars, so the bar crawl wasn’t exactly a crawl but more like a slow shuffle back and forth across the brick street. In fact, “The Shuffle” as it was called, was a rite of passage for literally every 21st birthday party. But I digress! As a full-fledged adult, my new bar crawl is saved for hopping around two or three bars within a 20-minute walk from my Brooklyn apartment. Not exactly the 15 bars of my heyday, but a much more manageable Saturday nonetheless.
However, this doesn’t mean that I’m not prone to the same problems of many years ago—the blisters, the oily hair, the photos I wish I could erase from the Internet forever—I’m just much smarter about managing them. So whether you call them pub crawls, bar crawls, shuffles, or it’s just your regular Saturday day-into-night, spending multiple hours in sticky bars nursing overpriced drinks is universal. But don’t let sore feet and the impending hangover get you down! These must-haves can help make your drinking marathon that much more enjoyable. (Sorry, three AM pizza not included.)
1. Cielo Pill Holder
Are hangovers just punishment for having too much fun? If so, this adorable pill holder is your reward for suffering through the headache and tummy troubles. The chic container comes in multiple colors (we love the light gray and trendy gold) and is the perfect size for those pain killers for the night of or the morning after. Even better: It can be turned into a sleek necklace or keychain, so no digging around in the bottom of your purse when that dehydration headache hits. And, no need to worry about spills either: The Cielo is 100% waterproof so whatever you have hidden inside—Tylenol, a $20 bill for that emergency burrito later—will stay perfectly dry.
2. Polaroid Snap Instant Digital Camera
Snap a pic, attempt to upload it to Instagram, have a friend stop you and scream, “No wait! Let me see that before you post. Ew, delete that!” Sound familiar? (No judgement if that’s you; we’re totally guilty of this like nine times out of 10.) But no more with an instant digital camera! The full color Polaroid is a nod to the classic polaroid cameras of yesteryear, and instantly prints full color, two-by-three-inch images. We can’t wait to see your embarrassing selfies tomorrow.
3. Oh Joy! Adhesive Bandages
Don’t let blisters get you down! Or unsightly band-aids for that matter. We’re obsessed with all things Oh Joy, so when we learned that she was expanding her Target line to include bandages, we were sold. The multi-color bandages are cute enough to cover those knicks or blisters from bar hopping, but are still the tried and true Band-Aid brand that you love, so you’ll actually heal while looking cute. Each box comes with 20 bandages, but grab a few and stuff them in your Cielo holder. Your girlfriend in her brand new 4-inch heels will thank you.
4. Ban.do Water Bottle
Getting ready for marathon drinking? Make sure you drink a glass of water between each beer or cocktail. (Thanks, mom.) However, it’s easy to stay hydrated with this too-cute water bottle, and when those inevitable 3 AM munchies hit, this one knows where you’ll be headed: Pizza! The acrylic bottle is BPA-free and holds 24-ounces of water for sipping all night long.
5. Oval and Out Flask
Every classy lady needs an equally classy flask. This three-ounce gold flask holds 2 shots and is thin enough to slide into your back pocket for secret sipping throughout the night. Just be discreet when pulling this baby out… and don’t blame us if the bouncer catches you chugging in the corner.
6. First Aid Clutch
Never judge a book by its cover and never judge a clutch by its contents. This compact comes with a whopping 75 products, including bandages, antiseptic wipes, safety pins, cotton swabs, and gauze. Grab it for long nights out or toss it in your everyday bag as an emergency life saver. Even better, it’s cute enough to carry on its own! Simply throw in your credit card, ID, and your keys, and you’re ready to rumble.
7. Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
Drunk face just isn’t cute. It’s a fact: Puffy eyes, runny makeup, and blotchy skin can ruin those perfect pictures. So before you draw on your night out cat eye, prime your face with Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer. It’s infused with puff-fighting coconut water so it’ll keep your face smooth, tight, and picture-perfect all night long. Wear it alone for a subtle highlight, or top with your favorite foundation—it’ll help you stay fully covered for hours. And, with more than 1,200 reviews and 80,000 “loves” on Sephora, you know it’s a fan-favorite that’ll keep your skin looking extra hydrated and make it look like you just woke up, not that you’re about to pass out.
8. Ouai Dry Shampoo
Late nights plus a dozen drinks might just mean some greasy hair. (And if a drink or two is thrown—we know you're big fans of the Real Housewives—the last thing you want is to ruin your perfect blowout.) Ouai hair products were developed by celebrity hair stylist, Jen Atkin and you simply shake it up, spray your roots and tousle your tresses for grease no more. Because even if you’re not feeling fully refreshed at the end of your night of bar hopping, at least your hair can.
9. Rinna Crisscross Slide
If you haven't bought a mule yet, first of all, what are you doing? Second of all, here’s your excuse to invest in the trendiest shoe of 2017. Inspired by our fave Gucci slipper, the slide (or the mule) is the It Shoe for it’s comfort and style. Better yet, they're basically flat, so when you're bar hopping you won't have to worry about big blisters, broken heels, or sore feet. We love this Marc Fisher LTD suede style, but for your bar crawl, we suggest the leather version so if you spill any beer you can easily wipe it off in seconds.
10. Gail Backpack
Enter another piece in 2017 that you need ASAP: a petite, feminine backpack. This beaut is small enough to be carried like a traditional purse but has two lengthy straps to live up to its full backpack potential. It has two interior pockets to hide all of your valuables and closes with a magnetic fold, so no worrying about tricky zippers when you’re a few glasses of wine deep. And, if you’re anti-leather, you’re in luck! This pack comes in two pastel colors in vegan leather. Just don’t talk about it being vegan... that’s a bar crawl buzzkill.
11. NARS The Multiple
The last thing you want is a bulky bag that you have to lug around all night. Keep it light by packing multi-purpose products like this 3-in-1 NARS stick. With more than 2,500 reviews and 80K “loves,” this multi-use stick goes on like a cream and dries like a powder. Use it to add a bit of color to your lips, cheeks, eyes… wherever! It comes in 14 shimmery colors from subtle mauve to rosy pink so stock up on two or three and highlight for whatever mood you’re in.
12. The Hungover Cookbook
We get it: The last thing you want to do after a day/night of drinking is to cook. But we promise these recipes will take your hangover from completely unbearable to kind of manageable. Among the savory recipes are little comics (because being hungover is a joke!), quizzes, and witticisms that let you indulge in your hangover instead of just feeling like total garbage. In terms of food, just make sure to have plenty of hot sauce on hand.
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