Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based (GPS) augmented reality mobile game that has taken the world by storm. The app skyrocketed to the number one spot in the mobile gaming download charts in America in less than a day. Pokémon Go has players outside and walking around their communities as they attempt to catch Pokémon using their phone. Along the way are Pokéstops – which are typically landmarks – and PokéGyms. Pokéstops allow the trainer to collect items such as pokeballs and eggs and can be utilized every five minutes, which is perfect as you are walking from one area to the next.
I’ve read that many people are spending hours walking around collecting Pokémon and hitting up Pokéstops to collect items. This got me thinking about what I would need to take with me on my adventure and I wanted to share. These are items that fit easily in my purse so there isn’t much extra to lug around since I take my purse with me nearly everywhere.
Water bottle – it is important to stay hydrated, especially if you are walking around in the heat.
Sunscreen – lather up before you leave and make sure to reapply after a couple hours depending on the sunscreen type you choose.
A Power Source – Even with battery saver mode on Pokémon Go has proven to effectively drain your cellphone’s battery in record time. Give your phone a little extra juice when you’re out by using a portable battery charger, extended power case, or even bring your phone charger with you if you are going to stop near an outlet. Many local businesses are near Pokéstops.
Snacks – Jerky, protein bars, trail mix, something to munch on when you inevitably take a break.
Good shoes – some may scoff at this, but good shoes can really help with your feet not killing you the next day.
Personal Business Cards – bumping into other Pokémon trainers is a great way to form connections. Perhaps carry some personal business cards to promote your blog, business, or even just hand out basic info so you can connect with them again.
Your Data Plan – Before you adventure make sure that you check your current cell phone data plan to see that it will support your travels. Pokémon Go must remain open and using wifi, 3G, 4G, or LTE to track your GPS location, thus utilizing a constant stream of data. It is estimated that app only consumes between 5MB to 10MB of data per hour, but you also must take into consideration other apps which use data as well – such as Facebook, Instagram, etc that can eat up your data.
Your Safety – If you choose to go Pokémon hunting at night make sure you stay safe. Criminals have targeted Pokéstop’s to rob people by setting up lure’s in the game to attract more Pokémon to that area. One suggestion I’ve seen is to carry a flashlight taser and pepper spray, if this is something you choose to do make sure your town/state allows the use of such objects. Personally, I’d stick with just taking basic safety measures. Hunt with friends, be aware of your surroundings, let someone know where you’re going, look up from your phone, don’t have music going in your ears, and carry a mean right hook.
Knowledge of your local laws – You may not realize it but often times public parks and mall centers are closed to the public after a certain time of day. If you are caught on the property you can be charged with trespassing. Many towns even have a curfew set in place for people below a certain age. Be sure to check out what times you might be prohibited from catching Pokémon in certain areas.
Patience – Pokémon Go is still in it’s baby stages. The game servers often go down, the game freezes as you attempt to throw pokéballs, the app crashes, rivals from the opposite teams are being rude, the pokémon you’re after keeps escaping, etc. Try to remain patient and not throw your phone on the ground in frustration.
Pet Safety Tip: If you’re traveling with a furry Pokémon trainer – like your dog – be sure that you consider the road and sidewalk temperature before you travel. Most people don’t realize that if the sidewalk is hot to touch for their own hand, that their pets paws are likely to get burned while walking as well. If the road is safe don’t forget that they are going to need to stay hydrated as well. Carry some extra water and a bowl to keep them healthy. You may also want to carry some plastic bags for any deposits they make on your adventure.
I hope that you have enjoyed my short list of items. I know that a couple of them seem like common sense, but you would be surprised at how something seemingly simple is often forgotten. I know that I have to remind myself to put sunscreen on my own children and myself when we go outside to play.
If you’re a trainer and carry other items with you while on your adventure please feel free to share in the comments!