“What gear should I bring to an escape room marathon?”
Does a full day of escape rooms sound both thrilling and a little frightening?
A good way to limit the jitters is to show up prepared.
We try to travel light, but depending on the day’s schedule, here are a few things that we pack when we’re taking on a full day of adventure puzzling:
Snack & drinks
If you or your teammates are the hangry sort, snacks are a must.
Snacks are even more important if you’re:
- Playing with strangers (who might push your buttons)
- Playing unfamiliar games (without strong recommendations, you might find some duds… which I promise you will feel far worse on an empty stomach)
- Not leaving enough time between games for meals
Here are some snacks we frequently pack:
And don’t forget to bring your hydration and caffeination of choice.
This auto-sealing, insulated travel mug is amazing. It comes in 16 & 20 ounce sizes and all of the colors.
Sometimes it’s tough to get the back-to-back-to-back bookings to work exactly as you were hoping for, and you might have some dead time in the schedule.
Here are a few fun-sized games and puzzles that can entertain your group during the down time:
- Love Letter (our go-to travel game)
- Manifold – The Origami Mind Bender Puzzle (lightweight and deceptively complex)
- Deck of cards (pedestrian but it works)
If you’re anything like Lisa, cold is your archenemy. Bring your favorite hoodie or sweater for heavily air conditioned escape rooms.
Charger & battery
Don’t forget your phone charger. If you are depending on your phone to handle navigation (or car hailing), a good battery pack can provide extra juice.
Notebook & pen
If you’re marathoning escape rooms, you might also be the type of person who likes to take notes on the games. When it comes to notebooks, we have a bit of a Moleskin addiction, and we like these retractable-tip pens.
Finally, don’t forget to find a bag to carry everything. I have a strange weakness for hyper-organizable backpacks. This Peak Design backpack has become my go-to for work and all other things. It’s decadent, but I use it daily.
Enjoy your marathon!
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