5 Essential Items for Successful Coffee Shop CampingJanuary 8, 2019
- Diana CamachoWords
Now that you’re sufficiently acquainted with the laws of coffee shop camping, you might think you’re all set to sashay down to your nearest coffee shop, Herschel backpack slung over your shoulder and your Macbook/textbook/Catcher in the Rye in tow. But there’s no need to be hasty. Just like any good boy (or girl) scout, you have to make sure you’re fully equipped with the proper arsenal to survive.
It’s a wild world out there (out there being the nearest airconditioned coffee house). You’ll face long hours in the freezing cold, thunderous laughter from the noisy kids at the other table, random creepers who insist on hitting on you despite the mountain of readings on your table, and who knows what else. You have to be prepared for everything. Here are some essential items to stuff into your backpack (or satchel) to survive your camping trip.
5. Earphones and iPod
Not that we don’t enjoy bright eyed, death cab for cuties wailing over the coffee shop speakers, but when you’re on your twelfth hour of pouring over Wills and Succession cases or Pathology readings, the upteenth repeat of I Will Follow You Into the Dark can get irritating. Bring your own earphones and music player and listen to your music of choice. If you’re the kind of person who likes working in silence, in-ear buds standing in for earplugs might do the trick.
For the love of caffeine, please do not bring speakers. They might be useful for an actual camping trip but a coffee shop isn’t the outdoors. There’s nothing more annoying than trying to study for your finals while the girl at the next table watches Pretty Little Liars on her laptop at full volume.
4. Jacket or Hoodie
In my three years of coffee shop camping, I’ve never been to a coffee shop that had just the right temperature. Most I’ve been to seem to want to kill me through hypothermia. Sometimes, I feel like it’s a strategy to evict those whom they feel have been overstaying. But, no matter how cold it may get, I always just go “challenge accepted.” A lot of times, this has led to me going home with the sniffles.
It’s best to bring a comfortable hoodie with you. Use one embroidered with your alma mater or law school or med school logo. Classifying yourself publicly may help make you more productive and ward off resentful stares from those unacquainted with coffee shop camping decorum.
3. Charger and extension cord
If you plan to work for hours, your laptop, iPad, or cell phone, will run out of batteries sooner or later. Sometimes, we aren’t lucky enough to be seated near an outlet so to avoid inconveniences (and to continue live-blogging/instagramming your coffee shop camping escapades), be prepared and bring your own charger and extension cord. You might just make new friends if you share.
2. Pen and notebook
We get so caught up with technology that we often forget the basics. Just because your iPad or tablet has an app that you can doodle on, that doesn’t mean it’s a satisfactory replacement for pen and paper. I admit I don’t always follow this rule myself,and so end up writing on receipts and tissue paper which is kind of counter-productive. Unless you can gather up the nerve to ask for paper from your neighbors at the other table, then bring your own yellow pad.
1. Book or Magazine
Yes, I know you went here to work, but even the most dedicated student needs to periodically take a break. Refresh your mind every few hours by reading something not related to your work. Most coffee shops have newspapers or magazines around, but, if you’re a regular there, chances are you’ve already read them all (thrice).
A magazine usually does the trick because reading single articles won’t take up too much of your time or capture too much of your attention. (If you have wifi, you could try visiting us on Pepper.ph too!) Once you’ve recharged your mental batteries, feel free to dive right back into your notes and textbooks.
Now that you’ve learned the rules and know the essentials , you’re almost ready to start coffee camping. If you happen to see a tiny girl with a backpack full of books that’s twice her actual weight, say hi. I may look all scary with the perpetual frown on my face but I promise I don’t bite.