‘Hunger Games’ Midnight Premiere: Pack For Survival

Don't brave the wilds of the theater on March 23 without stashing these Hobnobbing-recommended necessities.
By Amy Wilkinson

Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games"
Photo: Lionsgate

The Tributes of the 74th annual Hunger Games enter the arena in just over a week. We have it on good authority that they've been training for weeks now, but we're more concerned about you. Are you ready?

Sure, you probably bought your midnight premiere tickets eons ago, but that can't be the only provisions you've made for the bloodbath. After all, if we've learned anything from Suzanne Collins' dystopian drama, it's that preparation (and quick thinking) can be the difference between survival and having your face mauled by a Muttation. And though your local multiplex probably isn't hiding a hive of tracker jackers under your seat, the wilds of a midnight premiere boast their own perils. Just in case you're not stockpiled with the proper rations, this week's Hobnobbing is dedicated to getting you Games ready. Here's your midnight premiere checklist:

Before you even think of stepping foot in the cineplex, you need a sturdy, lightweight bag to store your provisions. Take a cue from Katniss, and keep your stuff in a spiffy orange backpack. We like The North Face's Borealis Backpack, a sleek model with two big pockets, allowing for quick stashing and dashing if necessary. (Not to mention it will probably stand up to an unexpected fire assault better than that old plastic grocery bag that's hiding under your bed.)

You'll need to keep up your strength while staking your claim on a primo theater seat, so calorie-loading is key. But there's no reason your foodstuffs can't be fun too. New York bakery Eleni's boasts a Down With the Capitol gift box full of "Games"-themed cookies (dibs on Gale!). Or you can bake up your own (just like Peeta!) using a recipe from Fictional Food. Because, really, there's no need to be hungry in your arena.

Whether you're stuck shivering outside the theater or in an aggressively air-conditioned lobby, you'll want to keep yourself warm and cozy. We're pretty partial to this bright pink Team Peeta sweatshirt we found on Etsy. Plus, it can double as a pillow if you want to take a quick Kat nap.

OK, reality check: It is likely — despite the high-stress, high-anxiety conditions of the midnight premiere — that you might get, well, a little bored. Temper a case of the dulls (and psych yourself up even more!) by popping in your ear buds and jamming to "The Hunger Games" soundtrack, which drops March 20. Taylor Swift will thank you.

If all else fails, take encouragement from loyal District 12 stylist Cinna: "I'm not allowed to bet, but if I could, my money would be on you."

What will you be packing in your "Hunger Games" go bag? Sound off in the comments below and tweet me @amymwilk with your thoughts and suggestions for future columns!

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