6 Things You Need for a Full Day’s Pokemon Go Adventure
Pokemon Go. You play it, and you don’t need me to exasperate myself to explain it to you. And if you don’t play it, you know what it is, and still don’t need some long winded discussion about it. So instead of an introduction you would normally see on some website that wants to make you feel stupid, this entire paragraph just created the perfect filler space to make it look like that’s what it is anyways.
The key to Pokemon Go is getting out there and walking between Pokestops and gyms that are abundant in cities, and few and far between in rural areas. You’re not going to advance in the game if you don’t keep yourself moving. There’s an entire global map you can explore in the game, and you are but a teeny tiny dot amongst the entirety of it.
If you don’t keep yourself moving, you already know what happens. You’ll intermittently run into a number of low CP Rattata, Pidgey, or anything else that eventually is of no value to a seasoned player. If you stay at a gym too long you risk pulling your hair out at the number of times you get the 1HP glitch, or have to restart the app because it stops responding. And if you spend long enough waiting for a Pokestop to continually refresh, you’ll either fill your items bag with too much junk, or completely miss out on the rest of the world.
I’ve been playing this game since before it was released. And I played through all the server issues (and still do). But the easiest way to stop myself from stressing out, or smashing my phone in futility was to just keep moving. There are so many benefits to moving around in game: you can hatch all those eggs you’ve accumulated, you can find other real life people in passing to share a conversation with, and you can see some really amazing stuff - stuff that you might have actually overlooked if you WEREN’T staring at your phone the whole time. The in game Pokestops draw information and pictures from Google Maps, and can lead you to things you would normally pass over.
On the first day of the game’s release, I spent 6 hours wandering around Mt. Auburn Cemetery, a historic location in Belmont, MA. Every Pokestop was a significant statue or gravesite, and by stumbling upon them I found myself in admiration. It would have been very easy to overlook many of the things I saw. Do you think I would have ever spent a day aimlessly walking in a historical cemetery before this game? Probably not.
But the point of this article is not to get you amped on the beauty of life that’s accessible to you through finding significant parts of your area in this game. It’s to explain to you how to find MORE significant parts of your area in this game, and how to cover more area. For many people, this game lit a spark in you that’s going to get you to actually WANT to walk around more. And you might find that your body isn’t ready to handle what you know your mind wants to. You might desire to spend all day hunting Pokemon, but human bodies get tired, muscles get sore, and blisters form where skin isn’t used to a lot of contact.
Why should you listen to my advice? I’m a competitive long distance skateboarder. I travel across the continent to pour my heart and soul into covering extreme distances by skateboard. I’ve built up an excellent repertoire of accomplishments, and I show no signs of stopping. I live and breathe endurance activities, and I can tell you how to keep up the same way I do.
This article will tell you how to get your body prepped for a full day of Pokemon Go, and ready to tackle a quantity of consecutive days after that.
1. Get a BCAA Supplement, and Do It Quick.
BCAA stands for Branched Chain Amino Acids. It’s made up of three amino acids: Leucine, Isoleucine, and Valine. BCAA can promote muscle protein synthesis and increase muscle growth over time. It can also be used to prevent fatigue in novice athletes.
Before every day of setting off on a huge Pokemon Go adventure, I make a BCAA drink. It’s easy enough - mix 1 scoop of the supplement with 12 ounces of water. I take 2 scoops and 24 ounces of water, and drink it sparingly over the whole day. The goal is to get all of it into your system, throughout your activity, and it will show its benefits in a variety of ways.
In short, BCAAs are going to stop your leg muscles from getting tired. They’re going to send you to bed feeling like you didn’t walk all those kilometers just to hatch an egg. And once you work it into your daily intake, your leg muscles will grow faster, and you can take on more and more Pokestops in a given day.
2. Electrolytes, Electrolytes, Electrolytes.
Sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphate. I can’t stress this enough. They carry electrical charges that are responsible for stimulating muscles and nerves. They also regulate the amount of fluids throughout your body, which affects cellular function, blood volume and blood pressure.
When you get active, you lose fluids. If it’s hot (and even if it’s not), you lose sodium through your sweat. When you move, you are using up the valuable resources in your body that keep it moving. Replenishing them is the absolute key to keeping yourself going.
Getting your electrolytes replaced is equally as simple as the BCAAs. You can get something as simple as a powder packet to add to your water, or you can just buy an outright electrolyte water drink. Of course, you can always tackle each electrolyte on its own, by eating something salty for sodium, bananas for potassium, etc etc. But the easiest way is to just add it to your water.
If you don’t do a lot of walking, you probably don’t own a pair of good running shoes. Remember in the early Pokemon games where you had to walk through the entire game? And in the later games, in order to actually get access to be able to run, you needed running shoes? This is no different.
Good supportive shoes can come cheap from a department store. The quality isn’t so important in terms of walking - it’s not a high impact activity that’s going to stress the materials out. And if it only costs $15.00 to keep your feet from blistering up, it’s worth it.
Your shoes don’t want to look like this - these were low impact running shoes I got from Under Armour, and they didn’t stand the test of distance.
4. Nutrition Gels - Cheap and simple.
Let’s face it - you’re not someone who likes to spend big. You didn’t pay for Pokemon Go, and there’s no way you’re paying money for in-game microtransactions to fill your items bag when you run out of Pokeballs. You know how easy it is to just visit a whole lineup of Pokestops and get what you need - and it costs nothing to you.
But at some point during the day, you’re going to get hungry. But you know your mom is making dinner, and it’s too late to get breakfast. How do you keep yourself feeling full? Nutrition gels.
Nutrition gels are neat because many of them are organic, vegan, and gluten free. So if you are someone with a really particular diet, and you’re trapped in Central Park, NYC without an idea of where to get food to your needs, these can fill the void. Nutrition gels are made up of products that are designed to give you a kick in the butt when you’re feeling weak. They can have caffeine in them to boost your energy temporarily, and give your body the things it desires when it’s hungry.
If you can get past the weird texture, these will do the trick to push you for a long walk from the Boston Public Library all the way to the Seaport, without feeling like you need that $1 slice of pizza (Does that exist in Boston?).
5. A Hydration Backpack - Look Like the Adventurer You Are
A hydration backpack is going to be the key to your success. Having a water bladder integrated to the backpack with an easily drinkable tube is the easiest way to get water into your body. And you NEED water. But, on top of that, a hydration pack is many other things as well.
The pack you want is going to be at most 12L big. And I’m not talking about the size of the water bladder you drink from. 12L is the size of the space where you can actually store things aside from a full water bladder. My pack easily holds everything I need, weighs very little, and carries 1.5L of water.
In my pack, I keep my electrolyte water mix, BCAA mix, hammock, portable battery, house keys, wallet, and even my combat whip (which I use for self defense). It straps across my chest and my waist, and the weight of the load is evenly distributed to my entire body. After a few hours of walking around, I hardly even notice it’s there.
There are so many options for hydration packs that it would be impossible to suggest one. I got mine on sale at TJMaxx in January for $30. Do some shopping and find one that’s going to suit your body and your needs. Even outside of Pokemon Go, you’ll find plenty of uses for it, even as a daypack.
Something I truly enjoy doing on days where I go out on a Pokemon adventure is finding a nice spot near a Pokestop, setting up a lure, and getting the hammock up. Often times when I drop a lure, many other players come by and hang out with me, and bring lures of their own too. This could go on for hours where everyone keeps the party going. The Pokemon are abundant, the fun comes to you, and you get a really enjoyable break to take out the portable charger and recharge your phone, get all of these supplements in, and rest.
I use a Hobo Hammock for my lazy stops. It’s relatively cheap ($60) and comes with straps, so you can start using it right away. There are so many hammock options out there and everyone has their preference, but I like this hammock for a few reasons:
-The company gives a meal to the homeless for every hammock sold
-Everything is included: tree-safe straps, carabiners, integrated stuff sack, and the hammock
-It’s big enough to fit two people laying comfortably, and 4 people sitting. You can share!
You can figure out what’s going to suit you best through these guidelines. These are mere suggestion of things I do that keep me moving, and they do a really great job of helping me push it every day. I’ve racked up about 25km of walking every day since this game’s release, and I’m not anywhere near giving up. Sure, you could spend every day visiting and battling for superiority of the same gyms, but the real gems in this game come from finding new places to wander. They say that the further you get from your starting point, the rarer the Pokemon become, so try going a further each day. Who knows what you could find?