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9 essential things you need for your next Netflix marathon

Grab the pillows. You're not going anywhere today.


Christine Burkson

Dot Recs

Posted on Mar 3, 2016   Updated on May 27, 2021, 3:28 am CDT

Let the spring training commence! Premiere season is here, so cancel all your plans and get ready to binge-watch your bedridden butt off.

Like any marathon, it’s important to prepare and pace yourself. You don’t just dive into a TV show without the proper tools. Binge-watching requires sustenance, and comfort. These essentials will get you through it.

1) The ultimate binge-watching tray


This tray has taken lounging to the extreme. It adjusts to your preferred number of pillows, holds your drink, and keeps other devices all in one place. It’s also ventilated, so your laptop won’t burst into flames.

Price: $84.99

2) Privacy tent


If you’re planning a solo binge-watch and have roommates, you’ll need a fortress that’s equal parts private and comfortable. Your bed is your best bet, but some people can’t take a hint, so add a layer of solitude with this pop-up tent. It can fit over a full-sized mattress.

Price: $149.99

3) A multifunctional blanket


This blanket keeps you warm and comfortable, and free to move at a moment’s notice in case you need to get up for Seamless. It converts into a pillow or lumbar support, for when your spine turns to jello from laying in bed all day. Plus it has pockets!

Price: $29.95

4) Water bottle that’s also a beer growler


Even if you’re exerting the least amount of physical activity possible, it’s still important to stay hydrated. When you’ve completed your daily water intake, this 64 oz. hydro flask doubles as a beer growler.

Price: $49.83

5) The most convenient snacks


This popcorn maker is electric so you don’t have to get up a million times to make sure the microwave isn’t setting your snack on fire. It also flips over to become a bowl, so you have fewer dishes to deal with when you finally get around to it.

Price: $29.99

6) Decision maker


Netflix can be crippling for the indecisive. If you find yourself unable to make a decision, the best thing to do is write out the pros and cons. (Or, you know, just pick a damn show already.)

Price: $6.46

7) Adult coloring book


When conflict inevitably arises in whatever show you’re watching, you’re going to need to de-stress. Coloring is also a healthier alternative to staring at Facebook when you feel the need to “multitask.”

Price: $7.72

8) Foot massager


When your foot falls asleep from being in the same position all day, but it’s in the middle of a really important scene and you don’t want to get up, a massager will bring it back to life.

Price: $18.95

9) Bedside charger


The last thing you want is an “Are you still there?” notification to pop up right when your iPad dies. This useful bedside pocket can charge up to six devices, while only using one wall socket, saving you precious outlet space.

Price: $99.99

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*First Published: Mar 3, 2016, 9:40 pm CST