Sometimes Mother Nature orders up a beautiful day for your tailgate party. The sun is bright, the sky is blue. And there isn’t a cloud in the sky for miles. Add in some beer and brats, and what more could you ask for, right? But a beautiful day can have its dark side. Ignore the sun and those potentially harmful rays beating down on you for hours on end, and you’ll pay for it later.
Don’t learn this lesson the hard way. Tailgate Fan has got you covered, at the stadium and in your backyard. Here’s how to protect yourself from the sun’s rays at your next tailgate:
Women’s Oasis Sombrero Sun Hat ($34)
Men’s Transit Sun Hat ($34)
Photo Credit: Outdoor Research
To keep the sun from frying your dome, you’ll need a hat… but not just any hat. It should be big enough to cover your ears and the back of your neck. Women can go with the the stylish and yet comfortable Oasis Sombrero from Outdoor Research. It’s made of lightweight nylon, and features a foam-stiffened “floating” brim, moisture-managing headband and a removable chin cord. The fabric is 50+ SPF UV-resistant too. Guys should look to the Transit Sun hat, with its broad brim and venting mesh panels. Look good and stay protected.
Buy the Women’s Oasis Sombrero Sun Hat.
Buy the Men’s Transit Sun Hat.
No-Ad Sunblock Lotion ($12)
Photo Credit: No-Ad
Any sunblock you use should have an SPF of at least 50 to be effective. No-Ad gives you 60. Rub it on, and you’ve up to 80 minutes of skin protection for your tailgating and gallivanting. Then reapply and continue on with the party. This stuff is non-greasy and infused with aloe and vitamin E for moisturizing. It’s also water and sweat resistant, for early in the season, when the sun is still pushing up the temperature on that thermometer. Be careful though, the pineapple mango fragrance might make you switch from beer to piña coladas.
Buy No-Ad Sunblock Lotion.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.