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You’ve been planning your tailgate all week. The food is prepared, the trunk is loaded. And the weather forecaster has predicted a perfect day for tailgating. All that’s left to do is find your spot, unload and fire up the grill. But sometimes Mother Nature turns blue skies to gray.
Rain or shine, the party must go on. And that means you better come prepared to protect your guests, your food and, if nothing else, your beer. Good thing there’s stuff out there to keep you and yours from getting soaked outside the stadium. Because there’s nothing worse than, um, watered-down beer.
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Coleman Instant Canopy ($211)
When it starts to rain, just unfold the frame and you’re dry beneath the 10 foot-wide, 9 foot-high canopy within five minutes. Four high-intensity LED lights easily attach to provide bright or dim illumination. And it’s all battery powered, so the Coleman Instant Canopy can go pretty much anywhere. There’s even 50+ UV protection on the fabric, should the sun decide to reappear.
Buy the Coleman Instant Canopy.
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Emergency Zone Emergency Poncho ($4)
The name says it all. An emergency poncho should be small enough to fit in a glove compartment and ready at a moment’s notice. You never know when the sky will just open up. Oh, and it should have a hood attached too. Plus it needs to be big enough and thin enough to be comfortable, yet durable enough to last till the rain — or party — is over.
Buy the Emergency Zone Emergency Poncho.
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Luxury Divas Reversible Bucket Style Rain Hat ($12)
Keep your head high and dry with this reversible (nylon/polyester cotton) rain hat. It’s light, durable and folds up small. The fast-drying fabric means you can just stuff it back in your pocket once the rain clears up. Keep it with your tailgating gear… just in case
Buy the Luxury Divas Reversible Bucket Style Rain Hat.
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Texsport Blue Polyethylene Tarp ($7 – $21)
Sometimes the sky just opens up, and you need cover everything up quickly. That’s when the tarp comes out, as any experienced tailgater will tell you. Rust-resistant grommets and rope-reinforced hemmed edges keep their shape during a deluge, while the fiber-reinforced polyethylene construction prevents sun damage once the skies clear. These things don’t shrink, so pick the size you’ll need.
Buy the Texsport Blue Polyethylene Tarp.
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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.