Tailgate Gear: Must-Haves You Might Not Have

By Marshal M. Rosenthal
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Somebody’s going to forget something important. It’s going to happen at any tailgate, college or pro, big or small. That’s just how the world works.

Knowing this crucial piece of information, you can prepare for the inevitability. So the next time your host exclaims, “I forgot to bring the… whatever,” you can say, “well, it just so happens that I have it right here.” Tailgate Fan can help you be the hero and save the day. (You’ll have to get your own Superman cape).

Here’s some stuff that every tailgater should be sure to always have. Leave them in your trunk all season long, just in case. You won’t be sorry.

Breakthrough Bottle Card

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Breakthrough Bottle Card Bottle Opener ($6.99)

Strong men weep when the bottle cap isn’t a twist-off. So keep a bottle opener in your wallet. The Bottle Card is a credit card-sized bottle opener, made of stainless steel and perfect for that awkward moment when everyone realizes that no one brought a bottle opener for all the beer. Next time your host may opt for cans or a keg. But on this day you’ll be everyone’s best friend.

Buy the Breakthrough Bottle Card.

Stormtech Rain Ponch

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Stormtech Packable Rain Poncho ($23.00)

The tailgate must go on. Whoever lets a little weather get in the way of an afternoon of food and friends and football isn’t a true fan. So come prepared; don’t get caught out in the rain. Pack this poncho in the trunk or glove compartment and forget about it… till you need it. It’s waterproof (of course) but comfortable too, with breathable fabric and a drawstring hood.

Buy the Stormtech Packable Rain Poncho.

Lepow U-Stone External Battery Charger

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Lepow U-Stone External Battery Charger ($119.99)

In this day and age, you and your fellow tailgaters are probably toting your fair share of devices. From mobile phones to tablets to cameras to music players, everything seems to have battery that will need recharging at some point. And that moment, if Murphy’s Law tells us anything, will be right when you need it most. Lepow’s U-Stone External Battery charger can be a lifesaver. It works with everything, and even includes a hidden USB cable.

Buy the Lepow External Battery Charger.

Sport-Brella Recliner Chair

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Sport-Brella Recliner Chair ($59.99)

Ever wonder why your feet and lower back hurt? Maybe it’s because you’ve been standing on that hard asphalt for the past three hours. So sit down and stay awhile (longer).  This 3-position recliner is perfect when there’s no chair to be found. The swiveling attached umbrella protects you from the sun, and the insulated pocket holds four drinks in cool comfort. Heck, there’s even a cup holder and bottle opener. You’ll never have to get up again.

Buy the Sport-Brella Recliner Chair.

Happy tailgating!

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.

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