GLENDALE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 15: Fans tailgate before the NFL game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Detroit Lions at the University of Phoenix Stadium on September 15, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona. Photo Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
It’s rough out there in the whiles of a stadium parking lot. Show me a tailgater who really knows what he’s going to encounter on any given Sunday (or Saturday). The best you can do is come prepared, draw on your years of tailgating experience and let the chips fall where they may. Better yet, don’t let the chips fall. Just come prepared, because no one wants to eat chips from the ground.
Tailgate Fan sent out its crack team of tailgating researchers and reporters to scour the tailgates. We interviewed thousands, hundreds, tens of fans (okay, we thought really long and hard) about their experiences to figure out what tools might be most useful in the parking lot. This is what we narrowed it down to:
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Smart Sizzors Multipurpose Home & Garden Scissors ($19.82)
You’re going to need to cut through something, be that a chicken bone or a blister pack or a cardboard box. It’s pretty much inevitable. These pro-grade hardened steel scissors can cut through just about anything you might find at a tailgate. And the curved blades cut only what needs cutting. It also comes with a nutcracker, garlic tool, wire stripper and, best of all, a built-in bottle opener.
What did you forget this week? Or what did you never even think to bring? You never know until it’s too late. Stack the deck in your favor with Tool Logic’s handy Survival Card Tool. This credit card-sized ABS plastic survival tool tucks away neatly in your wallet. Need a serrated knife or compass? How about a fire starter or pair of tweezers? Maybe a toothpick for picking barbeque out of your teeth? Well, you’ll have it.
You just arrived in the parking lot and realized you forgot to turn off the television airing the pre-game show in your living room. Never worry again with the WeMo Home Automatic Switch. Plug in your electronics so you can remotely control everything through your iPhone. Using WiFi or mobile Internet, turn things off immediately or on a schedule. Either way, you’re covered.
Satechi BT Wireless Bluetooth Portable Speaker ($59.99)
You have to have music. A tailgate is a party, not a funeral (unless your team really sucks, then I might have that backwards). This two-ounce portable speaker is pocket-small and Bluetooth-smart. Stream music from any smartphone or tablet. Twist the pop-up resonator to improve the bass. The charge will last for six hours. Keep this speaker in your glove compartment so (assuming your smartphone is in your pocket) so music won’t be the thing you forget.