Welcome to the dog days of August, when teams around the NFL shake off the rust and sweat out the kinks. No discerning football fan would mistake training camp for the regular season. But it will do until the regular season gets here.
You can go watch, and you should. It’s a great way to get up close to the game you love, see the players as they prepare for September. Tailgate Fan‘s been there and back, and bought the t-shirt. Here’s some of the gear you’ll need.
Try-Angles Blue Cap-Sac ($14.99)
It’s a fanny-pack for your head. This hat comes with a zippered pouch, so you can keep your hands free while your stuff like keys and credit cards stays snug by being zipped inside the front compartment. The Velcro strap ensures a good fit on most heads. Also, because it’s soft nylon, the whole thing folds in on itself for carrying. Colors range from muted to loud.
Coleman Deck Chair with Table ($54.99)
Standing is all well and good, but are you going to stand out there on the sidelines all day long? We didn’t think so. Sit in comfort, and have a place to put your drink and snacks. This chair can support up to 225 pounds and comes with padded arm rests. There’s even a connected side tray for holding a drink and snack while you relax. And it folds flat (and comes with built-in handles) when it’s time to go, or relocate for a better view.
Cosmos Security Money Belt ($10.99)
You’re going to need a few bucks. This is training camp, after all… there’s gear to buy, not to mention programs, food, drinks. You get the picture. But a wallet in your pocket isn’t always safe in a big crowd. This waterproof bag hugs your waist and is made from cotton so it stays cool against your skin, while letting you access your money quickly.
Rubbermaid Personal Ice Chest Cooler ($14.49)
BYOB gets a lot easy when there’s enough room for 12 cans with ice tossed in too. Thermal insulation keeps everything cold; an easy-to-clean liner makes spills easier to take care of. The cooler is stain and odor resistant too, because with all the football and tailgating in our future, who knows when you’ll have a chance to clean it. You’ve already seen this little cooler at a million tailgates, and there’s a reason why: it’s one of the most convenient tailgating accessories you’ll find.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.