Tailgate Must Haves

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Just because it's mid October doesn't meal the tailgating fun is over.  We've got a lot of weeks left!  It's never too cold to tailgate, and if you think it is, you're doing it wrong.  Allow me to help.  We just went to Iowa last weekend and we'll be tailgating here in Chicago at Northwestern next weekend, and we've been know to head to Indiana for my birthday weekend in late November - cold is nothing.  All you need is to bring the right supplies and you'll be able to keep yourself toasty warm all morning.

The Basics

I feel like I just had to mention a few of these.  I'm less concerned with grills and tents and chairs because a lot of times we just wander around and make new friends (who have food and beer, of course) so we don't need those things.  But I felt like the following needed to be addressed:

Solo Cups.  Even if your beer is in cans and bottles, solo cups are essential.  Basically, for drinking games.  You can't play beer pong or flip cup without solo cups, and I hate the weird, too narrow cups that people tend to grab at the last minute.  Get the solo cups.

A Long Table.  Beer pong sized.  Even if you don't think you'll play, it's nice to have the option.  It's also nice to have a place to put your beer and food down, but mostly for beer pong and flip cup purposes.

Temporary Tattoos or Stickers.  I live for these things, I don't have a single photo from college tailgating where I don't have one on my cheek.  At least do some face paint and glitter eye makeup in your team's colors.  This is supposed to be fun after all!

When It Gets Cold

Hand Warmers Cold weather is no excuse for not tailgating just as long as you did when the weather was nice.  In this photo, Kelly and I both have fleeced lined leggings on under our jeans and hand warmers inside our gloves, which are inside our mittens.  Rule #76: no excuses, play like a champion.

Drinks.  Hey guess what you don't need when you tailgate in the cold?  Coolers!  Win.  You still need beer though, and bringing warm drinks is always a good idea.  My favorite is to heat up apple cider and add an alcohol of choice, usually caramel or whipped cream vodka.  So make sure you have a Bubba Keg!

Warm Spirit Wear.  That's why they make this stuff, so you can use it in the cold.  Hats, gloves, scarves, earmuffs.

Layers.  Let me see if I can recall what all I'm wearing in that photo above - tank top, t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, sweatshirt, and then a jacket over that.  I felt great!  I also recall two pairs of socks.

Do you still tailgate in the cold?  What do you always make sure to bring?

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