Although the weekend forecast predicts only a 20 percent chance of rain, the weather can sometimes be temperamental. San Diego Chargers fans always need to be prepared so that the change in temperature or precipitation won’t rain on their tailgating parade.
1. Layer up: There is nothing more daunting than wearing shorts and a tank top when the skies open up or the Santa Ana winds whip up an icy gust. Pack extra clothes for layering or for a mad-dash costume change. In addition, for evening kick offs, it’s in your best interest to have mittens, a hat and scarf for an extra ounce of warmth. It can be the difference to an enjoyable or miserable football outing.
2. Singing in the rain: A little Gene Kelly goes a long way on rainy game days. Protect your perfectly coiffed hairdo with a stash of umbrellas in your car. The small compact umbrellas are about $6 each and the more you have on hand, the more friends you’ll be partying with. One thing to note, umbrellas are not allowed inside the stadium so pack a poncho so you can enjoy the game without turning into a wet dog.
3. Keep the goods dry: Amazon.com has an extensive selection of nylon bags that are fairly inexpensive and boast the Chargers logo. The San Diego Chargers Nylon Drawstring Sack is just the right size to stash your layers and will protect them in the event of a downpour and you’re racing into the Q for cover. A pop-up canopy, tarp or tent will also be a lifesaver should you get caught in the rain. It won’t protect you from a whipping windstorm, but will certainly keep your tailgating supplies and party goods dry.
4. Avoid going up in smoke: A canopy, tarp or tent will keep your tailgaters warm and fuzzy, but play it safe and don’t use the grill under it! Encourage your fellow parking lot buddies not to mess with the electrical paraphernalia either. A fire or electrocution may make the front page of the U-T San Diego, but it will be a long time before you’re tailgating again. The same rule applies to generators.
5. Be nice: As tailgaters across the country will attest to, tailgating parties build community relations and forge deeper team spirit and bonding. If the weather is less than desirable, consider consolidating your party with your parking lot neighbors. A tight gathering under one canopy may facilitate a whole new meaning to your asphalt festivities. Also, everyone wants to have a good time so do your part to ensure all Chargers fans are happy.
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Jennifer Geisman is a freelance writer living in Los Angeles. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.