Fall, football, food, fun, and friends—and tools to bring it all together. And these items work great during emergencies, too.
SERIOUS RADIO “Neither rain, nor snow, nor heat …” OK, that’s the postal service, but it could apply to tailgate parties, too. When the downpour starts, you’ll be glad to have the Bosch PowerBox Water-Resistant Cordless Bluetooth Jobsite Radio by your side. This rough, tough radio lets you connect to internet radio and stored music, too. $199, (800) 445-6937, lowes.com.
STRIKE A CORD You’ve gathered everything for a perfect tailgate, but you’re powerless to enjoy it if your extension cord is too short. Energize your space with the Wagan 12V/24V DC Socket Extension. This 12-foot, weatherproof cord stands up to the elements and plugs into an auto outlet, so you can power play-by-plays, food stations, and other creature comforts. $15, (800) 231-5806, wagan.com.
CHARGE! Tailgating tech toys are only fun when they’re powered up and ready to go. No outlets handy? Use the Ryobi Bluetooth Digital Inverter Generator to keep your electronics humming. Bluetooth lets you monitor everything from your smartphone. $599, (800) 466-3337, homedepot.com.
WARM-UP ROUTINE You stalwart—no matter how cold it gets, you’re tailgating. Knock the chill off with the Ultra Performance 12-Volt Heated Travel Blanket. Use a car outlet to power the blanket to a maximum 149 degrees. With a 7-foot power cord, it brings the heat where you need it. $30, (800) 466-3337, homedepot.com.
LIGHT THE WAY Love those night games, but nobody likes stumbling in the dark. The Black Diamond Moji Charging Station/Lantern is a 360-degree, dimmable light that runs on AC or battery power, with a bonus USB port to keep your electronics going. Let the opposing team do all the fumbling. $80, (800) 426-4840; rei.com.
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