Tailgating Must-Haves :: Cedar Rapids Moms’ Edition

Football is here; cue the tailgating!

Regardless of who you’re cheering for (or not cheering for), a tailgate party is always a good time!

As a team, we’ve compiled our must-have items for tailgating. So, no matter where or how you’re watching the game, check out this list of our favorite products for your next tailgate!

Our Top Ten Tailgating Must-Haves:

  1. Game Day Football Shirt: No matter your team, this Game Day shirt is comfortable and suitable for any game you attend. Tip: Get it yellow, and you can wear it when cheering on the Hawkeyes, Panthers, or the Cyclones! And, if you’re going to an Iowa game, you can never go wrong with getting an Iowa Wave Shirt. . . bonus: they are so comfy!
  2. Clear Crossbody Bag* or Clear Fanny Pack*: Either option is excellent and should meet the stadium’s bag policy. A clear bag is perfect for holding your things like chapstick, hand sanitizer, car keys, gum, etc. *Always check the stadium’s bag policy beforehand.
  3. Insulated Stainless Steel Can Cooler: We love these licensed collegiate stainless steel can coolers and bottle holders to keep your drinks cold! Also, they come in different sizes to fit your beverage of choice.
  4. Sunglasses: These sunnies are at an excellent price and have anti-glare lenses! Grab a couple of pairs – we know you’ll love them!
  5. Sunscreen: With a smell like summer, this Sun Bum Sunscreen is a great addition to your tailgating party! It’s oil-free, water-resistant, and reef-friendly. This Sun Bum Face Stick is great and small enough to fit in your clear crossbody bag or your clear fanny pack! Double win!
  6. Portable Battery Charger: Don’t end up stranded with a phone on low battery (or dead); this portable battery charger can charge your phone up to 2x!
  7. Face Stickers or Tattoos: Nothing screams gameday like eye black or mascot face stickers/tattoos. Plus, they look great in pictures (and selfies)!
  8. Water Bottle: Because you really can’t be too hydrated! Keep an insulated water bottle nearby to quench your thirst.
  9. Portable Handheld Fan: For those hot days, a portable fan comes in handy! Bonus points, some of our favorites are even rechargeable!
  10. Backpack Cooler or Small Cooler: No matter what you’re drinking or eating, you’ll need something to keep it cold. This ICEMULE Collapsible Backpack Cooler is also a great portable cooler. Or maybe, you’re hosting a tailgate or football party at your house; this Football Shaped Tub Cooler holds up to 30 cans plus ice.
You can view our complete list of tailgating must-haves by heading to our Amazon Storefront. Now we’d love to hear about yours, and who you’re cheering for!

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Owner of Cedar Rapids Moms, Alyssa, grew up near Backbone State Park, and moved to Cedar Rapids over 10 years ago. Married to her best friend, Kevin;  mama to Jack, Liv, and Theo; and dog mama to Stella and Milo, life is full of chaos, busy schedules, and lots of traveling. Her Type A personality is evident through her color-coded Google Calendar and her never-ending lists. When she's not stepping on Legos, hair barrettes, or chasing the kids, you can find her cheering on the Steelers or Hawkeyes, hosting friends and family, spending time in the kitchen, or planning her next vacation. 


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