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Must-Haves for a Michigan Tailgate

When we think autumn, we think pumpkins, sweaters, and of course, college game day.

And while not everyone is into in-state rivalries and conversations about statistics, everyone can appreciate a good tailgate.

When it comes to packing, you probably know about the big staple items for any tailgate packing list, like chairs, plates, food, drinks, games, etc. But more often than not, it’s the smaller items that are easy to forget. Why is it that they always seem to make the biggest impact, too?

If you want to have the best tailgate in the lot and not forget essential items, check out these helpful tips from our football-loving eye care team.

Dress in Layers

While Michigan weather may be beautiful, it is also extremely unpredictable. One minute it’s sunny and you’re dripping sweat and the next you’re freezing and scraping ice off your windshield. It just comes with the territory.

Our advice when packing for your tailgate is to grab everything in your wardrobe. Really.

You know the weather can change out of the blue, so make sure to cover all your bases. Pack all the basics like a set of gloves, a wide-brimmed hat to keep the sun out of your eyes, a raincoat, umbrella, coat, and even some extra socks.

While you’re at it, don’t forget your polarized sunglasses! They protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and make watching the game more enjoyable. Who wants to squint to see a touchdown, anyway?

Bring Wet Wipes

No tailgate is truly complete without a little mess, and it never hurts to be prepared. When your hands are covered in grease from your barbecue, you can just whip one of these out. You can also use them to wipe down your table and chair or even the hard bleachers when you finally take your seats.

Moist towelettes are a great addition for cleaning your hands, but don’t forget about your lenses, either. Stop by one of our locations to pick up a professional lens cleaning kit. It’ll make sure that your glasses remain streak-free, especially when the stadium lights turn on.

Pack Trash Bags

This might seem obvious, but you would be surprised by the number of times trash bags get left behind. It can be a lot of fun to party before a game, but cleaning up after yourself is just as important.
Bring two or more trash bags to your tailgate. You can use one for landfill items and another for recyclables. Plus, if you’re caught in a rain shower, a trash bag and some scissors can create an effective poncho in a pinch.

Keep a First Aid Kit

Safety first! We all know that accidents happen, so we encourage you to bring a first aid kit. Adhesive bandages can be very useful, especially if you’re tailgating with your children. After all, it’s better to have a first aid kit and not use it than to need a first aid kit and not have one.

We wouldn’t be doing our job as your vision team if we didn’t also insist you bring an extra pair of contacts, contact solution, an extra contact case, and eye drops.
In the event that you do need to handle your contacts, make sure your hands are clean first.

Our team loves watching Michigan teams hit the field. Do you have tailgating plans? Schedule an appointment with us first so you can enjoy the game with clear vision.