From the months of January through December, Cleveland weather can be greatly unpredictable. One day, it could be sunny, lovely t-shirt weather and the next, you could be wishing you had unpacked those winter accessories a little earlier. This is especially true during football season, so if you opt to go to tailgating outside instead of in the comfort of your living room, you need to be prepared for all weather.
1. Sunscreen - During the beginning of the season, be sure to not only stay hydrated and drink lots of water, but also to protect those tender skin cells on your face. If you were outside celebrating for the home opener, you know that the sun was strong in the Cleveland area that day and hopefully you brought a bottle of Banana Boat so your day at the game didn’t follow you around in the form of a nasty sunburn for the rest of the week.
2. Outerwear - Even if it’s sunny, you’ll need to bring a sweatshirt or jacket with you to the game. The wind off of the lake can be pretty relentless, so keeping covered up is important. This sweatshirt or jacket should probably have a hood as well to keep yours ears and head protected from the lake-effect wind.
Moving through the rest of the season, you’ll need to layer up and bundle for the cold wind and precipitation. Drizzle and mist are pretty popular weather conditions in the cooler fall months here, so remember layers. If you can, get a Browns wind breaker or rain coat to protect your layers from dampness and an uncomfortable afternoon.
Sometimes it becomes dire that you wear some serious winter garb. A snowsuit or snow pants are crucial to keeping the feeling in your core to a comfortable awareness level and keeping the temperature bearable. If you are a die-hard Browns fan and tailgater, be sure to invest in a nice Carhartt snow suit or snow pants, as well as a coat. This will keep the elements off of your skin, protect you from sickness and keep the fun going.
3. Accessories - It’s important to keep your core protected and warm during the colder months of the season, but your digits are vulnerable if you don’t have quality accessories. Wool socks and some waterproof boots are important. Feet can easily get very icy if you’re not out there playing the game, so some thick wool socks will help keep your toes intact. Gloves, mittens and hand warmers are all crucial as well. A good investment will be some gloves with a removable mitten flap so you can hold your beer, hot dog or phone easily with your fingers exposed, but when your hand is empty, you can slip your fingertips back in the mitten flap.
4. Tarps - Finally, you will want to not only keep yourself dry and protected from the elements, but you will also want to keep your grill, buns and other tailgating items dry as well. If you don’t already set up an awning or tarp, you may want to at least have one on hand to toss over your things in an emergency. No one likes soggy burgers or water-damaged party supplies.
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