Game Day Comfort: Top Tips for Staying Warm in the Stands
March 12, 2017
When it comes to popularity, college football games are as hot as ever late in the season, but fans in the stands may start to feel the chill. Nothing takes the fun out of a game like numb feet and chattering teeth, so you want to make sure you head to the game fully prepared. With the right football gear and warm clothes, you can watch the game in comfort even as the temperature dwindles. Follow these toasty tips to keep warm while you cheer on your favorite players.
Keep Warm With Layered Sports Clothing
If you don't want to freeze in the stands, layering up with warm football gear is the way to go. Think beyond a warm winter jacket, since hands and feet are often the first to feel the chill. For your hands, opt for warm mittens instead of gloves, or go for mitten-style hand warmers for even more heat. For your feet, start with a layer of athletic socks to wick moisture, and cover them with a pair of wool socks for insulation. Finish up the ensemble with a pair of winter boots.
If your ears and face are exposed, even the excitement of the football game may not be enough to keep you from shivering. Whether you're heading out with a winter hat or you're set on sporting a baseball cap, consider wearing a balaclava underneath to keep your face extra toasty. For really cold football games, you might even want a fleece-lined winter liner to protect exposed skin from the wind.
Fuel Your Body With Warm Food and Drinks
Staying full and hydrated gives your body the power it needs to keep you warm inside and out. Bring a water bottle and thermal flask for holding some piping hot tea, coffee or chocolate to sip between plays. For a dose of team spirit, add stickers to the flask that feature your team colors or logo. Ensure the flask has a strong locking lid to avoid spills, and keep it tightly closed when you aren't drinking to prevent your beverage from cooling down.
While college football concessions are a must, bringing your own snacks can help you to stay fueled throughout every minute of the game. If there aren’t any restrictions against outside food, get an insulated lunch tote with the logo of your football team and fill it with hot food in plastic containers. Don't forget to bring cutlery and napkins. You should also toss some candy, peanuts, granola bars and other snacks in your bag for good measure.
Keep Things Comfortable With Cushions and Hot Packs
Whether you're cheering from the bleachers or stadium seats, a few warm comforts go a long way toward making the football game more enjoyable. Bring a seat cushion to help keep you comfortable. Opt for the memory foam variety so you don't feel the need to shift your position every few minutes.
For even more warmth, bring a few instant hot packs of different sizes. Place them in your mittens, against your neck, on your belly or anywhere else that could use extra heat. As a precautionary measure, protect your skin by bringing along hand towels to wrap packs up in case they get too hot. Keep in mind that their heat duration is limited, so you should bring enough to get you through the whole football game.
Packing warm gear can mean the difference between enjoying a heated football game and leaving just after the first quarter. Don't forget to check the forecast before you set off. If there's any chance of rain, bring a raincoat or a poncho. Once you hit the stands, be sure to get up and walk around whenever you can to generate more heat. With the right combination of strategies, no amount of cold weather can get in the way of your football experience.
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