Tech Tips on How to Have a Successful Tailgate

It’s that time of the year again: tailgating season. Get the best apps and gadgets to score a touchdown at your tailgate.

Be the coolest tailgater in the lot with the PartyCooler. Keep your drinks cold and the party going with the built in water resistant Bluetooth speaker. This portable party has 10 hours of playback and even a nozzle to serve guests. The PartyCooler is two tailgating essentials combined into one awesome gadget that is a must-have this fall.

Want to sit with friends at the big game? Download the Gametime app to find the perfect live sports experience and easily share ticket links with friends. Search games for almost every sport in a major city near you to get the best prices on tickets. For any seat you select the app shows you a high resolution panorama view from that section, so you can determine if that’s the best seat for the game. Skip the hassle of printing out online tickets and use the app’s barcode ticket scanner for instant entry and stress-free purchasing.

You’ll tailgate rain or shine, but wouldn’t you like to know the most accurate weather? Your phone’s weather app will give you an idea but the Weather Underground app tells all. In addition to using the standard NEXRAD radar data, Weather Underground takes it a step further by gathering data from an additional 200,000 personal stations. With detailed hourly forecasts, week ahead forecasts and radar imaging that shows projected storm paths you’ll be able to know if a storm will cause a rained out game or playable showers.

No one will deny the most important thing at a tailgate is the food. Superfans and family alike will gather around delicious recipes to cheer on their favorite teams. Find tailgating recipes, game day DIYs, outfits, drinks and more life hacks on Pinterest. A crowd favorite is this buffalo chicken dip.

Secure a safe ride home after a long tailgate with sober driver apps like Uber or BeMyDD. Uber links straight to your credit card and all you have to do is set a location for pickup and wait for a driver. With BeMyDD you can hire a designated driver to drive you home in the comfort of your own car. You can reserve drivers or request pickup when you’re out at the game, both will get you and your car home safely. With reliable means of getting home, let loose and have a worry-free game day.

Use these apps and gadgets to ensure an easy going tailgate that will impress family and friends. Have a ball and cheer on your favorite teams in style!

Heidi Raker, mother of three tech-obsessed teens, has written about lifestyle products and parenting for over 30 years. She has a no-cellphone-at-meals policy, which remains one of her biggest family challenges.