Summer is in full swing, which means long days, warm nights and best of all—whether you’ve got tickets to see your favorite bands or your hometown baseball team—tailgating! The 2014 Traverse fits up to eight passengers and, with best-in-class maximum cargo space, all the accessories you’ll need to kick off a successful season. Here are five must-have tech accouterments for every budget.
Chevrolet MyLink Radio*, for two reasons:
Navigation: Showing up to tailgate late because you got lost on the way means sacrificing the best spot in the lot and being relegated to no man’s land. Being on time is key, so an unreliable GPS is unacceptable. Take control of your tailgating adventure with MyLink’s GPS system, featuring both 2D and 3D maps, points of interest and SiriusXM NavTraffic**. You’re not getting lost on MyLink’s watch.
Music: Don’t leave home without a tailgating playlist. Create one on your music app of choice, then use you the USB*** to connect your phone—and your music—to your Traverse’s speakers. The USB will make sure your phone charges while simultaneously drowning out your tailgating neighbor’s terrible taste in music.
A portable refrigerator: One of the best reasons to enjoy the lead-up to your favorite sporting event from beyond stadium walls is all the money you’ll save on food and drinks. A portable refrigerator will enable you to chow down on your favorite football fare without spending your kid’s college tuition in the process.
An electric grill: If you want to bring your A-game to this pre-game, refrigerated foods aren’t going to cut it. This is no wine and cheese party. An electric grill allows you to stay true to tailgate culture without the mess. You won’t need coals or tin foil—just meat, vegetables and more meat.
A grilling table: It’s one of those accessories you don’t think you need—that is, until you see someone else with one and realize why your bad knee has been acting up again: You’ve been crouched over a makeshift cooler-turned-table shoving grilled goods into your face. This is no way to live! Besides being a necessary component of an eventful tailgating session, grilling tables can also be used when camping and even in your own backyard. A good investment indeed.
A hot-cold thermos: Whether you’re staying hydrated on a scorching summer day or seeking warmth on a windy September night, a good thermos is key—especially when it comes time to put your portable refrigerator back in the Traverse and head into the stadium. Find one that keeps you cool and warm.
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Stephanie Georgopulos is Entertainment Content Producer at Gawker Media and a contributor to Thought Catalog. Her work has been featured on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Awl, Gizmodo, The Next Web, Refinery 29 and elsewhere. Email her at Stephanie@thoughtcatalog.com. Follow her on Twitter: @omgstephlol.