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College Tailgate Care Packages: A memorable send-off gift for your new freshman!

Although it’s still 90 degrees here in the midwest, recent high school grads are scouring the stores for dorm room necessities and making moving plans. It’s hard to believe, but most college students will be heading to school in only a few weeks! Maybe you have a stack of announcements and have been wanting to send the perfect going-away gifts, or your son/daughter/niece/nephew/grandchild is a new college freshman and you want to send them off in style.

There are oodles of ‘what to pack for college’ lists out there, but while a shower caddy is certainly a practical gift, you can really make their college sendoff care package memorable by combining a few essentials for that most important of college rituals…the tailgate.

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Game Day Face Paint allows your game-day warrior to show his or her true colors. You can also head over to Fanatics for temporary tattoos and nail art to show your team the love.

Etsy has some fantastic collegiate jewelry options so your student can ‘sport’ a little bling at the game (sorry, it was too good to pass up).

A wheeled cooler really comes in handy for those long walks from the dorm to the stadium. Options for team colors or logos abound.

What’s a tailgate without brats and burgers? Weber’s line of Go Anywhere grills are compact enough for easy storage and setup is a breeze.

In most of North America, football weather means hoodies, hats, and a cold posterior. Make your favorite fan the envy of the tailgate with our favorite (naturally) cold-weather camp chair. Chaheati heated camp chairs not only warm your buns (not the bratwurst kind), but they’re super comfy to sit in. Rocking a stadium seat? Our heated add-on lets you boldly sit wherever the game takes you. Your collegiate sports fan will get a warm, fuzzy feeling at every pregame event.

As for food and beverages, those are harder to pack into a goody basket, but if you’re visiting, be sure to check out our tips for a weather-defying tailgate party, including food and drink ideas to take your ‘gate to the next level.

We hope our college gift giving guide helps you find the perfect going away gift for your college-bound kid. And with winter  just around the corner, you’ve got a head start on your holiday shopping list!

What are your favorite gifts for college-bound freshmen (or upperclassmen)? Share your best ideas in the comments!

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Are You Ready for Memorial Day?

Memorial Day is around the corner, and everyone is planning for the long weekend. Longer daylight hours offer lots of opportunities to get off the beaten path and see Mother Nature coming back to life. You can also attend one of the many festivals held across the US.

Every state has their “go-to” campgrounds, but we love to look for the hidden gems tucked away in remote (and sometimes not-so-remote) areas. National parks are always a good choice too, whether it’s a day hike or a multi-day expedition.

Whether you’re spending a weekend hiking the Appalachian trail or enjoying the view from a canoe, you’ll want to be prepared. We suggest toting along our heated camping chair (of course!). No matter where you roam, the nights are likely to be chilly, so snuggle in and turn up the heat. And, for a limited time, Chaheati is offering free shipping to US customers!

We hope you enjoy your Memorial Day weekend. We are honored by your patronage and grateful for the men and women who died for our freedom. America truly is beautiful.

Have a special place you want to share? Leave us a comment and we may feature it in a blog post!

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Why You Should Create a Camping Checklist

Are you interested in going on a camping adventure or Beach Adventure?  Whether you would like to go camping alone, with a group of your friends, with your family, or with your romantic partner, you will need to bring multiple pieces of camping equipment with you, as well as other camping supplies.  Unfortunately, many campers realizes, often too late into their adventure, that they didn’t bring everything that they wanted to or needed to bring.  To prevent yourself from becoming one of those campers, you may want to think about creating a camping checklist for yourself, as there are a number of benefits to doing so.

One of the many benefits of creating a adventure checklist for yourself is that you are less likely to forget to bring important pieces of equipment like a Chaheati Chair or other needed camping or beach supplies.  Unfortunately, when it comes to camping, many individuals often wish to bring something, but when it comes down to remembering that is a different story.  To help you remember everything that you want and need to bring, you will want to make sure that you create a adventure checklist for yourself.  Remember to add anything that you can think of as more items cross your mind.

A benefit to creating an adventure checklist for yourself is that it makes it easy to go shopping for all of your supplies. In addition to forgetting to pack something important, many people draw a blank once they get to the store a camping checklist will help you make sure to remember everything you need.

What you will want to do is sit down with a pen and a piece of paper and start writing. You will want to think of everything that you will need to go camping or spending a day at the beach.  One of the best ways to create a camping checklist for yourself is to go through your daily activities. For instance, you will need a camping tent and a sleeping bag to sleep.  You are going to need somewhere to sit as well, so you know bring that Chaheati chair. When it comes to your food, you may want to add a cooler, hamburger meat, ketchup, mustard, rolls and so forth to your checklist.

Of course, creating a camping checklist for is something that is completely optional, but it may help to make your next adventure a memorable and a pleasant one. With camping or adventure checklists being easy to create, why wouldn’t you at least want to give making one a chance?  You may actually be surprised just how much a simple checklist helps to improve your next adventure.

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Should You Buy or Rent Your Camping Gear

Are you planning on taking a camping trip in the near future?  If this is your first time going camping, you will need to get camping gear to take with you, as you may not already own it.  While your first impulse may be to head on down to your local sports store and run up the credit card, did you know that you have another option as well?  You do.  In addition to buying your own camping gear, you may also be able to rent it.

When it comes to determining whether you should buy your own camping gear or just rent the camping gear that you need, you may have a difficult time deciding what to do.  If you are wondering what you should do, you will want to continue reading on.  Below, the pros and cons of both buying your own camping gear and renting your camping gear are outlined.

As for buying your own camping gear, you will find that the biggest con or downside to doing so is the cost.  Depending on what you need to buy, it can get pretty expensive to purchase your own camping gear with the exception of the Chaheati.  It’s an all season chair so you can use it anytime of the year and not just with camping.  With that in mind though, there are a number of camping gear equipment pieces, like camping tents or sleeping bags, that can be purchased for affordable prices.  If you are looking to camp on a budget, you can still buy your own camping gear, but you just need to know where to look.  Some great places to find used gear is thrift shops.  You can often find cooking gear and pretty decent backpacks in good condition.  However when you do buy try to buy gear that you can not only use for camping but also for sporting events like youth soccer, track or other outdoor activities.

Although there are a number of downsides, like the price, to buying your own camping gear, you will also find that there are a number of pros or plus sides to doing so as well. One of those plus sides is the fact that you will own the camping gear in question. This means that you can use it as little or as often as you would like.  If you are planning to take a number of camping trips in the future, you will find that it is easier, as well as cheaper in the long run, to buy your own camping gear.

It is also important to mention the freedom that you have, when buying your own camping gear. When buying your own camping gear, you can buy basically whatever you want. For instance, if you would like a camping tent that is the color black, you are free to do so.  When you buy your own camping gear, you have the ability to be picky if you want to be.  With a large selection of camping gear pieces to choose from, from a number of different retailers, the decision as to what you want to buy is yours to make.

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If you are unable to buy your own camping gear or if you would prefer not you, your other option is to rent your camping gear.  When it comes to renting camping gear, you will also find a number of pros and cons. As for the cons of renting your camping gear, you may find that you are faced with a limited selection of camping gear pieces to choose from.  Many camping gear rental stations only carry the basic items, like tents, hot plates, and coolers.  While you may have some choices, you will mostly find that your selection is limited.  Also keep in mind that if you rent the investment you make in the rental will never go toward you earning your own equipment.

As for the pros or plus sides to renting your camping gear, instead of buying it, you will find that the cost is much more affordable. Despite being relatively affordable, different camping gear rental stations charge different rental fees.  You will also find that camping gear can typically be rented for as little as one day or as long as a couple of weeks. Renting your camping gear is nice if this is your first time going camping and if you are unsure as to whether or not you would be interested in doing so again.

As you can see, there are a number of pros and cons to both buying your own camping gear and renting it.  In addition to the two above mentioned options, you may also want to think about borrowing camping gear from someone that you know.  You may even be able to do so free of charge.

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Holiday Gift Ideas-Sport’s Minded

Holiday Gift Ideas-Sport’s Minded

There are tons of people out there that are just not good gift givers…like me. I have to start researching online months before Christmas just in preparation. Here are a few gift ideas for sport’s minded people:

• CRUZIN COOLER, http://www.cruzincooler.com, the cooler is light and small enough to fit in most trunks. The cooler can be used for hunting, sporting events, races, camping, golf or even a trip to the grocery store to keep your food cold all the way home.

• POWERMAT WIRELESS CHARGING MATS, http://www.powermat.com, Powermat Wireless Charging Mats provide a simple, fast and efficient way to keep all of your favorite personal electronic devices charged. Just place your device with a Powermat enabled Receiver on the Mat to start charging wirelessly.

• BIONIC GOLF GLOVE, http://www.bionicgloves.com, Designed by a leading orthopedic hand surgeon, Bionic technology is totally unique in the marketplace. There is nothing like it. The difference is found in the design based on the anatomy of the hand and the science of ergonomics.

• SPORT’S TICKETS: Purchase local football, baseball, hockey, etc. tickets for your loved ones.

And of course,

• CHAHEATI ALL-SEASON HEATED CHAIR, www.chaheati.com, The Chaheati™ is cordless, lightweight and collapsible so you can bring it anywhere. Its heating system has four heat settings and provides up to six hours of heat. Now, there’s no reason to pack it in early when the weather turns cool outside – Just grab some heat with Chaheati!