As summer turns to fall, kids across America return to the fields of competition. Whether your child plays football or soccer, cheers or marches in the band, you may find yourself in the stands one evening wishing you were better prepared. Unlike midsummer nights when darkness barely cools the air, late summer and fall evenings cool rapidly after the sun goes down. If this is your first autumn on the sidelines, the chill can take you by surprise. Here are some tips to help you make it through the evening more comfortably.
The key word is "layers"
You will want to pack an extra layer or two to put on during the game if you can. Try tying a sweater or hoodie around your waist or over your shoulders. If the night air really gets chilly, you might even want to carry along a jacket or a coat. You can always sit on the extra layers until they are needed.
Don't forget your head
A lot of your body heat is lost through your head. A sock cap or scarf can go a long way toward keeping you nice and warm during the game, and can be a great way to show your team spirit if you make sure to wear the right colors.
Bring a blanket
It's never a bad idea to bring along a blanket. Whether you are sitting on cold, metal bleachers or a thin camp chair, a blanket can help to keep your bottom half warm. And of course, if the night gets windy and cold, you can share your blanket with your nearest friend and cuddle up for extra warmth.
Protect your hands
Clapping and cheering can leave your hands exposed to the cool night air. This can lead to chapped, rough skin. Your best bet is to moisturize before and after the game, and pack along some gloves for added protection. Soft, stretchy gloves barely take up any room and can be another way to sport the team's colors.
Protect your lips, too
Lips are even more prone to chapping as you cheer your team to victory. Slather on some lip balm, and reward yourself with luscious lips in the morning.
Don't leave your child in the cold
Kids can get cold, too, especially on the sidelines. If your kid's game doesn't start until almost dark, make sure and give them an extra layer under their gear. I've been to youth football games where the players were freezing in the cold, evening wind while their parents sat bundled under blankets and hats. It's hard for me to enjoy a game when I know the kids are suffering.
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