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Tips to Make this Camping and Tailgating Season a Success

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Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:00 pm | Updated: 1:34 am, Mon Jul 22, 2013.

(StatePoint) Whether you’re camping, tailgating or barbecuing, this season, the party is outside. And with outdoor fun comes different challenges.

Here are four things to consider while planning your camping weekend or tailgating party.

Go Gourmet

In addition to your standard fare of burgers and hot dogs, impress your friends with some gourmet choices. Think shish kabob, grilled fruits and teriyaki chicken wings. For drinks, think outside the beer can and bring your blender. Look for drink recipes that highlight your team’s colors.

If you’re camping, gussy up your roasted marshmallows with Nutella or peanut butter. Bake homemade cookies to bring along and use them as your base instead of graham crackers.

Power Up

When it comes to power, the generator you choose is important. Look for an inverter generator to keep your cell phones and portable electronics charged and your food cooking. You won’t want the power to cut out before half time, or before the weekend is through.

Look for an inverter generator that features computer-controlled technology, so it continuously adjusts engine speed to save fuel and run longer. For example, the Briggs & Stratton Inverter Generator, a 2000 watt generator, is designed for efficiency and reliability, and is highly portable, as it’s 45 percent lighter than traditional camping generators. And if you’re going camping, while you’re outside under the stars, the last thing you want to hear is the rumble of an engine, making this quiet inverter generator a good choice.

More information on generators can be found at www.briggsandstratton.com.

Stay Safe

Have your fun, but be sure to designate a driver, tasked with getting everyone home safely at the end of the day. When emotions are high during game time, things can get rowdy. So don’t forget to be respectful of fellow tailgaters around you, so no issues arise.

Out in the woods, be sure to store food away safely at the end of the night to avoid any encounters with hungry wildlife.  And remember to never go camping without a first aid kit.

Make a List

Nothing spoils a good time like forgetting something important. From batteries to buns, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you need for a good time. So make a list and check it twice -- before you leave home!

With a few twists on outdoor classic fun, you can make this season the best one yet.

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