Drive-In Essentials to Keep Everyone Comfortable During Movies, Concerts & Beyond
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I’m going to come right out and say it: this year has been a little nutty. But, in spite of the chaos, there is a silver lining and that is the revival of the drive-in theatre. This unique piece of American nostalgia is making a comeback by way of hosting concerts, outdoor movies and other events that everyone can enjoy from the comfort of their own car and I’ve pulled together a list of items that will keep you calm, cozy, hydrated and full of snacks while you sit back and enjoy the show.
If it’s a beautiful night at the drive-in you probably won’t want to stay confined to your car the whole time. These basic camp chairs from Coleman are pretty compact which makes them perfect for keeping in your trunk or truck bed. They come with side pockets, mesh cup holder and an attached 4-can cooler making refills easier than ever. The arms are adjustable but if you’ve got little ones in-tow this Octopus Beach Chair is probably more their size and it’s also the cutest little camp chair that I have ever seen.
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The premium insulation of this cooler bag keeps ice up to 24hrs and that means that whatever drinks or cold snacks that you stick in there are gonna be just as fresh coming out as they were going in. It's more portable than the quintessential Coleman coolers - which are also a great drive-in choice since they can double as seats or boosters - and has an odor-resistant liner to keep it from getting funky. Pro tip: keep a bottle opener/corkscrew tucked away in the front pocket at all times so you’re never left in a bottle opening lurch.
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Is a movie even a movie if you aren’t eating candy while you watch it? Make sure every movie is in-fact a movie with this 32oz variety pack of everyone’s favorite fruity candies: Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Nerds, Skittles, Starbursts, Sweet Tarts, Twizzlers and Haribo Gold-Bear Gummis. If you’d rather have some healthy snacks handy you can’t go wrong with the CraveBox Care Package that’s loaded with the perfect mix of sweet, salty, savory and healthy snacks.
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If you’re in for a double-feature or a night of live music this twist pillow will probably come in handy at some point. It has flexible joints that allow you to adjust it perfectly to fit your neck, head, back or legs and the memory foam inner core delivers firm but comfortable support. Plus, the breathable, cotton cover is machine washable so you can easily keep it clean and fresh if you happen to spill a drink or nod off and drool on it a bit.
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Throw blankets are a must-have for any drive-in outing. Sometimes it gets chilly out there at night, sometimes you just want to cuddle up in a cozy throw while taking in a movie and sometimes kids fall asleep before the movies are done and need to be tucked-in until you get them home. For extra cold weather or a situation where you might want to lay a nice padded blanket out on the ground, this sherpa fleece throw is big, thick and extra cozy.
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You should keep a flashlight in your car for a billion different reasons but should absolutely have one handy for a night out at the drive-in. Whether you drop something on the floorboards or need to make your way to the restroom or concession stand, this led flashlight is going to come in handy. If you have kids with you these PartyStick Glow Sticks or Glow Party Favors are another bright idea for helping everyone have the best time ever after the sun goes down.
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Sitting still for hours at a time can be difficult for some people so it’s never a bad idea to stash a handheld game console in the car to give wandering minds something else to focus on. This portable console comes loaded with 400 classic games at a fraction of the price of other models and can be played up to 5hrs at a time on a single charge. Never a bad idea to keep some kids noise-canceling earmuffs with you, either, to help your little gamer block out the sounds of the drive-in or help someone that might be getting sleepy drift off to sweet slumber while you get to enjoy the rest of the show at a reasonable volume.
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