Keeping Warm at Outdoor Sporting Events (Spectators) - Propane Heater?
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Posted: 4/28/2011 12:42:40 AM
Looking for suggestions on things to wear/do to help keep warm at my son's lacrosse games. Tonight it was 37 degrees and pouring rain. I was freezing cold and miserable. This is what I had on:

- long sleeve thermal t-shirt
- short sleeve t-shirt
- Under Armour hoodie
- Tights
- Jeans
- Wool socks
- Fur lined leather boots
- big fluffy down jacket with hood (which I wore)
- fleece scarf
- hand warmers
- fleece blanket
- stadium blanket (water proof with fleece lining)
- sat under an umbrella under a canopy on bleachers
- stadium seat (raised seat that keeps you up off the cold metal)

A woman in front of me had a portable propane heater. Anyone have one of these? After tonight's game I am seriously thinking of getting one. If you have one, any advice on purchasing one?


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Posted: 4/28/2011 12:46:13 AM
Check at your local camping/hunting store - my DH got a propane tent heater - but I think he ordered it on-line at Cabella's. Hope your son has a great season and you don't freeze!!!

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Posted: 4/28/2011 1:00:33 AM
I have been in the same situation. Ds ran NCAA Cross Country Nationals in Louisville KY. It was in the high 20's and snowing. Ugh Propane heaters work great; we have used them camping for years. We bought our latest one at Wal Mart.

May I also suggest getting ear warmers? In the brand that I buy there is a place where you can stick the instant heat hand warmers. It makes a huge difference with the instant warmers inside the ear warmers. It really helps so much when your ears are warm. In Louisville I wore them under my beanie. Not the greatest look but I did not care.

Link to ear warmers that I use

Good luck.


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Posted: 4/28/2011 1:05:09 AM
Obviously "cold" is not a national sport lol


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Posted: 4/28/2011 2:25:05 PM
Patti - thanks for the suggestion on the ear warmers. I have a pair, I am going to pull them out for the next game.



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Posted: 4/28/2011 2:27:15 PM
I don't take a propane heater, although that's a pretty cool idea. I do have an extra heavy camping sleeping bag that I zip up and then step into. Then I shake myself down into it and cuddle up in my chair. Beats the daylights out of blankets any day!



Okay fine, I'll probably never skinny dip, but I'm having fun in smaller swimsuits!

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Posted: 4/28/2011 2:32:03 PM
LOL...Keri, I am almost at that point. I am not quite sure how I would manage to keep it dry though...the ground is always really wet. I know that my dd woud be all over that idea. She was a popsicle right along with me.


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Posted: 4/28/2011 2:35:20 PM
Get one of those tarps to put under your chairs. Then set your chairs down and and you and your daughter wiggle into your sleeping bags. Trust me, everyone will be seriously jealous of your set up! LOL And of yes, wear the ear muffs too!

I guess the tarp won't keep the sleeping bag dry if it's raining, but maybe it will keep it clean??? LOL





Okay fine, I'll probably never skinny dip, but I'm having fun in smaller swimsuits!

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Posted: 4/28/2011 2:43:27 PM
I am surprised that someone was allowed to use a propane heater at the school field or public rec area. Usually there are rules prohibiting their use.

When it is raining and your clothes get damp and it is cold, there is nothing that is going to get/keep you warm. That is how people get more hypothermic when they are wet.

You mentioned that you wore a jacket with a hood, but try wearing a good quality beanie fleece hat. Lots of wind gets around a hood.

May I suggest that you order some rain gear? Not the cheap plastic poncho things or the nasty plastic jackets that you buy at Target or Wal-Mart that you will sweat to death in.

Order some Frog-Togs or other such raingear from Bass Pro Shops or Cabela's or get thee to a good sporting goods. Get the jacket with the hood and the pants. The pants are key.

This is just friendly advice from someone who has spent :
1) The past 8 years at sporting events especially those with the wind howling on you in all types of precipitation.
2) At dozens of Cub/Boy Scout camping trips in which we have camped in tents in the snow (Klondike camping) and we have experienced every type of precipitation within a few hours (rain, sleet, hail, then snow).
And by rain, I mean downpours.

Once your clothes are damp/wet, you are sunk.

Ditto the suggestion about snuggling down into a good quality sleeping bag versus the multiple blankets.

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Posted: 4/28/2011 2:59:43 PM
Thanks MerryMom. I had a great fleece hat and left it somewhere...so I know I need a new one. We were dry...between the cabana thing we were sitting under and our big old golf umbrella we stayed dry...just not warm.

I have that same concern about the heaters being allowed. I haven't seen any signs posted at the schools. But, I will check with our high school/school district. We play most of our home games on a community field right next to the high school. There is a huge sign with lots of fine print about rules for that field...I'll make a point of reading it next time! I had thought of taking it when I go camping with my Girl Scout troop, but I bet it wouldn't be allowed in a GS camp either.


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Posted: 4/28/2011 3:11:44 PM
We took a small propane heater to high school softball games and it was amazing! We had metal bleachers and I would set it under the first (or maybe second) row and then sit up one row with a blanket to catch the heat. I had other friends who would sit by me and we all loved the heat. One of the team Dad's took another one to the dugout.

We just didn't have any problems with having a heater in our area.


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Posted: 4/28/2011 5:29:06 PM
I wear warm socks and a sweat shirt. I have a sleeping bag that is for freezing weather and I crawl into that baby. I don't wear my shoes or a coat but I do wear the hood that is on my sweatshirt. My husband pulls the strings to tighten the Sleeping bag around my face. I Stay toasty warm even in ffreezing rain. I may look like a caterpillar in a cocoon but at least I am warm.
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