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TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELING TO A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT (PART 2)

4. Arrive early

As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to arrive at least two hours early. You don’t want to miss the pre-event ceremonies because you’re stuck in traffic, trying to find a place to park, or standing in line waiting to get inside. Remember this is a bucket list event. Make the most of it by getting there early so you can experience the tailgating scene and soak up the energy from the crowds as anticipation of the big sports event builds.

6. Make purchases outside the venue

Food and souvenir are notably expensive inside sporting venues. The fact is that you can save more money as well as eat better food outside the venue. I’ve found tailgaters to be among the friendliest people in the world. Compliment them on the smell of whatever they are cooking and you’ll likely get an invitation to join them for a bite.

The best deals for souvenirs can be found from venders outside the venue, after the event. They don’t like having to pack up and carry inventory home and they are much more willing to bargain. By holding off on purchasing souvenirs until after the event, you’ll have the added benefit of not having to keep up with them during the event.

7. Plan your potty breaks

Waiting for halftime to go to the restroom is a bad idea. You may miss a game-changing play as the event resumes since you are having to ask the person in the next stall for some toilet paper. Worse yet, you will run the risk of having an accident in your pants. The best time to go to the restroom is during a commercial time-out, before half-time, or other official break in the action. Your other option would be to wear adult diapers to the event and not worry about it.

8. Bring a charging device for your smartphone

With the right apps, your smartphone is the best tool for making the most of your trip. Social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are great for sharing photos of your adventure with your friends. You can also find nearby places to eat and read reviews via Yelp and TripAdvisor. TripIt is great for keeping your itinerary organized. Google Maps will help keep you from getting lost. While apps can enhance your trip and help preserve your memories, they do tend to drain your phone’s battery so bringing a portable, battery powered charging device is essential.