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July 13, 2020  |  Tips & Guides  |  Insect Repellents

Wirecutter: The Best Gear to Take to a Drive-In Movie Theater

Wellfleet, MA, USA July 8, 2009 The Wellfleet Drive In welcomes its guests to their outdoor theater before the start of their feature movie

The Best Gear to Take to a Drive-In Movie Theater

Instead of enjoying a blockbuster at a multiplex this summer, moviegoers are turning to a retro outdoor classic: the drive-in theater. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, drive-ins offer fresh air, ample room for social distancing, and a fun, family-friendly activity. (Be sure to check your theater’s protocols before you go.)

I recently drove 75 miles from my home in the suburbs of Washington, DC, to Stephens City, Virginia, to take in a double feature (Jurassic Park and Jaws) at the Family Drive-In Theatre—the only permanent drive-in theater open in the northern part of the state. It was a picturesque evening with clear skies, warm (not humid) weather, and families enjoying a rare outing. For a moment, life felt normal again.

My night at the drive-in was one of the nicest I’ve spent during quarantine. The key to a similar experience? Preparation. Here are a few essentials (and some fun extras) to help you make the most of your movie night under the stars.

From comfy seating to Sawyer Picaridin, check out Justin Redman’s Drive-In essentials here: https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/gear-for-drive-in-movie-theater/

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