The start of football season last week also means the start of tailgating season! WooHoo! Even if you are not going to the game, tailgating is a great way to celebrate your favorite teams with fellow fans. Make this tailgating season a success by being prepared with these tips from Tailgating U of America:
- Dress in team colors!!! Wear a team jersey or sweatshirt! Show your team spirit. Tailgaters are the best fans.
- Plan your menu and do prep work a day or two before the game. Keep the menu simple and pack prepared food in disposable containers.
- Make a list of the items you want to take along. Check off items as you pack. Pack paper products (plates, napkins, towels, forks, spoons, etc.) the night before. Remember such items as a small first aid kid, trashbags, water, and damp towels in ziplocks to clean hands and face.
- Plan to arrive 3 to 4 hours early and stay 1 to 2 hours after the game.
- Find a good spot to park. Park next to a grassy area or at the end of the parking row–this gives you more room.
- Decorate your tailgate site with team memorabilia.
- Meet your tailgate neighbors, throw the football with friends, play your favorite hype music and eat some delicious food. Share food with neighbors. Swap recipes.
- Food should be ready 1 and 1/2 hours before the game starts. This is plenty of time for those going to the game to eat and clean up. (Those not going to the game can pull out the radio or TV.)
- Leave area clean. Begin thinking about food and friends for the next game.
MUST HAVES FOR TAILGATING
Jumper cables After a great tailgate party, some would love to stay in the parking lot forever but everyone might not share that thought.
Toilet paper. The MVP (most valuable product) of the parking lot. Don’t get caught with your pants down in a Port-A-Potty with no TP.
Plastic trash bags for clean up. A dedicated tailgater always respects their surroundings and leaves it clean.
Extra ice. Don’t ever run out of ice. Just bring a full extra ice chest and enjoy.
Rain gear. Don’t get caught in the rain!
First aid kit. Just in case that football hits you in the head.
Sun block. Reports say we will have a warm fall. Even if you burn the food, there is no reason for you to burn.
Comfortable shoes. In this case, beauty is not pain.
Antacid. With all the foods consumed at the tailgate, we need some help. Remember defense wins championships.
What are your tailgate tips and must haves? Share in the comments below.